Livingart By Tom Austin
For Eduardo Costantini, the 68-yearold founder of Consultatio Real Estate and MALBA contemporary art museum in Argentina, everything in life and business begins with art. For a start, the luxurious sales gallery of his new project— Miami’s Oceana Bal Harbour—is adorned with art pieces personally selected by Costantini, including works by Lucio Fontana, Wifredo Lam and Pablo Fonseca. On a busy afternoon, sales associates work amid the balm of some very accomplished art, as Costantini takes the long view. “To me, art is a constant, in my blood,”
says Costantini. “I’ve been collecting for 40 years. Art energizes our buildings. It’s not just a marketing tool, and we’re not in this for the short run. We have a curatorial team, like a museum, and art is integrated into the design of our projects.” When the famed Argentine developer got involved with his first U.S. effort—the 142-unit Oceana Key Biscayne—he was quick to infuse the building with art. “We included two specially commissioned murals by the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes,” says Costantini, who also lent one of his pieces to Milhazes’ exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami, her
Developer Eduardo Costantini knows it’s not money but art that makes the world go ’round. And he’s bringing his philosophy to Miami’s newest luxury residence.
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Published on Apr 15, 2015