Botero’s No. 1 fan
Gary Nader has the largest collection of ‘Boteros’ in the world. The Colombian artist Fernando Botero is known for his obsession with rounded shapes. His work was the star of the opening of the Gary Nader Fine Art gallery in New York. At the LAAM his work will form part of the permanent collection.
The idea to create a museum devoted to Latin American and Caribbean art had been mulled over in his head for over 20 years. “When I moved to Miami, I realised that nobody knew anything about Lam, Matta, Botero or Torres-García”, says Gary Nader, still surprised by his discovery. He decided to do something about it. He bought all the Latin American art he could find and took it to Miami. In 1985 he opened a specialised gallery and seven years later, Gary Nader Fine Art. Located in Wynwood, Miami’s art district, this gallery is one of the largest and most influential in the world today, with 5,000 square metres for exhibitions.
He presented his first plans for the Latin American Art Museum in Miami, LAAM, in 2014, at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach. The 650 works in his private collection will be the main attractions of this new space. Halfway between a museum and an arts centre, in addition to exhibitions there will also be a varied programme in which performances, music and film screenings will alternate with workshops and conferences. If you think that the concept of a living museum is innovative, then so is the building’s design, the work of the renowned architect Fernando Romero. Making use of the favourable weather conditions in Miami, he has designed a structure including generous terraces on its four floors. These open areas will be ‘sculptural gardens’, which will be an extension of the exhibitions inside. They will also be an attraction for passers-by to enter. “I don’t discount the idea of opening another museum abroad. Perhaps in Portugal, Dubai or Brazil” he said.