Every December, Art Basel visitors who walk through the doors of the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (591 NW 27th St., Miami) are left dumbstruck by the scope of the world-class exhibits at the sprawling 45,000-square-foot Wynwood space. After all, not every private collection can boast holdings that exceed those of its city’s public museums. But with more than 4,000 works by artists ranging from Miró to Noguchi and Thomas Hirschhorn to Olafur Eliasson, the Margulies Collection is hands down one of the finest in the nation. And each year it presents a rotating selection of sculptures, installations, videos, and photography that’s at the top of the art season’s best offerings.
This Wednesday through April 28, 2013, the Margulies Collection will showcase rarely seen major works by more than a dozen international artists. And you can experience them before the onslaught of Basel crowds overwhelm Wynwood.
On view will be monumental works such as Sprache der Vöge (1989), a stunning 13-ton sculpture by renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer. Comprising giant books created from lead sheets, the work is crowned by mammoth, 17-foot-long wings and reflects the artist’s ruminations on ideological decay, struggle with history, and collective memory loss.
Also on display will be eight photographs by Egyptian artist Wael Shawky’s 2012 film installation, Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File. At a time of Middle Eastern unrest and protests at American embassies, Shawky’s powerful piece provokes thoughts of re-examining the past and present in new ways.