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An Inside Look at the Rubell Family Collection

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Though little-known outside of the well-defined circle of the Miami art district, the Rubell Family Collection is responsible for much of Miami’s extensive arts and culture scene. To date, it owns its reputation as the collection to inspire the migration of Miami’s biggest art festivals and event, the Art Basel, to its now historic home. Despite putting Miami on the map as a legendary art destination, the Rubell Family Collection is still considered a beloved miami museum for other reasons–namely its breathtaking collection of painting, sculptures, and video art and gigantic, 40,000 volume library of artwork available for loan.

Of course, the gallery is not without its hint of mystery. It’s now located in the heart of the Miami Wynwood Design District in what was once a DEA warehouse. Its exhibitions cycle through the least privileged among the art world: women, people of color, and every intersection in between. Critics and artists alike can lose themselves in the facility’s seemingly endless library of new and legendary work. And of course, the gallery is still maintained under the watchful eyes of its eponymous family, Mera and Don Rubell, and their children, Jason and Jennifer.

The Rubell Collection spans over fifty years of Miami art history in its 45,000 square foot facility and with the dedicated service of the Rubell Family, its presence in the Miami art district will continue to grow. Even now, the gallery is planning yet another move from its home in Miami Art District to the budding Allapattah District in December 2018. Guests interested in Miami art culture at its very core, as well as the burgeoning beginnings of the art district that now demonstrates it, will still have time to pay simple visit to the Rubell Collection before the big excursion for a homegrown lesson in art, history, and everything in between.

This article will cover the history and influence of the Rubell Family Collection in the modern Miami Art District.

Background of the Rubell Family Collection

The earliest version of the Rubell Family Collection was established in 1960s New York by its original founds, Mera and Don Rubell. The couple simply started collecting art on a budget of $25 per month. With time, their collection became the foundation for the careers of many significant contemporary artists, including Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Until 1993, the growing Rubell Collection could be found in New York, until the couple made the call to relocate to Miami, citing the emergence of Miami’s historic art festival, Art Basel, as one of their inspirations. A year later, the Rubells and their son Jason founded the Contemporary Arts Foundation to expand “the mission of the Rubell Family Collection.”

Once a year, the Rubell Collection curates a major exhibition from its collection with an accompanying catalogue. Other smaller exhibitions are curated and sent out to tour other museums around the world several times a year, as the Rubell Collection makes frequent loans. Rubell Collection-curated exhibitions have appeared in the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

In addition to curating exhibitions and a loan program, the Contemporary Arts Foundation regularly maintains an internship program and ongoing lecture series. It currently holds a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools that offers thousands of students the opportunity to visit and engage with the foundation and the collection every year.

What Makes the Rubell Family Collection Unique

As one of Miami’s oldest and largest collections, the Rubell Family Collection has orchestrated a number of critically praised, financially successful exhibits–most of which are themed. Any casual onlooker of the Rubell Collection’s current and past exhibitions will notice a clear categorization for every collection: African-American Artists, women, Chinese artists, or artists of a specific media.

Because the Rubell Collection can merely select from its extensive catalog to build exhibits, it’s understandably easy for the gallery to execute its exhibitions months in advance while it continues to purchase new and relevant art. Exhibitions like Thirty Americans, which debuted at the gallery of 2008 as a collection of thirty African-American artists, can provide a wider range of art from celebrated artist types and provide a comprehensive look into the timelines and history of little known or underappreciated artists, genres, and mediums.

Because the Rubell Family are considered the trendsetters of Miami Art Culture, they can maintain incredible influence over the Miami art world in beyond. Categorized exhibits have since gained popularity in order parts of the Wynwood Art District, and the Rubells’ specific curations can be found at other museums on a loan.

Notable Works of Art in the Rubell Collection

Some of the Rubell Family Collection “categorized curations” include No Man’s Land, an exhibit comprised of solely women artists, both new and fully established. Cognizant of female artists’ obstacles to building an art career, the exhibit features newer, smaller artists with easily recognizable names like Jenny Holzer and Marlene Dumas. Every genre of medium of art – from painting to video to sculpture was featured in the May 2016 exhibit.

Another exhibit, entitled the Red Eye (named of the cross-country flight between New York and Los Angeles), only features Los Angeles artists and their work. Another exhibit, Video Art in Latin America, only showcases video artists from the continent’s most vibrant art destinations for a 3 month showing.

Son and family buyer Jason Rubell once exhibited his own art collection in his family gallery as part of his college thesis in Duke University in 1991. From the age of 13 to 21, Rubell collected treasured art of his own, to which he promptly displayed as a candid look into the styles and popular genres of the 1980s, where he first became involved in the gallery.

Smaller “project rooms” were also dedicated to work of a singular artist, showcasing the efforts of names like Jim Lambie, Andrea Lehman, and Keith Haring.

After 50 years of hand crafting Miami art culture, the Rubell Family Collection remains as one of the city’s biggest and most impressive galleries since its foundation. As the Rubell Family itself continues to expand – Don and Mera sport five grandchildren with budding interest in art history – so will the exhibitions and showcases of an incredibly forward-thinking gallery.

Art curators and appreciators around the world will surely find the Rubell Family Collection to be a valuable asset to Miami no matter where it may be located. Until its move in December 2018, consider a visit to the Rubell Family Collection a treasured opportunity to discover artists or genres that have been lost – and those not yet found.

Margulies Collection

An Inside Look at the Exquisite Margulies Collection

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Located in the historic Wynwood Arts District of Miami, the Margulies Collection is a testament to Miami’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Its place as one of Miami’s oldest and most influential galleries is shared among curators, critics and artists alike in the collection’s nearly 30-year history. Art historians and art lovers will find a simple walkthrough of the Margulies Collection – now home in its 45,000-square foot retrofitted warehouse – to be a distinct journey through Miami’s own history and culture–as well as the vision of renowned collector and real estate developer Martin Margulies.

Margulies’ advocacy for art education has since transformed the Margulies Collection from a simple gallery to a famed resource for the study of visual arts. His legacy has since been realized through the efforts of the Martin Z. Margulies’ Foundation, which funds and operates the collection in addition to onsite workshops and contemporary art classes.

This article will cover the history and influence of the Margulies Collection in the modern Miami Art District:

Background of the Miami Margulies Collection

Margulies Collection

Once the exclusive collection of real estate developer and renowned curator Martin Margulies, part of the Miami Margulies Collection first went public in 1982 with its debut in the sculpture garden of the private island of Grove Isle. The collection quickly became the centerpiece of a budding cultural scene: Miamians from across the city could travel to experience contemporary art not easily accessible to them outside of the city. But growing tension with the island’s management soon threatened the collection, and Margulies moved the majority of his collection to the Florida International University’s main campus in West Miami-Dade in 1998.

The collection soon demanded a bigger space, and was once again relocated to its now-permanent home in the Wynwood District in 1999. Now exclusively curated by Katherine Hinds, the ever-expanding collection is estimated to be worth $800 million.

What Makes the Margulies Collection Unique

Margulies Collection Photography

While the Margulies Collection is certainly notable for its extensive history, its emphasis on sculpture and installations continues to distinguish it from its peers. Most of the art featured in the Collection’s exhibits is contemporary, in collaboration with many “blue-chip artists.”

Additionally, the Collection features an impressive photography collection, often showcasing Margulies personal selection of American photography. So vast was Margulies’ original collection of portraits that the eventual decision was made to relocate to its Warehouse in the Wynwood District. As the child of grocers in Harlem, Margulies himself often connects to portraits of that depict the New York he experienced as a child in the 1940s.

Unlike other collections, the Margulies Collection is entirely self-funded by Margulies through his nonprofit, the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation. The Collection’s Warehouse is run as part of the institution, and offers educational programs, exhibitions, and loans to keep its tax-exempt status. Proceeds from the Warehouse ticket sales and tours are donated to The Lotus House, a local homeless shelter for women and children, and women from the Lotus House are often invited to work at guards at the Warehouse.

Notable Works of Art in the Margulies Collection

Olafur Eliasson’s Your Now is My Surroundings, Margulies Collection

As one of the longest running Miami art collections, there’s no doubt that the Margulies Collection has featured some incredible works of art. However, there are a few select pieces that manage to draw the majority of the Collection’s crowd year after year, like Olafur Eliasson’s Your Now is My Surroundings–a dreamy installation guides visitors up a small flight of stairs outdoors, only to discover walls lined with mirrors and a skylight exposing them to the elements.

For its 15th anniversary, the Margulies Collection acquired Eric Bainbridge’s Occurrence on an Endless Column, an installation that resembled a towering assemblage of oversized pet toys. Nearly a year later, the collection had reinvented itself on the back of Anselm’s Kiefer’s Die Erdzeitalter (Ages of the World), which depicts a frenzy of of wood, metal and stone stacked high enough to reach the ceiling.

One of the Collection’s more recent acquisitions includes John Chamberlain’s Shortstop, an impassive statue in the style of abstract expressionism.

After 30 years of servicing the Miami art community, the Margulies Collection remains as one of the most impressive additions to the region. More than just a building or a gallery, the Margulies Collection represents nearly three decades of advocacy for art education and in support of Miami’s homeless population as yet another way to bridge the gap between what is and is to be experienced.

Art historians, appreciators, and lovers around the world will find the Margulies Collection to be an exciting journey through the history of American contemporary art and Miami’s flourishing art scene.

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Opens in Downtown Miami

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The newest addition to the Downtown Miami Museum Park, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is an extraordinary tribute to science. This exquisite modern center is located amongst some of the most highly rated museum attractions in Miami, such as the Perez Art Museum, and complements the area’s reputation as a hub of education and discovery. Here is everything you need to know to plan your visit:

What is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science?

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science officially opened to the public on May 8, 2017, but the vision for this epicenter began years prior.

A Brief History

Originally established in 1949, the museum was first known as the Junior Museum of Miami, located inside a house on the corner of 26th St and Biscayne Blvd in downtown Miami. The museum was renamed Museum of Science and Natural History when it moved to a larger space in 1952.

In 1960, the museum moved once again to a new 48,000 sq ft facility in Coconut Grove, which is where the museum remained until it closed in 2015 in preparations for its transfer to Museum Park.

In 2011, Phillip Frost, who was born and raised in Miami, and his wife, Patricia, donated $35 million to the planning and development of a new science museum that now bears their names. The new 250,000-square foot museum is located at 1101 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami and is a can’t miss attraction if you’re in the area.

Exhibits & Attractions

From humble beginnings in a downtown Miami house, the new museum has evolved to combine a planetarium, aquarium, and several notable exhibitions, all of which are included in your ticket purchase.

Planetarium Exhibit


This 250-seat, state-of-the-art facility is located on Level 1 and is complete with surround sound, 8K projection, and a massive screen to put you in the moment of every activity.

Each ticket purchases grants visitors access to one planetary show during their visit. Guests can experience the dangers and drama of asteroids, or travel the world over to learn about climates.

The Frost Planetarium is also home to a variety of programs, such as the weekly television show ‘Stargazers’, as well as laser shows that are open to the public. These shows are held the first Friday of every month, and combine music from some of history’s most talented musicians with a stunning array of laser light choreography that are reminiscent of laser shows from decades past. Admission to the laser show is $10 for adults and $8 for children, and is separate from museum admission.

Aquarium Exhibit


With three levels of aquatic fun, visitors can explore what’s beneath the water’s surface without ever getting wet. From the top deck on Level 4, you’ll catch a top-down glimpse of South Florida’s marine ecosystem in the 500,000-gallon aquarium, complete with devil rays, mahi-mahi, and hammerhead sharks. The middle tier on Level 3 offers an up-close look at nearly 30 interactive exhibits and aquariums. The bottom of the dive ends on Level 2 with another look at the area’s marine life, only this time you’ll be looking up through the 31-foot oculus lens rather than through the surface of the water from the top level.

MeLab Exhibit


Fun for all ages, the museum offers plenty of engaging, thought-provoking, informative exhibitions to entertain and educate, including

  • Feathers to the Stars –A journey through the history of flight, from feathered dinosaurs to space travel and beyond. Located on Level 3.
  • Seeing: What are you looking at? – A sensory experience comparing how humans and robots see and interpret. Located on Level 3.
  • MeLab – A look at how mind and body work together as one. Located on Level 1.
  • River of Grass –An in-depth look at one of the world’s most famous ecosystems, the Everglades. Located on Level 4.
  • H2O Today –Discover how water has shaped our world and challenges we face in its conversation. Located on Level 1.
  • Rooftop Terraces –Wander through some of Florida’s native vegetation on the Frost Science rooftop. Located on Level 6.
  • From the Curious Vault –Set your sights on the past with these treasured relics of decades long ago. Located on Level 2.

In addition to their regular exhibits, the museum hosts a variety of special events year-round, including special classes and series, film festivals, and lectures. Take a look at some of the upcoming events at Frost Science:

  • Wed Aug. 2 – Meditate and Chill, an exploration of meditation from a scientific perspective (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
  • Wed Aug. 9 – SEEING, part of an after-hours series exploring the world of technology and science (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
  • Wed Aug 16 – Blue Mind Life: The Seven Ages of Water, Dr. Wallace J Nichols speaks about the neuropsychological relationship between people and water (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Miami’s Newest Museum

Museum Exterior

Operating Hours

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is open daily 9:00 am-6:00 pm, including holidays.

Directions to the Museum via Public Transport

Miami offers a variety of public transportation to help you get to Frost Science quickly and conveniently.

By Metromover

The Museum Park Metromover station is located directly adjacent to Frost Science. Hop on the Omni Loop train, which will take you within a few steps to the museum’s front doors. Riding the Metromover is free to the public.

By Metrobus

There are several bus routes that include Museum Park on the route. Check with Miami-Dade Transit to review bus schedules and routes. The cost per trip is $2.25.

By Miami Trolley

The Biscayne Bay trolley route will take you slightly north of NE 10th street, which is just a few minutes’ walk to Frost Museum. Riding the Miami Trolley is free.


If you prefer to drive yourself, the museum offers an on-site parking garage. Prices begin at $8 for the first hour, and $4 for each additional hour.

The parking garage offers a limited number of handicap accessible spaces, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel efficient vehicles, carpool parking (correct identification must be displayed), and baby stroller parking (baby stroller permit must be visible).

In addition, there is parking throughout Museum Park, as well as over a dozen non-museum-affiliated public parking lots nearby.

Museum Exterior

Ticket & Pricing Information

You can purchase your tickets at the museum, or buy them in advance online. One-day tickets for non-Miami-Dade residents ages 12 and over are $28, while tickets for children ages 3-11 are $20. Members and children 2 and under will be admitted at no cost.

If you are a Miami-Dade residence, you can enjoy a 15% discount on your ticket price.

In addition, you can purchase a museum membership good for one year from purchase date.  Memberships can be purchased for individuals or the whole family, and will grant you year-round access to the museum and special events.


Frost Museum is dedicated to making every guest’s experience comfortable and enriching. Throughout the museum, you’ll find multi-sensory content delivery that appeals to a variety of learning styles and needs.

The parking garage offers several handicap-accessible parking spaces for guest convenience. In addition, Frost Museum offers curbside drop off near the museum’s main entrance. An elevator and ramps are located within the parking garage, in addition to ramps and elevators within the museum’s main building.

Bathrooms on Levels 1-5 offer wheelchair accessible stalls and are located near the elevator for added convenience. Frost Museum offers a limited number of manual wheelchairs for guests at no charge, which can be requested at the Member’Guest Relations Office on the main level.

The following conveniences and amenities are also available:

  • Wheelchair-accessible seating for dining and planetary shows
  • Receivers and headsets for active listening
  • Service dogs are allows with proper identification
  • Powered mobility devices are allowed, such as motorized wheelchairs, scooters and segways

Museum Parking


Frost Museum is a self-guided experience that allows you to spend as much or as little time at an exhibition you’d like (excluding planetary shows). However, you can reserve a tour operator or schedule a group tour in advance, such as school field trips or large family outings.

The Frost Museum App

To get the most from your experience at Frost Museum, download the free Frost Science mobile app for iOS or Android before your visit. The app offers interactive scavenger hunts, the ability to unlock exclusive content, and access to audio descriptions of exhibits for an engaging experience.

Discount Offers

Active U.S. military, first responders, veterans, and Miami-Dade educators receive free admission to the museum and $2 off a planetary show. Seniors ages 65 and older, students, and educators outside of Miami-Dade can receive a $3 discount from their ticket price if they purchase tickets at the museum.

Even if you’re not a Miami local, it pays to be a member of Frost Science. As a member, you’ll receive the following discounts:

  • 10% off purchases at the museum cafe and gift shop
  • One free planetary show during each visit
  • Discounted parking
  • Free museum admission
  • Discounted admission for special events
  • Free or discounted admission to over 360 science center partners throughout the country

Single memberships are $85 and are valid for yourself and one guest. Family memberships start at $165 and are valid for two cardholders and up to four children under 18 years old. Or, you can purchase the Family PLUS membership for $215 that allows you to add two additional guests to your family membership.

Other Top Miami Museums to See

Frost Science is one of many visit-worthy museums in Miami. After you finish exploring the science center, switch subjects and head to one of these equally intriguing art museums:

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Perez Art Museum

Just a stone’s throw away from Frost Science lies the prestigious Perez Art Museum, one of Miami’s top-rated museums and located within the acclaimed Museum Park. This gallery of contemporary and modern art also features hands-on, interactive exhibits and family-oriented programs, including musical and theatrical performances.

Admission to the Perez Art Museum is $16 for adults and $12 for college students, seniors, and children ages 7-18 (Insider Tip: the second Saturday of every month is Free Admission Day!). The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. On Thursdays, the museum is open from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum

The Frosts weren’t just lovers of science. A short 20-minute drive from Frost Science lies the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, one of the largest art museums in South Florida. As part of the Florida International University, the museum serves as a resource to the FIU community and to nearby residences and visitors alike.

Just like Frost Science, the Frost Art Museum caters to persons of all ranges and capacities, offering wheelchair-friendly facilities and large-print directories to make every guest’s experience enjoyable. The museum is open for visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Admission is free for locals and travelers alike.

The De la Cruz Collection

The De la Cruz Collection

A short drive from Frost Science, the De la Cruz Collection is more than just a home for art. This privately-funded museum provides artist-led workshops, lectures, tours, student travel initiatives, and scholarships to help bring awareness and beauty to Miami’s art community.

Admission to the museum is free, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to  4:00 pm.

Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center

Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center

For a true experience in Miami art culture, Cubaocho Museum in Miami’s famed Little Havana gives you a direct viewing window into Cuban life. From floor to ceiling, the entire facility is a work of art.

The Ramos collection here began as an effort for one Cuban to recover pieces of Cuban history its Communist government had once tried to eliminate, from books and newspapers to magazines and artwork. After having traveled to various museums throughout the U.S., the Ramos collection is now available for visitors to Cobaocho to enjoy.


Miami’s quality selection and abundance of museums is a captivating scene of science and art. The next time your travels bring you to Miami, make a stop at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, then finish your visit with a trip to one of the many art museums to see the best of what Miami’s art culture has to offer.

Most Wanted: Stolen and Disappeared Works of Art

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Missing paintings, disappearing masterpieces, art stolen by Nazis: it sounds like the makings of an intense “Whodunnit?” game. But these “crimes of the century” all are too real, and happen more than you may realize.

The disappearances of some of history’s greatest artistic masterpieces have plagued crime scene investigators for decades. Original works by Picasso, Rembrandt, and Da Vinci (among others) have provided key targets for well-masterminded art heists and earned top spots in the stolen art database. But the motives behind these missing paintings are just as mysterious as the way in which they became missing in the first place.

Stolen Art: Picasso’s Le pigeon aux petis pois (The pigeon with green peas)


Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso is best known for his eccentric cubism style that contorted his subjects into sharp geometric lines but never quite crossed the lines of abstraction.

Though works like Femme assise and Violon are well known due to Picasso’s inherent style, his 1911 Le pigeon aux petis pois gained fame for a much different reason: it was stolen from Paris’ Musee d’Art Moderne in 2010.

A single thief managed to pull what is now considered as one of the biggest art heists ever. Five pieces, including Picasso’s, were removed from the museum. Investigators discovered that the motion detectors in the crime scene hadn’t been working for almost two months, when they were manually disabled by museum management.

The paintings have yet to be recovered. One suspect in the case claims he tossed the art into a trash can, but police have yet to verify the authenticity of the story.

Stolen Art: Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee


Reigning as the most famous Dutch painter in history, Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn earned fame for his depictions of iconic people, scenery, and events.

But just as iconic as his style of portraits and conflict is his work titled The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, which was stolen with 12 other pieces in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Showcasing how Rembrandt envisioned Jesus easing the stormy seas, as depicted in the Bible, the theft is considered among the biggest unsolved stolen art cases in history.

The painting was the pinnacle of the famed Dutch room at the museum, situated directly across from a portrait of Rembrandt that was also taken.

And if you ever thought stolen art wasn’t something to take seriously, the FBI issued an unprecedented $5 million reward for clues leading to the recovery of these 12 works.

Missing Painting: Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady


Austrian artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) is widely known for his paintings mostly concerning the female body. His famed oil painting titled Portrait of a Lady holds an unusual backstory.

It is believed that Klimt’s original painting displayed an entirely different person than the one hung in the Galleria Ricci-Oddi. Klimt is said to have had a love affair with her, but after her sudden death, he painted over her.

The painting disappeared in 1997 shortly before an exhibition at the Galleria. Though it was believed to be stolen at the time, Italian police cracked the case when they discovered an upscale forgery just two months later.

Art Stolen by Nazis: Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man


Famed Italian artist and architect Raphael (1483-1520) will forever be cemented in the annals of the Italian Renaissance, having completed numerous works of art before his passing at age 37.

His presumed self-portrait, titled Portrait of a Young Man, was stolen by Nazis and remains the most important painting missing from WWII. The painting was one of several rescued from the Czartoryski Museum at the onset of the Nazi invasion of Poland. Though it was hidden for a time at a home in Sieniawa, the Gestapo uncovered them and selected three works for Hitler’s personal collection.

In 1945, Hans Frank, a Hitler appointee, brought the portrait back to Germany to hang in the Wawel Castle. The paintings were moved to a couple different locations, but the case grows cold after Frank’s execution in 1946.

Recovered: Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa


Perhaps one of the most recognized names among both art critics and non-art communities is Leonardo da Vinci. Having delivered advancements to both science and art, da Vinci’s impact on the Italian Renaissance has earned him a top spot in art history.

But would da Vinci still warrant the same level of fame today if his prized Mona Lisa had never been recovered when it was stolen in 1911?

A single Louvre employee was responsible for this stolen art. Hiding in a broom closet during business hours, Vincenzo Peruggia tucked the painting under his coat and walked out after the museum had closed, with the intentions of returning the stolen art to its Italian motherland. He was caught two years later after attempting to sell the missing painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Salvaged: Munch’s The Scream


Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) created a definitive style that emphasized powerful depictions of psychological topics. These illustrations are best represented in his most famous work, The Scream, which has been the target of two separate thefts and multiple attempts.

The first occurred in 1994 on the opening day of the Olympics in Lillehammer. The thieves left a note saying “Thanks for the poor security,” and held the art for a $1 million ransom. The gallery refused to pay, and instead set up a sting with police. The thieves were caught only 3 months later, with no damage to the painting.

The second incident didn’t end as well as the first. Masked gunmen stole the painting, along with Munch’s Madonna, during daytime hours at the Munch Museum in Oslo. Six men stood trial for the missing painting, though the painting itself hadn’t been recovered.  Both pieces of stolen art were recovered two years later, but both had suffered some damage, though nothing major that couldn’t be repaired.

Recovered: Abela’s Carnaval Infantil (Children’s Carnival)

Cuban painter Eduardo Abela (1889-1965)was well known for his idyllic view on what life in the Cuba countryside should look like, as evidenced in his masterpiece Carnaval Infantil.

Interestingly, this missing works of art case ended before it had much time to begin. That is, Abela’s Carnaval Infantil was returned before it was found to be missing.

Art dealer Ramon Cernuda purchased the missing painting in a show in Miami, realizing after some research that the art belonged to a museum. Cernuda contacted the museum about the stolen art, which led to the museum’s discovery that they were missing 95 items from storage.

Cernuba planned to return the painting to the museum after the investigation and was also able to provide details on a few other missing works of art.

Recovered: Monet’s Beach in Pourville


French impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) may be most recognized for his rich blends of colors in nature. Master of oil-on-canvas, Monet’s highly acclaimed technique and masterpieces have given him a recognizable name among art connoisseurs and the casual observer.

His work, the Beach in Pourville, is one of many that represent his classic blends of color and texture. But its notoriety also stems from its disappearance from the Poznan National Museum in 2000. The thief cut the art from the frame and replaced it with a fake representation painted on cardboard. At the time of the heist, it was the only work of Monet in Poland on public display.

Police searched for 10 years before recovering the missing painting and apprehending the person whom they believed to have painted the copy.

Who will be the next stolen art victim?

Even some of the top art museums in the world have been plagued by missing paintings or stolen art. It’s not only important to take every precaution in protecting your art, but partnering with people who care as much about preserving art as you do.

Museo Vault is dedicated specifically to keeping your art investments safe and secure, whether it’s during shipping, storage, restoration, or crisis aversion. Contact us today to learn more about our white glove service that’s as much a work of art as the paintings we care for.

Miami Art Museums

Top 8 Must-See Art Museums in Miami

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In South Florida, particularly in Miami, there are a number of top-rated art museums that anyone can visit. Here, we’ll share a few with you so you know where to start on your trip through Miami’s many fine art museums.

Whatever your taste in art, the best museums in Miami have something that is sure to please. From contemporary works to sculptures, historical collections, photographs, and gardens, South Florida galleries have earned international recognition and praise for their varying works representing Miami culture and history. If you are planning a trip down to the southern coast for the happening nightlife and white-sand beaches, make sure you save a little bit of time to explore at least a couple of these top art museums in Miami.

1. Pérez Art Museum Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Known to the locals and frequent visitors as PAMM, the Perez Art Museum Miami, located between Arsht Center and the American Airlines Arena, is more than just a gallery of phenomenal modern and contemporary works of art. The facility offers interactive programs for families that include hands-on, art-inspired activities, music, and theatrical performances.

Notable upcoming events and exhibitions at Pérez Museum include:

  • May 18: Screening of Haitian film “Liberty in a Soup”
  • May 26: Exhibition by artist John Dunkley entitled “Neither Day nor Night”
  • June 8, 2017-April 8, 2018: Contemporary Cuban art exhibit of works from the Jorge M. Perez collection

Visitor Information

General admission to museum is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and youth. Every second Saturday and first Thursday of the month, admission is free for everyone. Self-parking is available to guests for $2 an hour in the PAMM garage, or patrons can choose to park in a nearby public lot.

2. The Bass Museum of Art

The Bass Museum of Art

The Bass Museum is an international contemporary art museum in Miami Beach showcasing established artists who incorporate the local culture into their work. Much of the focus of the museum is education, and The Bass offers a special program teaching young children about creativity and personal growth through art. It opened its doors in 1964, and was the first public art exhibition space in South Florida. The facility is composed of a store, café, educational facility, and multiple galleries, which include temporary exhibits from artists from around the world, as well as a portion of the original Bass collection.

Upcoming events at the Bass Museum of Art include:

  • July 17-Aug. 18: Children’s summer art camp for kids ages 4 to 12
  • Fall 2017: “Good Evening Beautiful Blue” exhibition by Swiss mixed-media artist Ugo Rondinone
  • Fall 2017: Pascale Marthine Tayou presents “Beautiful” exhibit

Visitor Information

The museum is temporarily closed for renovations, but will be open to the public again in the fall of 2017. Until its reopening, art enthusiasts are invited to visit the Miami Beach Regional Library on 22nd Street to view a temporary exhibition space.

3. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

MOCA is located in North Miami and was founded in 1981 to bring the best of contemporary art and its history to underserved audiences. The facility presents work from newly discovered artists, examines the influence of masters in the space, and educates the public on the area’s culture. Eight to 10 exhibits come to the museum each year, including three galleries or multi-media presentations from up-and-coming or experimental artists. MOCA showcases these temporary exhibits throughout the year, as well as about 600 permanent works that live at the museum full time.

Interesting events happening at MOCA in the coming months include:

  • June 8-Aug. 6: South Florida Cultural Consortium with an artists reception June 15
  • June 12-Aug. 18: Five 2-week sessions of summer camp for children with Dynamic Design and Creative Arts classes
  • Sept. 7-Nov. 5: “Caribbean Contempo” exhibit from Edouard Duval-Carrie, with an artist reception Sept. 14

Visitor Information

MOCA is open Tuesday through Friday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12, MOCA members, North Miami residents, veterans, and city employees. Free parking is offered to the east, west and south sides of the museum, which is located between NE 7th Avenue and NE 8th Avenue on NE 125th Street.

4. Lowe Art Museum

Lowe Art Museum

Nestled right in the middle of the University of Miami’s campus, Lowe Art Museum is home to a variety of Native American, ancient Egyptian, Renaissance and Baroque, Asian, and European originals. The facility opened in 1950, when it began as a display crossing three classrooms. It is the oldest art museum in Miami. Top works in the 17,500-piece collection include paintings from Claude Monet, African sculptures from 500 BCE, Asian costumes, medieval manuscripts, and the Samuel H. Kress Collection.

If you are visiting Lowe in the next few months, check out the following events and exhibits:

  • May 17: Sip & Sketch class with University of Miami professor Jackie Gopie
  • June 22: Opening reception for Walter Wick exhibit “Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic”
  • Until April 1, 2018: ArtLab @ the Lowe featuring works surrounding a fish theme

Visitor Information

Lowe Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of general admission for anyone over the age of 12 is $12.50, while students and seniors are admitted for $8. Children under 12, Lowe members, UM students/staff, and military personnel can visit the museum for free. The facility is located about 5 miles south of Miami in Coral Gables.

5. Gary Nader Art Centre

Gary Nader Art Centre

Named for Dominican art expert Gary Nader, the Art Centre has been promoting Latin American artwork since 1985. It is the biggest private gallery in the world at 55,000 square feet of exhibitions, which include Nader’s private collection, Sculpture Park, and the Exhibition Gallery.

Presentations include pieces from renowned international modern and contemporary artists, such as:

  • Andy Warhol
  • Claude Monet
  • Henri Matisse
  • Wilfredo Lam
  • Fernando Botero
  • Pablo Picasso

Visitor Information

Gary Nader’s museum is located in Midtown in the Wynwood Art District, just north of downtown Miami. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for everyone.

6. Wynwood Walls and Wynwood Art Walk

Wynwood Walls and Wynwood Art Walk

The warehouse district of Wynwood was revamped into a magnificent street-art display in 2009. All the windowless buildings became canvases for some of the best graffiti artists from around the world. Over 50 artists from 16 countries have created murals on more than 80,000 square feet of the Wynwood Walls. Along with the street art, the Wynwood district is home to more than 60 art galleries. To encourage visitors to discover the many works exhibited, the second Saturday of every month gives people the opportunity to explore the Miami art scene, as well as enjoy food trucks, live music, and local restaurants.

Visitor Information

If you are interested in guided tours of the Wynwood Art District, there are a few options at different price points, either by foot or cart. When exploring the art walk on your own, the prime area for viewing is between 20th Street and 36th Street, from NW 2nd Avenue to NE 2nd Avenue. Parking on the street is easiest before 7 p.m., but the best time to walk Wynwood is between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

7. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

ICA Miami has been delivering unique and exploratory contemporary art to the local community since 2014 through a variety of exhibition galleries. Its permanent collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed media, photography, and video, among others, from significant artists. The Miami art museum also runs multiple interactive educational programs:

  • ICA Ideas: Provides greater meaning to the exhibits on display at the museum while promoting creativity and interaction outside of presentations
  • ICA Speaks: Features artists from the museum’s permanent collection of works and encourages exchanging art and ideas
  • ICA Performs: Allows performance artists to debut original works and cultivates new creative expressions
  • ICA Residents: Makes connections between innovative organizations, artists, and the community to boost public programs and drive new ideas

Visitor Information

The museum is currently located in the Moore Building off of NE 2nd Avenue, but will be moving to a new home in Miami’s Design District Dec. 1 of this year. The facility will include more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 15,000 square-foot public sculpture garden. The next major exhibition at ICA is “The Everywhere Studio,” which is a collection of about 100 pieces from more than 50 artists. The exhibit begins Dec. 1, 2017, and runs until Feb. 26, 2018, at the new location. Admission to ICA is always free.

8. Rubell Family Collection

Rubell Family Collection

The types of work on display as part of the Rubell Family Collection include photography, painting, conceptual art, and sculpture. The museum was established in 1964 in New York City, but was moved to a former DEA confiscation center in 1993 by Jason and Jennifer Rubell. It is one of the world’s biggest private contemporary art collections and features work from internationally-known artists, such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Kara Walker, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Schedule your trip to see the Rubell Collection during one of the current exhibitions:

  • Until Aug. 25, 2017: “High Anxiety: New Acquisitions”
  • Until Aug. 25, 2017: “New Shamans/Novos Xamas: Brazillian Artists”

Visitor Information

The Rubell location in the Wynwood Art District is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and offers a free tour at 3 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for military members and children under 18.

With so many fantastic art museums and galleries in Miami, it’s no wonder its art scene is quickly making a name for itself. Visit one of these memorable options on your next trip to South Florida for an experience that is sure to impress.

Declutter Your Home with a Personal Storage Unit

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Clutter is a problem that grows over time and often becomes an issue for homeowners due to indifference and lack of understanding. A personal storage unit could be the solution to your home’s growing clutter problem.

A Cautionary Tale of Clutter


Once upon a time, there was a family who planned a trip to Hawaii. They were so excited, and on the day of departure, each person hauled his or her suitcase and carry-on out to the front steps of the house, eager to load up the waiting taxi and get to the airport. Instead of a quick departure, however, the kids stood around outside, impatient to leave, while Mom and Dad searched and searched for the house keys. Searching for the house keys was a frequent occurrence, because neither Mom nor Dad could ever remember where in the house—that never seemed to be tidy—the keys had been dropped this time. The search lasted so long on this occasion that the family missed their flight.

Could this happen to you? If you’re always looking for the keys, stepping around piles of stuff, and never seem to have an available tabletop on which to eat dinner, clutter is a problem for you.

What is a Cluttered Home?

The Definition of Clutter


One person’s clutter might be another person’s collection of treasures. What is or is not considered clutter is a very personal opinion, and you are the only one who can identify what is clutter in your home. The result of clutter, however, is universal: a set of negative emotions tied to the amount of stuff you keep in your home, along with the physical disadvantages that piles and boxes and shelves full of too many things create.

What Does a Cluttered Home Look Like?


A cluttered home is a home in which you are not comfortable with the quantity of the contents within. Whether you feel stressed and overwhelmed with the job of getting rid of clutter (and, therefore, never start the project), or you can’t bear to part with mementoes of the past (even though you associate them with negative feelings), clutter lurks in your subconscious at all times. Cluttered homes and living spaces are strongly tied to a person’s sense of wellbeing. Unrelenting clutter has been shown to trigger depression, stress, physical and mental fatigue, an inability to focus, feelings of failure, guilt, and a sense of being stuck in life. Even if you love your home, being surrounded by clutter on a long-term basis is detrimental to your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.

Clutter can look different for different people, too. One person’s cluttered home may look serene and tidy to visitors—but don’t open the closet or cupboard doors, or all the things stuffed inside will spill out. This homeowner often has to buy new tools and products because she can’t locate the items she already owns without emptying every drawer, closet, and cupboard, along with the garage.

Another person’s cluttered home might be a museum to a deceased loved one’s life. When loved ones pass away, it is often difficult for survivors to know how to deal with their treasured possessions. A man who has survived his wife’s death after 50 years of marriage may feel guilty getting rid of her clothing, her books, or the unfinished projects and crafts still waiting for her to finish them, even if seeing them on a daily basis brings him pain and anguish.

Or a cluttered house might have stuff lying around because it has no home. There may be piles of superfluous dishware, or stacks of books that were loved once but never re-read, or tools for potential hobbies that were never tried. Maybe there are dozens of one particular item—your collection—that is gathering dust while also getting underfoot.

Busy people often feel they don’t have the time or energy to combat the constant flow of mail and things that come into the house but don’t ever seem to leave, so mail piles up unopened on the dining table and closets are packed so tightly that even getting a shirt out is difficult.

Do you recognize your house in any of these examples?

The Reasons a House Becomes Cluttered


Clutter happens to just about everyone and is not a reflection of your intelligence, education, or personal hygiene. We live in a society of abundance, and we have the money, opportunity, and manufacturing ability to create and purchase many items beyond what is strictly necessary for life and survival, a problem that few ancient cultures ever had to deal with. If you have books spilling off the shelves and lining the walls, boxes of tools and materials to try out new hobbies, cooking implements for recipes you’ve never gotten around to making, more clothing than you could ever wear, or tools in the garage that gather dust, you can feel grateful for the ability you have to purchase all those things and have the potential leisure time to use them even while wondering at how you’ve managed to collect so much.

Constant clutter, however, is also a sign of personal distress in some way, and failing to deal with the clutter has been proven to increase that emotional, spiritual, mental, or physical distress in the long term. By identifying why clutter seems to stick with you, you can learn to let it go and free yourself from the stress, guilt, and depression that clutter can trigger.

Busy Schedule


A busy schedule keeps you hopping, and you might not have much of a chance to tend to the clutter that keeps piling up at home. Mothers with small children, working men and women with demanding jobs, busy school schedules full of activities and team practices, or even just your desire to volunteer and be of service to others can all lead to allowing yourself to neglect the one place that is supposed to be your refuge.

If you are a list-maker and calenderer, it’s time to schedule some time for yourself. Even ten minutes a day of getting rid of junk mail, tidying up kids’ toys, or sorting through your collection of magazines to decide which you will toss and which you will donate can give you a sense of control over your life. You might be so inspired that you schedule in more time!

A Growing Household: Children, Roommates, Family


Adding new family members always means there will be more stuff to store in your house. If you are a parent, you have some control over how many items you purchase or keep for each child, but the sheer amount of clothing, equipment, furniture, and toys can become overwhelming very quickly without a lot of oversight and strict clutter patrol.

Roommates are a bit different. You probably don’t have a lot of control over what a roommate brings into a living space unless you own the space and can dictate the terms, and you certainly can’t control whether or not he or she is a neat-freak or a slob. What you can do is keep your own private space free of clutter as much as possible.

Bad Habits Forming over Time


We all develop some bad habits over the years, and clutter is one often one of them. With clutter, however, the bad habits are usually associated with some sort of psychological distress, and clutter acts to enhance that distress over time.

Any person’s reasons for allowing a home to get cluttered generally fall into one or more of eight general categories that Erin Doland, Editor-in-Chief at, defines in her article, “Ask Unclutterer: Why do people struggle with clutter?” The reasons are:

  1. You are overwhelmed with the task of uncluttering and don’t know where to begin.
  2. You fear being forgotten and feel that your possessions will define you and prove you’ve lived.
  3. You fear change or fear the future.
  4. You experience a major life change that comes with lots of new stuff: marriage, the death of a family member, having a baby, etc.
  5. You have poor decision-making skills or have never learned how to successfully manage your time.
  6. You lack energy.
  7. You collect clutter as a side effect of a mental or physical disability.
  8. You simply don’t see anything wrong with you clutter and have no reason to change.

Understanding why you have clutter in your home is one of the major methods you can use to begin controlling and counteracting it.

An Inability to Let Go of Daily Possessions


For some, having stuff around is a source of comfort. If that is you, you may find pleasure in the constant inflow of items, whether you purchase them or get them as gifts. Although hoarding items falls under a different psychological category than clutter, an inability to edit daily possessions can get you into clutter trouble very quickly. A helpful trick that some with this issue have used is to make a rule that for every new thing that comes in, something old must go out. By sticking with this rule, you will either get rid of a lot of old things or you will lose the urge to keep buying new items. Either way, you’re on your way to a serene, de-cluttered home.

Never Learning How to De-Clutter


Learning how to de-clutter is not some innate ability you are born with. Like learning to balance a checkbook or cook a soufflé, one must be taught how to de-clutter and then practice, practice, practice.

If you have never learned this very satisfying skill, it’s never too late. There are many methods of decluttering available from decluttering experts. One of those methods will resonate with you and your personality, and once you’ve found the method you like best, you have to practice it on a daily basis to make it a habit.

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch blog lists and evaluates 6 Popular Decluttering Methods for Minimalism. You might find the perfect decluttering method that works for you on this list!

The important part of teaching yourself (or having someone teach you) how to declutter is to practice. Everyday practice is the best, but even scheduling in time once or twice a week is going to get you going in the right direction.

How a Cluttered Home Negatively Affects You


We’ve already briefly mentioned some of the negative psychological effects of clutter, but now we’ll delve deeper into that topic.

Ranka Burzan, author of The SOS Guide to Clean and Organize Your Home, said this about what it means to live with clutter month in and month out: “People who constantly live in a state of chaos are prone to procrastination and an inability to commit to work or relationships. They get anxious and overwhelmed with change and usually give up before they even start the project. Their finances and time are wasted; they feel stuck and bad about themselves”.

What is it about the link between depression, procrastination, feeling overwhelmed and stuck, and living with clutter? Why is it that a cluttered environment makes you feel anxious, stressed, and unable to focus, even if you are fairly successful at your career and pursuits? How would clearing the clutter help you in all aspects of your life?

Author June Saruwatari claims that everything we hang onto that isn’t clearly useful or necessary to our current lives holds us in the past and weighs us down. Every time you stuff something in a box or shove something to the back of the closet with the thought, “I can’t throw that away; it reminds me of my first boyfriend!” or “It could come in handy someday, even if I have never gotten around to using it!” represents baggage to your subconscious. Unfinished projects that you know, deep down, you’ll never get around to completing; old letters and gifts from relationships past; paycheck stubs from long-ago jobs; magazines and newspapers you might one day want to read again; useful little tools or hobby equipment that sits around gathering dust—all these things may be hidden from sight, but they’re not forgotten by your mind.

What’s damaging, says Saruwatari, are the emotions associated with hanging onto relics of the past: guilt at not completing projects leads to a sense of failure and incompetence; old souvenirs and gifts representing painful feelings from broken relationships or faded friendships keep you lingering in the past instead of focusing on the present and preparing for the future; shame at not achieving your lofty goals turns into negative self-talk about how you can never do anything right. Are you starting to see the pattern?

You may not have identified the constant background thrum of anxiety, sluggishness, guilt, and stress your clutter is causing in your life. You just wonder why you’re lazy and tired, overwhelmed and paralyzed from taking action, always late or procrastinating the hard jobs. It could be that clutter is keeping you down. Clutter competes for your attention, sapping your focus and draining your energy. Whether it’s clutter on your work desk or clutter in the rooms of your living space, it’s always demanding to be remembered, even if it’s only your subconscious that is doing the remembering.

Obvious Ways Your Clutter Is Holding You Back


Not sure yet that what you call your treasures or dusty collections or “just in case” purchases are clutter? Let’s see how all that stuff you’re holding onto could be decreasing your quality of life.

Not Being Able to Find What You Need

Ever torn up your house looking for that thing you know you bought and then put somewhere safe? You couldn’t find it amongst all the other things you’ve got stuffed into the spaces of your home, so you had to buy a new one.

No Room for New Household Products

Sorry! All the spaces are taken!

Your Clutter Portrays You as a Messy Person

There are plenty of smart, social, and very fun people who will never throw a dinner party in their home because they are ashamed of the clutter. If you are one of these people—ashamed of the way your home looks because of messy clutter—you aren’t alone. You’ll happily meet up at a restaurant rather than invite people into your home, and you’re secretly (or openly) envious of your organized friends’ ability to keep a tidy house. You fear your clutter portrays you as a messy, disorganized person who is incompetent at keeping the little things together, and that feeling keeps you depressed and ashamed of yourself.

Once the Clutter Begins, It’s Hard to Stop

Clutter has a way of taking over. If you love to shop but don’t like letting go of past purchases that no longer serve your needs, you’re going to end up with a clutter problem. If you lovingly keep every gift, movie stub, or chipped cup, your closets and cupboards will soon be full. The sentimental attachment we place on our belongings often makes it difficult to let them go, and that is a cycle that can be very hard to break.

How to Declutter Your Home: a Storage Unit


A storage unit can be part of your successful decluttering journey.

Create Space without Getting Rid of Personal Belongings

Even after a good decluttering, there are things you won’t want to toss, sell, or give away. Valuable items such as personal and family histories, photos, and journals, family heirlooms, seasonal clothing, gardening equipment, holiday decorations, artwork, necessary work files or products—all of these need a home where you can easily access them. Rather than living with all these things underfoot, a storage unit can keep them safe, easily accessible, and out of sight, reducing visible clutter and increasing your peace of mind when you’re at home.

Allows You to Prioritize What You Need and What Can be Stored

Living without some items in your home can help you prioritize their importance. A storage unit helps you in that process by giving you a place to stash things out of sight and live without them close at hand. If you find yourself constantly wishing you could get your hands on it, you’ll know it’s something you need to store at home. If it’s something you don’t need more than once or twice a year (and would be very costly to replace), it can stay in your storage unit.

If you have stored something that you find you never use, you can more easily let it go and get rid of it. Now you have space in your storage unit for something you really do use!

Easy Access to Your Belongings

A good storage facility in a convenient location to your home or work means that you can easily access the items in your unit. Knowing you can swing by and grab what you need is comforting.

Affordable Alternative to Clutter

As we’ve seen, clutter costs you in many ways, including financially, mentally, and physically. Using a storage unit is an affordable alternative to cluttering your home. For a few dollars a month, you can store items you don’t want in the house but don’t need to use on a daily basis. Now it’s out of sight, which makes for a peaceful, more organized home (and helps organize your mind, as well). Your emotional mood will lift, and you’ll feel more successful in many aspects of your life. That’s worth a small monthly rental cost!

Seasonal Items are Stored until You Need Them

Seasonal items are notorious for clogging up a home’s storage spaces, only to be pulled out once or twice a year. Seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, gardening or yard equipment, or lawn furniture and BBQs stay safe, dry, and accessible when you need them.



Clutter is inconvenient, but clutter is also psychologically damaging. Living with clutter takes a toll as it constantly reminds you of your failings, which leads to guilt, shame, and depression in many people. There are many reasons why otherwise intelligent, driven people put up with a cluttered home environment, but clutter is holding you back.

Getting rid of clutter frees you emotionally. In fact, decluttering can be so freeing that people usually notice huge benefits in all aspects of their lives.

Storage units can be one way to help deal with the clutter that plagues you. Using a storage unit to get seasonal items, valuable items that you don’t necessarily want in your house, and transitional furniture or work items out from underfoot clears out your house and gives you peace of mind.

A Look Back: Art Basel Switzerland 2015

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ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 7, 2015: People at first exhibition of the project "Modern artists of

A month after blockbuster contemporary art auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips, Art Basel Switzerland celebrated its 46th year, opening to huge art-hungry crowds on June 18th in Basel, Switzerland. The art fair, which ran from June 18 – 21, 2015, featured thousands of contemporary art pieces in all types of media—from paintings to digital to performance art. The showed featured works by over 4,000 artists, including established career artists and up-and-coming artists as well as relative unknowns. Around 284 galleries competed for the attention of fair attendees, hoping to showcase and sell grand works to collectors from all over the world. It was estimated that the value of all the showcased artwork was around $3.1 billion.

The art fair is divided into sections, each section featuring different styles or types of art as well as different artists’ works. The Unlimited section, one of the most popular sections of the fair, included 74 art installations and pieces from artists such as Julius von Bismark, David Shirley, Konrad Klapheck, and Olafur Eliasson, among others. Julius von Bismark, for instance, enjoyed a glass of wine at a simple table or tucked himself into bed on an installation he titled “Egocentric System”—all while rotating on a large concrete bowl, the centrifugal force of the rotating bowl keeping the furniture and Julius from flying off.

While the Art Basel fair progressed, other art fairs also attracted crowds throughout the city of Basel.

Art Basel is one of the largest art fairs in the world. It has satellite art fairs in both Hong Kong and Miami Beach, which also attract large crowds of interested spectators and buyers.

The Art Basel Switzerland fair will resume on June 16-19, 2016. Will you be attending?

If you are an amateur or professional art collector, art storage is always a top concern. Museo Vault offers the best in art storage along with other services such as art shows. Visit our Homepage for more information today.

A Look Back: Top Galleries of the Art Basel-Miami Beach 2015 Public Sector

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Art Basel Miami Exhibition

For the fifth year in a row, we at Museo Vault were excited to install the artworks in the 2015 Art Basel-Miami Beach art fair’s Public sector. Located at Collins Park, these installations represented works expounding on the chosen theme of “Metaforms.”


Public curator Nicholas Baume chose the theme and explained its meaning in an email to artnet News: “The idea of Metaforms captures the way many works of art draw on the familiar forms of everyday life and through manipulations of scale, material, texture, and content become something else. That resulting work of art manages to evoke the form at its source while adding new layers of formal complexity and meaning.”


Some of the installations invited participation, such as sitting on Hank Willis Thomas’s speech bubble benches entitled “The Truth is I See You” or Sam Fall’s Healing Pavilion, a communal seating area covered in gems and crystals important to psychic healing. Other installations included Marianne Vitale’s Ace of Spades sculpture, which extended nearly 30 feet and included 60 tons of steel scrap material.


Also included in the Public sector show were art performances scheduled for the art fair’s opening.


This year, come visit Collins Park both during and after ABMB 2016 to enjoy Miami Beach’s lovely weather and to take in the inspirational installations and performances going on there. Art Basel-Miami Beach ran from December 3 – 6, 2015 and is sure to be around the same time in 2016!  See you there!


What It Takes to Put on an Art Fair: The Crazy Logistic Planning behind Art Basel-Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Exhibition
CAPTION: Months of planning go into creating Art Basel-Miami Beach


The younger sister to Art Basel-Switzerland, the Art Basel-Miami fair draws tens of thousands of visitors to Miami, Florida, every year. Fair goers expect to see the best of the best that artists around the world have to offer, and fair planners work incredibly hard to fulfill that demand.


This year, Art Basel-Miami Beach runs from December 3rd through December 6th. But fair planners have been busy since the moment the fair closed last year in preparation for this year’s extravagant event.


Gallery Selection


Hundreds of modern and contemporary art galleries from around the world compete to gain a coveted space at the fair. Each gallery is required to submit an application for one of nine sectors: Galleries, Edition, Nova, Survey, Positions, Kabinett, Public, Film, and Magazines. Each sector focuses on specific types and genres of art. Hopeful galleries spend weeks on the applications, which require them to detail the artwork they will exhibit, define the design of their exhibition spaces, and more. It’s an intense process. In the end, only 267 galleries won spots out of around 900 who applied.


The fair jury is looking for fresh, new works in order to keep drawing crowds of spectators and buyers, so each gallery has to prove that their exhibitions are works by brilliant up-and-coming artists or new and exclusive works by established artists.


Getting the Artwork to Miami Beach


Once a gallery has won booth space, they then have months of planning ahead of them. One of the biggest logistics nightmares is getting all the artwork safely to the fair, and for international galleries, this takes a team of dedicated experts. Leading private collectors and museums in the area help ease the stress by opening their homes and their storage warehouses to guests of the fair.


Gallerists and their teams must not only transport multiple pieces of art to the fair, they must then determine exactly how they will exhibit them to best effect. With so much competition, snagging fairgoers’ attention is of paramount importance.


At this year’s Art Basel-Miami Beach fair, you can expect that it will take at least an entire day to see everything there is to offer. Plan on several days if you also want to visit nearby 3D installations, murals, and concurrent art fairs in other parts of the city of Miami. The city of Miami, which has transformed itself in the past decade into an artistic hotspot with a young and exciting cultural pulse, rises to the occasion each and every year. We expect this year’s fair to be no different.