I had read in a booklet that there was a fantastic sculpture by Zaha Hadid inside one of the buildings in the Miami Design District, but unfortunately when we got there the building was closed. I had also seen a photo of another sculpture, but that turned out not to be there either.
I had organised this little outing and it was starting to look a bit rubbish, but then we were given a tip by the friendly staff at a very bare modern art museum.
We took their advice and arrived at a large, plain white building that had a tiny notice, telling us to ring the bell.
I rang and for a minute no one answered, but then a guide let us in, and locked the door behind us. Suddenly we were standing in a huge white gallery that was filled with modern art and sculptures.
There was no other visitors and our guide explained that we were in the De la Cruz Collection. It is privately owned by the family and they are fanatical about modern art. Apparently, for many years they used to invite people into their home to show them their art, but the collection grew so big that they decided to build a private gallery as a kind of extension to their home. They often visit, and there are no signs outside the building, because you don't do that with a home.
The gallery is open to anyone who rings the bell, and we were given a guided tour by one of the curators.
He knew everything about all of the pieces and spent a couple of hours explaining everything to us.
Amongst many things he showed us one painting that was valued at more than $20,000,000, a collection of over 253 faces by Rob Pruitt (pic 3), a ball of brown plasticine and then a large pile of peppermint sweets. They were supposed to be a portrait of the artist's father - apparently his dad really liked peppermints and they remind the artist of him. No, I still don't get it either, but it was a great tour.
Ps, yes, we did take a couple of sweeties off the top.
Pps, the curator told us to.