For artists to use their talent in order to help others in need is something we read about often, but when a public collection goes all out this way, it is a fairly unusual surprise deserving of praise. Such is the case of art collector Martin Z. Margulies and his Margulies Collection at the Warehouse from Miami, whose mission is to benefit the Lotus Village homeless shelter for women and children in an immediate and concrete manner. The not-for-profit institution is deeply engaged in its charitable activities, which aim to raise funds, but also awareness, about hunger, homelessness and other problems affecting the members of our society.
Building a New Future
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse was inaugurated in January of 1999, and is operated and funded by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, a thirty year resource for the study and enjoyment of the visual arts. Their goal is to host and educate about important contemporary art exhibitions, but also to emphasise the fact that the blue chip art market can be of immense help as part of the charity initiatives. Through fees collected through book sales, admission and special events, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse directly supports the Lotus Village homeless shelter and their women and children. Their latest contribution will come in form of a new five-story building which will house over 400 women, youth and children, according to the collection’s curator Katherine Hinds. The project will also include health and wellness centre, daycare, job training and an arts lab. What’s also impressive is that the collection has a particularly interesting educational relationship with women living in Lotus Village and the students from Florida Atlantic University, which allows them to serve as docents and guards in the collection’s galleries at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse Miami
Over the years, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of private, but also public, contemporary art collections worldwide. Their showing and educational programs have presented thousands of works to visitors from every corner of the planet, further expanding their body of artworks as they go. Their permanent collection features 20th and 21st century sculpture, photography, video, painting and large scale installation by internationally renowned artists like Anthony Caro, Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Serra and many others.For the 2015-2016 season, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse has acquired new works by Anselm Kiefer and Susan Philipsz, among others, whose exhibitions are also on view at the moment. With Susan Philipsz’s works, they have stepped into a new field for them – Sound Art. The exhibitions will be on view through April 30th, 2016.
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