Contemporary art Exhibitions USA

The season of the Warehouse

Collector Marty Margulies’s Wynwood showcase

Song Dong, Para Pavilion, 2011

Collector Marty Margulies’s lifelong fascination with art once again takes many guises at his Warehouse in Wynwood, with thoughtful additions to the seasonal showcase of pieces from his permanent collection.

“The installation is a challenging and important process,” explains longstanding curator Katherine Hinds. “Each work must have its own space.”

The collection features three exhibitions, with the front gallery space beckoning viewers into to the 45,000 sq. ft facility with works by German artist Anselm Kiefer, including a three-ton sculpture from 1989 and a 13 x 10 ft painting from the “Liliths” series, also from the 1980s.

Inside, artist Song Dong’s The Wisdom of the Poor: A Communal Courtyard, first seen at the 2011 Venice Biennale and recreated by the artist in Miami, celebrates the wisdom of the old Chinese society with a 12,000 sq. ft work comprised of 100 wardrobe doors from 100 families that lived in one of the poorest communal neighbourhoods in Beijing in the 1950s and 1960s. The viewer walks through and into the work, and sees his or her own reflection in the same mirrors that thousands of people used in their everyday life in Beijing 60 years ago.

Visitors will also discover an Arte Povera exhibition including major works by Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto, some of which, according to Hinds, have not been on public view for decades.

Border conflict

Also in the show is Amar Kanwar’s documentary-style film A Season Outside, with voice narration by the Indian artist, depicting the antagonism at the India-Pakistan border and exploring the scars of violence in human society and dreams of peace. German artist Kota Ezawa’s video City of Nature analyses the pervasive and subconscious influence of popular visual media in the collective unconscious. Photography includes Olafur Eliasson’s “The Hut” series and work by Chema Madoz on loan from Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona.

The lack of a unified theme to the exhibition is not a problem, thanks to the balanced relationship between the works on show, key to heightening the visitor’s awareness of multiple contexts and viewpoints. The point, Hinds notes, is fundamentally for art lovers to enjoy the experience. “What we are not interested in is telling people what to think about the art, especially young people. We want our audience to experience the art in the collection and then come to their own conclusions.”

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th Street, Miami, until 26 April 2014. Open Weds-Sat 11am-4pm, except 6-7 December 9am-4pm, 8 December 9am-2pm.

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