Wynwood Museums and Galleries
591 NW 27th St., Wynwood
Billionaire real estate developer Martin Z. Margulies has been a fixture of the Miami art scene for more than forty years. His private collection, in a 45,000-square-foot warehouse in Wynwood (he opened it a few years after the Rubells, when the neighborhood looked very different than it does today), showcases major works from contemporary artists across mediums, with an emphasis on sculpture and photography. The Margulies collection separates itself from other private art spaces in the city with its long-time and highly respected curator, Katherine Hinds, who is Margulies's right hand on all collection-related matters. It has built a reputation for spotlighting ambitious sculptural works and immersive installations, like mirrored tile works by Olafur Eliasson, and one of Do Ho Suh's famous silk apartment works. Exhibitions rotate seasonally.
95 NW 29 St., Wynwood
One of the most special collections making up Wynwood’s art-filled galleries, the private holdings of collectors Mera and Donald Rubell are noteworthy on a global scale. The Rubells’ at once controversial, eccentric, and thought-provoking pieces include Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, and Keith Haring in spades. They’re known for supporting young American artists as well. The audio tour, which is included in the price of admission, is incredibly worthwhile. (If you can time it right, plan your visit around one of the twice-daily guided tours, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) After twenty-three years in the neighborhood, the family recently announced they’ll be moving their collection to a two-and-a-half-acre campus designed by Selldorf Architects in 2018, which will include forty galleries, a research library, and a tropical sculpture garden.
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