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New Guccivuitton Exhibit in ICA Miami’s Atrium Gallery

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Guccivuitton exhibition at ICA Miami

(Miami, Florida) — The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery-show and sales exhibit in the museum’s Atrium Gallery: Guccivuitton.


The Guccivuitton exhibition is located in ICA Miami’s Atrium Gallery and is running from May 14, 2015 to September 25, 2015. The gallery is comprised of the artists collective Guccivuitton founded by Loriel Beltran, Domingo Castillo and Aramis Gutierrez. The exhibit challenges traditional notions of authorship.


The four-story artist-run exhibit is a sales gallery comprised of unsold work by more than 30 artists. Pieces are displayed on multi-story storage racks created by the design firm Office GA. All pieces are available until they are sold. The artists who put together the collection have a desire to equalize the role and value of design, folk art, and fine art.


This innovative exhibit will be on display at The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami until September 25, 2015.


Guccivuitton founders

About Guccivuitton

The collective group Guccivuitton formed in 2013 in Little Haiti, Miami as part of a growing group of artist-run galleries. With an emphasis on vernacular culture and local art, Guccivuitton’s three founders are: Loriel Beltran (b. 1985), Domingo Castillo (b. 1984), and Aramis Gutierrez (b. 1975). The group’s initiative includes challenging the typical notion of authorship in folk art, design, and fine art. Both Loriel Beltran and Aramis Gutierrez have had solo exhibitions in Miami. Domingo Castillo has work that has been exhibited internationally. Guccivuitton Co-Founder Aramis Gutierrez is the Collection Manager for Museo Vault, a premiere private gallery space and fine art storage facility for Miami artists.


For more information on what Museo Vault is doing in the Miami arts scene, visit our website or contact us today to reserve fine art storage space for an art collection.

How to Protect Art for Storage

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The last thing you want to do to your art investment is to ruin it during the storage process. The process of correctly storing canvases—whether framed or unframed—is meticulous but necessary. By using the right handling methods, materials, and storage environments, you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew or scratches damaging your collection.

Always Store Canvas Upright

The best way to store canvas prints and paintings is to keep them upright. Stored flat on their backs or stacked between padding may work as a very temporary measure, but canvas will eventually sag. For long-term storage, therefore, invest in a canvas rack, which holds framed and unframed canvases in separate, upright slots.

Use Acid-Free Paper and Cotton Gloves

Wear light cotton gloves whenever you handle your canvases to prevent the oils from your fingers from smudging the paintings or the glass. Also use acid-free paper to cover exposed canvases, applying it as a layer between the canvas and a light cotton dust cover.

Handle Only One Canvas at a Time

It takes a little longer to do so, but handle only one canvas at a time. This ensures that canvases and frames do not scratch each other. Never carry a stack of paintings from one place to another.

Store Canvas in a Climate Controlled Environment

Air that is too dry or too damp, too hot or too cold (or swinging from one extreme to another during the changing of the seasons) will quickly deteriorate canvas. Keep all your paintings stored in a climate-controlled environment that also contains humidity controls.

Eliminate Sunlight

Sunlight breaks down the canvas fibers and damages paint, thus making it one of the greatest enemies of your art collection. Keep your canvases in a dark room with no windows, or board up any windows to prevent sunlight from entering.

Museo Vault offers superior art storage services in a highly secured, climate-controlled environment. Our storage rooms are professionally designed to eliminate risk from light, fire, and flood as well as give you peace of mind that your collection is safe and secure. Visit our Home page for more information about our art storage and other services.

Seasonal Storage: Hurricane Season Storage Tips

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A severe rainstorm in Florida can damage property, indoors and out

Hurricane Season is fast approaching, during which millions of snow birds are heading back north leaving valuables behind in South Florida. Do you have your valuables stored safely away? Will your belongings survive heavy storms? A heavy rain storm can damage property inside and out, and valuable objects like art, statuary, patio furniture, and even indoor art studios should be secured prior to departure.

Use these seasonal storage tips to ensure that you are doing everything possible to secure your possessions in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Keep a record of valuables.

List off valuables kept on your property, including automobiles, electronics, VIN numbers, fine art, and other property that would be a qualified insurance claim in the event that your area was struck by a hurricane. It is much easier to scrawl down a list of valuables now than try to remember everything you kept in your vacation home after a storm hits.

Prepare early.

June 1 marks the official beginning of hurricane season, but locals know that storms can hit earlier than the expected date. That means that it pays to be prepared early. Reserve a storage center in advance, if possible, because there are often waiting lists during hurricane season for prime storage units.

Clean up the yard.

Make plans for removal of tree clippings or garden debris before the season hits. A pile of branches can easily be blown into a window during high intensity storms. Keeping your yard clear of debris year round is aesthetically pleasing, but keeping it tidy during hurricane season is a must since it will ultimately protect your property.

Store valuables off site.

Fine art, vintage cars, valuable jewelry, and other similar items should really be kept at a secure off-site location during hurricane season, such as a bank deposit box for jewelry or at a fine art storage center for priceless art and vintage furniture.

Keep stored items away from moisture.

Whether you’re storing holiday decorations or trompe l’oeil, it is essential to protect your items and store them away properly. In Florida homes, businesses, and studios, moisture damage can easily occur, damaging priceless works of art, documents, and memorabilia. Prior to storing delicate paintings, wrap them in waterproof wraps. Do not store any valuable items (including canvasses or sculpture) that you wish to keep on a cement floor (as a cement floor will absorb all the moisture from the ground after a storm), in an attic (which can leak), or in a basement (which is the dampest part of any building, and the area most prone to flooding). Do store cherished family artifacts, important documents, and works of art in a climate-controlled storage unit during hurricane season in Florida.

Secured Art Storage for Artists and Collectors

If you would like to move your art collection into your own private, secured, humidity-controlled art storage unit in South Florida, contact Museo Vault to make your reservation today.


The Social Cog Fundraiser at Museo Vault

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As part of the company’s ongoing mission of supporting the community, Museo Vault recently held a fundraising cocktail reception to benefit The Social Cog, an organization that gives social support and coaching to adults with disabilities (including adults with autism). This event, called Night at The Museo, was held at Museo Vault’s gallery viewing space in the Wynwood Art District in Miami. The event included a photography exhibit by New York photographer Debbie Rasiel and a silent auction.


Held on April 30, 2015, Night at The Museo was a well-supported event held at Museo Vault, 346 NW 29th St., in Miami. The exhibit brought out many crowds and resulted in substantial fundraising success for The Social Cog.


IMG_3066For the event, Museo Vault displayed a photography exhibit by Debbie Rasiel entitled “Scenes from South Beach and Wynwood.” Tickets to the event were sold at $50 each and a silent auction was held during the evening, to raise additional funds for The Social Cog.


The Social Cog is a non-profit organization that offers social support services to high functioning individuals with learning and developmental disabilities. It was founded to help adults in a seldom-served segment of the population: post-high school age individuals. Co-Founded by the parent of a 23-year old with autism, The Social Cog helps adults with disabilities make friends, create a sense of community, and create connections.


Based in Miami, Florida, The Social Cog provides social outings and social coaching (during and in between social events) to help participants with disabilities. Participants meet together in small groups based on shared interests. Social opportunities include cooking classes, painting, bowling, kayaking, watching sports events together, laser tag, and many other activities in Miami.


Founded in 2008, Museo Vault offers fine art storage, gallery-style exhibition spaces, private art show setup, and other premiere art services in the Miami metro area. Museo Vault’s location in the Wynwood Art District in Miami makes it a sought-after venue for private art shows and art auctions in South Florida.


To learn more about Night at The Museo, you can read about the fundraising event in the Miami Herald.

Why Climate-controlled Self Storage is Recommended for Fine Art

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Protect your art collection at Museo Vault. Do you want to preserve your art collection in South Florida? Climate-controlled storage is a must. Damp, leaky attics, musty basements, and garages are no place for fine art. There are some parts of the country where you can often store paintings, statuary, and other art objects in studios or even partially finished garage areas, at least for part of the year. However, South Florida’s high humidity levels, heavy storms, and scorching heat make for a pretty tough environment in storage areas that are not climate controlled. This blog will introduce art storage and climate controlled fine art storage, contrasting this type of specialized storage with typical storage units, and will touch on how the unique climate of Miami and South Florida can affect items in long-term storage if they are not stored in a climate-controlled unit.

What is climate controlled storage?

If a unit is climate controlled, it means that both moisture levels and temperature are kept at a constant level. These are critical factors in preserving art. Humidity levels in even indoor, air-conditioned environments and studios in Florida can often far exceed recommended levels for art storage. If your art is kept in a humid environment, wood canvas frames will swell, and delicate watercolors, pencil drawings, and pen and ink illustrations can smear and be permanently damaged. 3D art and sculpture made from natural materials (including wood, paper, and other porous substances) will swell, crack, and lose its value.

How storms affect art storage

Hurricane season brings heavy rains to Florida. These rains create a high risk of flooded homes or leaking attics. For this reason, it’s best to not store valuable art in a studio you use only seasonally, since there is a chance that the art will be damaged while you are away. In addition to the potential damage that humidity poses to art storage, the climate also invites many insects and other pests that could gnaw away at or otherwise destroy art that is placed in storage. That is another reason why storing art in a disused studio or gallery (particularly if you don’t check on it often) can be risky for valuable art.

Store Your Art in the Right Place

Specialized art storage locations offer premium art storage space for artists and collectors in South Florida. At Museo Vault, clients can rent individual storage units for their art collection. Whether you need storage for marble statues or delicate canvases, we have units available in all sizes and dimensions. White glove service, gallery rental, and even remote gallery set up are available onsite.

Storing 3D Art Pieces, Statues, and Delicate Antiques

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Three-dimensional art pieces and antiques have special requirements for storage. Depending on the material, you’ll need to consider the following: adequate space; sturdy storage containers; and proper heat and humidity levels.

Adequate Storage Space

Cramped spaces create the risk of damage to art pieces, including chipping, denting, cracking, bending, folding, etc. While pieces made of hard stone or solid metal are less at risk in smaller spaces if they are handled carefully and precisely, pieces made of clay, paper, paper mache, textiles, or other less sturdy materials can easily be damaged from close quarters. A general rule is to have enough space around any 3D art piece that you can see open air on all sides between it and its neighbor. That space barrier should get wider as the material gets more fragile.

Sturdy Storage Containers

Never store any art piece directly on the floor. Although the floor is perfectly acceptable for larger statuary or other pieces, protect the piece by putting a plastic, felt, or paper barrier between the floor and the piece. Smaller pieces can be stored on non-porous storage racks. Buy art storage racks with movable shelving or have them custom-made to precisely accommodate your collection. Use unfinished wood for finished materials only and never for materials such as unfinished clay or damp paper products.

It is also wise to cover your pieces to prevent dust collecting. This preventative measure reduces any cleaning time and effort as well as protects the integrity of softer, more delicate materials.

Proper Heat and Humidity Levels

Any successful artwork storage requires the ability to control heat and humidity levels. Self storage units with climate control do generally have heating and cooling capabilities, but they almost always lack humidity control, and correct humidity levels are crucial to the long life of your investment. This is why garages and basements are also tricky places in which to store art in the long term. Soft art materials (anything not solid stone or metal) will warp, crack, and dry out when humidity levels are too low. Too much humidity encourages mold and mildew growth and damage from condensation.

Great art collections demand great storage options. In the event that you need to store your 3D works, statues, or delicate antiques while you travel, to prevent them from damage during a hurricane, or because you do not have enough room in your home to display all of your pieces, consider Museo Vault, a top storage facility for all types of art work and collections. Visit our Homepage to learn more about our top rated art storage facility as well as our other renowned services.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

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The newest of Miami’s artistic contributions to the world, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, has opened its doors. Currently residing at its temporary location on Northeast 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida, it will soon move to a new and luxurious home on Northeast 41st Street in the heart of Miami’s Design District. This new building, designed by Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos will boast 37,500 square feet, with more than 20,000 square feet of that space dedicated to exhibition galleries and another 15,000 square feet featuring a public sculpture garden.


ICA Miami’s mission statement claims that the institute is “dedicated to promoting the work of contemporary artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.” The exhibitions will showcase artwork from both established and emerging contemporary artists from all over the globe, with a permanent collection that “articulates cornerstone moments in the careers of some of the most significant artists of our time.”


Admission is free, and the ICA Miami encourages art lovers of all ages to come and contemplate what it has to offer. The current exhibition of New York-based artist Ryan Sullivan’s distinctive paintings runs until August, with future exhibitions from Guccivuitton and Open Call—Web Based Art scheduled for May and August, respectively.


ICA Miami also offers educational and outreach programs for young artists and under-privileged youth as well as college-level seminar classes to adult art lovers and life-long learners. An ICA Family Day is scheduled for June 6, 2015.


Visit the ICA Miami at its current location at 4040 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Free admission.


All quotes from ICA Miami’s website.

New Miami Art Gallery Officially Opens this Thursday

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(Miami) On Thursday, June 4, the Wynwood Art District will boast a new gallery: the Valli Art Gallery, which highlights the work of a dozen contemporary artists, including Nina Surel, Olga Andrino, Helidon Xhixha, Fabrizio Corneli, Kenor, and Javier Martin.


Founded by Franco Valli, the gallery’s philosophy is to be as much a laboratory of ideas within the art community as it is a fine art gallery. With a 15-year career on the international art circuit in Europe and two years in the art circuit in the US, Franco Valli created this project with the goal of helping promote new artists’ careers. Having recognized the influence that the city of Miami has on the worldwide art scene with the increase in Miami museums and public spaces, Valli selected the city of Miami for this gallery due to both its potential and its current creative energy. He sees Miami as being in a constant state of evolution.


With experience that spans working as a manager for an artist to gaining entrance in the international European art circuit, Franco Valli is poised to deliver a remarkable entrance into the Miami art scene with the Valli Art Gallery. As he knew several new artists and curators, Valli recognized the need for a space in which to promote their work and enhance their careers, hence the Valli Art Gallery project began.


Valli visualized this new Miami art gallery as a way of ensuring the Valli Artists’ inclusion in private art collections, giving them the opportunity of participating in international shows, and helping promote the artists’ inclusion in institutional art collections. Meeting these goals will enhance the artists’ work and its value in the art community and in the international art circuit. Artists at the Valli Art Gallery are selected based on the conceptual and formal quality of their work, as well as on each artists’ desire to build his or her career and grow as an artist.


The gallery will also display and promote pieces from the Valli Art Collection, including the work of masters such as Donald Baechler, Lucio Fontana, Roberto Barni, Afro Basaldella, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, or other works by important artists that are the result of projects and/or partnerships with international institutions and galleries.


Valli Art provides consulting services with Property Markets Group (PMG), one of the most prestigious builders in United States, working with elite architects and developers of high end commercial and residential properties. The Valli Art Gallery suggests and selects art for new properties that the Property Markets Group is constructing and chooses art for the group’s private collection.


The goal of this project is to be more than a new Miami art gallery; the Valli Art Gallery is designed to be a creative laboratory where new artists, curators, and celebrated masters formulate the future of art and culture worldwide.


To learn more about Valli Art Gallery or get involved in this community, visit the new gallery’s website or contact Valli Art Gallery directly.