During this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, attendees will find the once coveted dinner parties hosted by Rosa (pictured at right) and Carlos de la Cruz drastically scaled down. In fact, guests will find the Biscayne Bay mansion of the couple not only less populated, but also relatively empty.
The reason for the sparseness is that their private art collection has been moved to a new three-story, 30,000 square foot building in Miami’s Design District-set to open to the public on December 3rd.
This is a surprising move to the Miami art community, and will certainly derail the thousands of party crashers who annually attempt to access the lavish and coveted dinners hosted by the de la Cruz’s.
Over the past month, much of the de la Cruz art collection has been transported to the new facility, in a move some pre-eminent art collectors are opening up to, essentially opening their own de facto museums. Other serious local collectors such as Mera and Don Rubell, Ella Fontanals Cisneros and Martin Margulies have taken similar routes. According to Mrs. de la Cruz,
“Every collector needs to realize that you can’t take it with you. The works will either go to an institution, which might not be able to show them; to your kids, who may not want them; or to an auction house. So why wait? I want to organize it all and show it now.”
The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is located at 23 NE 41st Street, for more information call 305-576-6112. For more information on the 2009 Miami Art Basel follow link. Imagine Lifestyles is gearing up for the big event, and hopes to see you there!
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