Law office by day, art gallery by night

Visiting Kluger Kaplan’s Miami office overlooking Biscayne Bay feels like you stumbled upon a secret upscale art gallery more than a characteristic law office.

After hours the space transforms into an art gallery and welcomes non-profits and businesses who make a charitable contribution at the firm, for an intimate cocktail hour and art tour. All proceeds are donated to the charity’s organization.

Founding partner, Alan Kluger, and his wife, retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge, Amy Dean, have been collecting artwork for more than 30 years. Kluger hand-picked from his private collection and moved several pieces into the office.

This past month, Kluger Kaplan hosted The Tribe, a group of Jewish young professionals looking to grow both personally and professionally in various leadership capacities.

The group received a personal guided tour from Alan, who showcased his latest collection featuring artists from countries throughout the world. Each piece reflects Kluger’s desire for understanding other cultures.

With Art Basel approaching, below are some pictures from The Tribe’s recent tour and a preview of some of the notable pieces that adorn the walls of Kluger Kaplan.


The piece titled “Vision in Green” by Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrie, represents how the Haitian population was decimated after the European conquistadors brought plague ad disease to the land.


Alan Kluger’s passion for art is evident as he tells the story behind his latest collection.


The piece titled “Hoy” was created by Douglas Arguelle Cruz, an artist who lives and works in Miami, Florida, originally from Havana, Cuba.


Alan Kluger pictured with The Tribe during their visit.


Cuban American artist Jorge Pantoja is known for his series of drawings, that have been called visual haikus. This piece titled “Perfectionist” demonstrates his use of intimate scale and meditative strokes.


Los Carpinteros is a Cuban artist founded in Havana in 1992 by Marco Antonio, Castillo Valdes, Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez, and Alexandre Arrechea. In their work, the artists incorporate aspects of architecture, design and sculpture such as this piece titled “Downtown Verde.”


This piece titled “Rapsodia en Azul” was created by Gonzalo Cienfuegos. Gonzalo was born in Santiago, Chile in 1949, and has exhibited in various countries including Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Spain, France and the United States.


Members of The Tribe socializing after their personalized art tour, lead by Alan Kluger.



The Art of Fundraising – A Unique Approach Attorney Alan Kluger’s Open Invitation to Non-Profits

social miami logoBy Onelia Collazo Mendive

What do you do when you have reached the pinnacle of career success and represented some of the biggest names in the community? For famed attorney  Alan Kluger and wife, retired Judge Amy Dean, you come up with the brilliant idea to invite resource-challenged non-profits to hold fundraising events in your downtown law office – Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.

A part of the firm’s 25,000 square foot space has been specially converted to host up to 40 guests and to show off an extensive group of art works from the Kluger’s coveted Contemporary Latin American art collection.

Kluger’s idea is twofold: help non-profits with an interesting space to fundraise and help them learn how to ask for donations.

Alan Kluger with guestsFor, a company that is dedicated to helping non-profits get the word out about their events and celebrating those who make the events successful, a collaboration with Alan Kluger was a match made in non-profit heaven. SocialMiami invited a vetted list of non-profit professionals to come and experience an evening with Kluger. When they arrived at the office, wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water awaited along with a conference table-turned buffet overflowing with appetizers.  Continue reading

Kluger Kaplan Signs New 24,133 SF Office Lease at Iconic Miami Center

Miami-based litigation powerhouse moves into a fresh new space

Photo Credit: Miami Downtown Development Authority

As Miami’s legal landscape continues to change, top litigation law firm, Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, evolves with the times.  This is why the firm is expanding its footprint in downtown Miami, updating its space and moving to a more contemporary and technologically advanced office. Kluger Kaplan gets its fresh identity on a new floor in the Miami Center, one of the city’s most iconic office towers. The new office space is 24,133 square feet on the 27th floor. The 12-year lease is good through 2026.

“Our prior lease was expiring, and we saw this as an opportunity to update our space,” said Alan Kluger, one of the founding members. “Miami Center is a first class building that has suited us very well. We like the proximity to the courthouse, the benefits provided by the adjacent Intercontinental Miami Hotel, local high-end restaurants, tropical views and the easy access for our personnel and clients.”

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Brazilians courted during Art Basel Miami Beach

Not only is Brazilian art hot, but everyone from real estate agents to art galleries will be wooing Brazilians during Art Basel Miami Beach, reports The Miami Herald. “The Brazilians will be here in droves,’’ said Alan Kluger, a prominent collector of Latin American art and senior partner with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. in Miami.

Paulo Bacchi carefully adjusted one of the white leather dining chairs in a two-story Biscayne Boulevard penthouse, making sure the 63rd-floor unit with the glass walls and expansive coastal views will show to the best possible advantage.

It’s one of seven model apartments in four buildings from downtown Miami to Sunny Isles Beach that Bacchi, the owner and general manager of Brazilian furniture manufacturer Artefacto, has been readying to coincide with the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach on Thursday.

Call it his Brazilian Basel strategy.

With Brazilians’ penchant for buying luxury condos, their free-spending ways during South Florida vacations and their growing interest in collecting art, they will be courted by developers, real estate agents, art gallerists and interior designers at events leading up to and during the top art show in the Americas.

“The Brazilians will be here in droves,’’ said Alan Kluger, an Aventura attorney and Latin American art collector. “I know one who is coming on his own Gulfstream and bringing 20 of his friends.’’

Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate, has been using Art Basel as a hook for Brazilians contemplating second-home purchases in South Florida. “We’re telling them if you’re thinking about coming to visit, this would be a great time to do it. We’ve been explaining just how exciting Art Basel is and how it shows a side of Miami that they might not know.’’

Brazilians account for 12 percent of the international home buyers in Miami-Dade County, second only to Venezuelans, but they tend to occupy the luxury niche and spend more than any other group of international visitors.

To capture that market, Bacchi pushed hard to finish the work on models at Marquis Residences, Paramount Bay, Trump Sunny Isles and Ocean House, a luxury project on the sand in Miami Beach. Brazilian second-home buyers account for about 40 percent of sales at Artefacto’s two Miami-Dade showrooms, one in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables and the other in Aventura.

“From our point of view, the season starts with Art Basel,’’ Bacchi said as he showed off a completed model at Marquis Residences, which featured cowhide rugs, a media room, white leather sofas and an antique movie reel from England used as a sculpture.

Art collectors from around the world also will getto meet Brazilian artists and galleries during Art Basel week. Sixteen Brazilian art galleries will have a presence at the show — five more than last year — and some European and U.S. galleries will exhibit the work of Brazilian artists too.

Kluger will be taking delivery of three pieces at Art Basel. Work by Brazilian metal sculptor Amilcar de Castro and Rio artist Artur Barrio are among his pre-purchases.

In the last few years, Brazilian art has come into its own in the collecting world.

Brazilian work inspired some of the most spirited bidding at Christie’s Latin American art auction this month in New York, and new auction records were established for 10 Brazilian artists. Alfredo Volpi’s Bandeirinhas estructuradas led the way; the painting sold for $842,500, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.

In the 1980s, when the Japanese were the world’s financial powerhouse, they bought Impressionist art; emerging Chinese collectors favor established masters, said Kluger. “You know what Brazilians buy? Brazilian art,’’ he said. “They love their culture. Now you have a robust Brazilian economy, they have the capital to buy and they know what they like.’’

Gallery owner Gary Nader also has climbed on the Brazilian bandwagon. “I’ve probably been to Brazil six times this year,’’ buying art and interviewing artists, he said.

So far this year, he said, more than 400 Brazilians — double last year’s numbers — have visited Gary Nader Art Centre in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.

Four pieces by Brazilian artists are among the 111 lots at Nader’s first Latin American Modern & Contemporary Art Auction, slated for Thursday at 5 p.m. They include an untitled sculpture by Ernesto Neto made from beads stuffed inside tulle; Vik Muniz’s Almond Blossoms — an image formed by thousands of punched paper discs; Debate series, a portrait fashioned from braided plastic by Jarbas Lopes, and Walter Goldfarb’s mixed media A Passion at The Opera House I.

“Why I’m going into the auction business in South Florida has a lot to do with the Brazilians,’’ Nader said. “We have to put some art in all those apartments they’re buying. They’ve become major patrons of the arts because now they can afford it.’’

Increasingly, he said, they don’t take their purchases home. Brazil has an import tax on art of nearly 40 percent, Nader said. “They come to Miami or New York, buy their condos and just put the art on the walls. That’s fantastic for us, but we’d like to see a more open art importation policy in Brazil.’’

Because significant private collections often end up in a country’s museums, “if they don’t create a policy where people can collect, a country loses,’’ he said.

Nader also plans a March event, “Brazilians are Coming!’’ at his gallery that will feature the 10 most important living Brazilian artists and the 10 most important deceased artists. The date hasn’t been set, but he plans to time the show to coincide with Brazil’s celebration of carnival. He calls Rio’s samba parade, which features thousands of people in feathered costumes and exotic headpieces, “the greatest performance art in the world.’’

And in March 2013, he’ll be taking 25 to 30 monumental sculptures to Sao Paulo’s MuBE, the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture.

Bacchi won’t only be trying to further his own business during Art Basel. He’s also an art collector and will be on the hunt for Latin American art — “especially Brazilian but also Venezuelan, Colombian and a bit of Cuban.” Work by two of his favorite Brazilian artists — Tunga and Muniz — are among the Basel offerings.

He’ll be courting Brazilian customers, of course, but he said Venezuelan, Argentine, French, Italian, and Russian buyers outfitting new real estate purchases also have been good clients.

When Arefacto prepares a model apartment, it generally gets 50 percent upfront from the developer and the other half when the unit sells — usually with all the furniture and accessories included. “If you’re a second-home buyer, you don’t have your interior design team in town. So you just write a check and you have instant gratification,’’ said Bacchi.

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