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13 August

Collector turns Ibiza salt warehouse into Modern Art Gallery

A New York-based collector has converted a vast former salt warehouse in Ibiza into an 8,000 sq. ft gallery, which opens this week on the Balearic island. La Nave has been founded by Lio Malca, who also runs a Modern and contemporary art gallery in Manhattan. The opening show is dedicated to the high-profile Brooklyn-based artist Kaws; it includes a 7m-high sculpture, entitled Clean Slate (2014), and six paintings, which are all owned by Malca. “There will be a combination of shows at La Nave. In the main space, we’ll show works fr om my collection, as well as works fr om other private collections—all museum-quality—and occasionally there will be commercial exhibitions,” Malca says. Artists represented in Malca’s family collection include George Condo, Keith Haring, Vik Muniz and Nobuyoshi Araki. La Nave is located on the south-east coast of Ibiza, which is better known for its package holidays and clubbing scene. “Ibiza has been welcoming people from all over the world, including international art collectors,” says Malca, who has funded the renovation project. He has also secured sponsorship from companies such as AirEuropa. A press statement says that since the late 1990s, “Malca has become a key lender and advisor to [Jean-Michel] Basquiat and [Keith] Haring exhibitions in the United States, Italy, France, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil… and elsewh ere.” Malca adds: “I run a private space in New York wh ere I show mainly works from my collection.” Get more information HERE