Lifestyle - January 28, 2019

Tavistock Group and Joe Lewis want to bring Orlando Museum of Art to Lake Nona

Further enrich the experience of living in Lake Nona with the presence of the Orlando Museum of Art: this dream can come true through a partnership between Tavistock Group and billionaire Joe Lewis.

One of the group’s investors, Lewis is well known for his extensive art collection. The deal with Tavistock has been around for some time, but nothing has been formalized yet, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

Initial information indicates that Lewis is willing to invest $10 million in the project, with a $30 million counterpart from the museum to take the space in Lake Nona. The museum currently operates at 2416 N. Mills Ave. in Loch Haven Park. The space, with about 50 thousand square meters, was built in 1974.

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Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Co., told the OBJ not to comment on deals under negotiation. “It’s known that we’ve been dealing with them for some time. We’ve looked at many, many sites. Our overall situation is we buy into their long-term vision … which is to be a part of an active community,” said Zboril.

Should the project become a reality, pieces from the Lewis Collection would be exhibited in the museum. The public would have the opportunity to appreciate works by Bacon, Degas, Freud, Klimt, Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso, among other artists.

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