“A client’s word of mouth is the loudest thing anyone’s going to hear in this industry,” she said.
Museo Vault built up enough of a reputation that Art Basel Miami Beach first used it as their production company for the outdoor Art Public segment in 2011. The relationship was renewed last year and will continue again this December, a huge boost for the Miami company’s international exposure.
One of the qualities that makes Museo Vault valuable many to clients is that the art handlers are also artists with their own specialties, either in sculpture, metal, paint or other media.
“There’s not many other teams of guys that I would trust to handle such high-value, high-profile works,” said Guerdat, who was recently contracted by Museo Vault to take on the role of special projects manager for the outdoor public portion of Art Basel this year.“They’re just incredibly professional and I’m always amazed at their engineering knowledge in figuring out how to get a 3,000-pound tree into a crate into a truck that’s the same size of the crate.”
While Art Basel and its satellite fairs — and the influx of seasonal residents — make winter a busy time for the company, Amor said summer heats up for a different reason: hurricane season, when clients who might be spending the season elsewhere need to make sure their art is secured.
The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year in New York City has brought the threat of storms to the front of many collectors’ minds, Amor said.
“The reality is that any storm, regardless of the category, can cause catastrophic devastation,” she said.
Between seasonal storage, foreign clients, Art Basel ties and other business, Amor said revenues have increased every year. The privately held company would not release financial details, but Amor said the owners are continuing to invest to keep technology updated.
Museo Vault is “hitting our target,” said Ruderman.
“It takes time,” he said. “We’re not quite where we want to be yet. But we’re on target.”
He and Amor said expansion is a possibility if the current facility fills up.
“I think that the future is bright,” Amor said. “We have grown every year since the moment we opened. I can’t see it stopping.”