Miami art group the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) announced it will be moving its extensive contemporary art collection from its current space in the Wynwood District to a new 2.5-acre campus in the Allapattah District in 2018. In doing so, the trailblazing institution will gain 60,000 square feet of gallery space, enough to showcase a large segment of its extensive collection and expand its programming, in a building designed by New York–based Selldorf Architects.
“The new museum will allow us to concurrently present four thematic exhibitions which will highlight historical works from the Collection as well as the Collection’s most recent acquisitions. In the new museum we will also greatly expand our education, research, and studio residency programs,” said Juan Valadez, director of the RFC, in the institution’s press release. The new site will also include 40 exhibition galleries, a research library, a lecture hall, an event space, a storage facility, a restaurant, and a sculpture garden with plants native to South Florida.
Since 1993, the RFC has occupied a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warehouse used to store confiscated goods in the Wynwood neighborhood. The area was mostly factories and warehouses, but has since emerged as a cultural destination for the art world. With the ever-growing art collection and an intention to build community, the RFC decided that moving to a new neighborhood and building on top of a new property was the way to go. The RFC plans on opening in time for Art Basel in 2018.
The model of the new building from Selldorf Architects will be on display from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 at the RFC in Miami.