The Rubell Family collection is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility in Miami. The Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created in 1994 to expand the RFC’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art museum.
The collection was established by Donald and Mera Rubell in 1964 by in New York. He is a retired physician, she is a former teacher. With 5,000 works and counting, it is one of the largest, privately owned collections of contemporary art in the world collection. They are among the biggest collectors of African American artists as a part of their broader mission to collect the most interesting art of our time.
Her daughter Jennifer Rubell is an artist, she creates participatory artwork that is a hybrid of performance art, installation, and happenings. She often curates food installation for the brunch during the openings during Art Basel Miami.
Actually, the original idea for Art Basel was thought of by Mera, she convinced the then Mayor Kasdan of Miami Beach to come on board and asked the staff and board of Art Basel to come to Miami and the rest is history.
Donald and Mera Rubell are thinking of opening a second contemporary art museum in Washington in an abandoned public school. The project is to do for Southwest Washington what the family’s arrival did for Miami’s Wynwood.
The current exhibition Alone together features 31 artists exhibited individually in 29 rooms. Alone Together explores a paradox: artists often work in isolation in their studios, but they are almost always seen and defined in relation to a greater whole. Whether it is called a movement, a moment, a school, a group, this greater whole creates a community for the artwork that often lives beyond the life of the artist. This exhibition is a celebration of many solitary acts of art creation, joined together in the context of the Rubell Foundation. The exhibition does not represent a community of artists, but a community of artworks joined together by our passion for each individual piece, the time we live in, and fate.The first floor showcase a series of five paintings Murillo made during a five-week summer residency at the collection. The exhibit is the Colombian-born, London-based artist’s first show in the United States.