MIAMI, THIS WEEK AND YEAR-ROUND: AN ART DESTINATION OF OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
DURING ART BASEL IN MIAMI, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE WONDERFUL PRIVATE COLLECTIONS , MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, SATELLITE FAIRS AND TALKS THAT ABOUND. I AM PARTICULARLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE NEW PEREZ MUSEUM (PAMM) http://www.pamm.org DESIGNED BY HERZOG AND DE MEURON AND THE TRACEY EMIN EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, NORTH MIAMI (MOCA) http://mocanomi.org AS I JUST INSTALLED A WONDERFUL NEON EMIN IN A CLIENT’S HOME, A PERFECT NIGHT-TIME SETTING, THEIR WINE CELLAR/ENTERTAINMENT AREA.
EVERY YEAR I SAY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN DURING A NON-FAIR TIME, STAY SOMEWHERE INDULGENT WHERE I WOULD HAVE TIME TO ENJOY THE ROOM, LOLL AROUND, BASK ON THE BEACH, AND QUIETLY VISIT THE GALLERIES AND COLLECTIONS THAT ARE OVERWHELMING AND JAMMED THIS WEEK. WISHING THINKING ONLY BUT THANKS TO THE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXPERIENCED INPUT OF NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER WHO HEADS TURON, THE ART TRAVEL AGENCY, AT THE LEAST, HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF MIAMI’S ART SCENE, A GREAT YEAR-ROUND ART DESTINATION.
NICHOLAS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EXPERTISE AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG.
MIAMI HAS ATTRACTED NUMEROUS COLLECTORS WHO HAVE TRANSFORMED THE CITY INTO AN OUTSTANDING ART DESTINATION ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL IN THE AREAS OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART. MIAMI’S PRIVATE COLLECTIONS EQUAL AND OFTEN SURPASS THOSE OF MANY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS AND THE COLLECTORS’ GENEROSITY IN OPENING THEIR DOORS TO THE PUBLIC AND CREATING MARVELOUS VENUES IN WHICH TO VIEW THE PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF THE ART COLLECTING COMMUNITY IS UNPARALLELED.
NICHOLAS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING COLLECTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR US TO VISIT IN MIAMI AT PRESENT?
Yes, The Miami collectors are very happy to open their collections during Art Basel in Miami (they have updated the name).
The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) has been going strong since 1964. Established in New York City it was moved in 1993 to a 45,000 sq ft facility that was formerly a DEA storage warehouse. The Contemporary Arts Foundations (CAF) was opened in 1994 further expanding the RFC’s public mission – working as a contemporary museum.
The collections are constantly being expanded and feature the works of many well-known artists: Basquiat, Haring, Warhol, Koon, Hirst, Sherman and Kara Walker, to name just a few. Their exhibitions often travel worldwide. The RFC is considered the ‘Miami Model’ a benchmark for many private collectors seeking to create their version of this new, independent form of public institution.
In 1998, Martin Z. Margulies along with his longtime curator Katherine Hinds began looking for a suitable space to display the growing collection of photography, video and installation works, and sculpture of the Margulies Contemporary Art Collection. In 1999, the first phase of the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse opened to the public with an event to benefit the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami. After a series of expansions, the Warehouse now comprises 45,000 square feet of exhibition space with set hours each week.
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting art in the early 1970s, with a primary interest in works from Latin America. Over the ensuing years, as the collection has developed and grown, its scope has broadened. What started as the acquisition of artworks for personal enjoyment has matured into an ambitious life-long project.
Although the entire collection is never on view to the public at once, CIFO organizes a series of exhibitions from the collection on a yearly basis, curated by different guest curators that not only show the depth and breadth of the collection but also to initiate a dialogue about specific aspects of these works within a broader context.
The Collection includes a substantial holding and constantly evolving group video and new media works by both pioneers and newer artists in this burgeoning field. Among them Marina Abramovic, Chantal Akerman, William Kentridge, Ana Mendieta, Jennifer Steinkamp, Fiona Tan, Song Dong and Bill Viola.
Photography is an important area that has been developing rapidly. The Cisneros Foundation concentrates on the relationships between architecture, landscape, and urban space, and how those connections create a dynamic and complex dialogue in contemporary culture. It features works by Bernd & Hilla Becher, Olafur Eliasson, Leandro Erlich, Carlos Garaicoa, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Sze Tsung Leong, Ryuji Miyamoto, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Damian Ortega, Caio Reisewitz, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Frank Thiel, and Wang Qingsong. More recently they have expanded significantly to include numerous works by Modernist photographers from Latin America such as Germán Lorca, Grete Stern, Geraldo de Barros and José Yalenti, Paulo Pires and Leo Matiz, among others.
The collection also includes a growing body of international contemporary art, with works by artists such as Francys Alys, Sophie Calle, Mark Dion, Tracy Emin, Thomas Hirschorn, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Subdoh Gupta, William Kentridge, Vik Muniz, Gabriel Orozco, Ernesto Neto, Guillermo Kuitca and Shirin Neshat.
World Class Boxing (WCB) is an exhibition space displaying contemporary art from the collection of Debra & Dennis Scholl. WCB presents works commissioned by and drawn from The Scholl Collection in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography. The space was established in order to display large scale and commissioned works and to have more of the collection accessible to the Miami art community. Located in Wynwood, Miami’s art district. WCB was named for the prior user of the space, a boxing gym where a number of Olympic and professional boxers trained. The 4,000 square foot space has a main gallery, a project space and the Scholls’ extensive art library.
Each year the space unveils a commissioned series of works during Art Base. During the rest of the year, exhibitions are drawn from works in the collection, curated by local and international curators. The Scholls are known for their unique curatorial approach. Every year, they select a curator to install works from their collection in their home. They give the curator complete autonomy with the installation and agree to live with the installation for a year. Curators to date include Douglas Fogle, Connie Butler, Matthew Drutt, Claudia Schmuckli, Rochelle Steiner, Dominic Molon, Jessica Morgan, Debra Singer, Amanda Cruz, Matthew Higgs, Jeremy Deller, Nicholas Baume and Trevor Schoonmaker.
IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, WE WILL EXPLORE MUCH FARTHER AND EXOTIC CLIMES, DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD THAT OFFER BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS, UNFAMILIAR CULTURES AND GEOGRAPHY AND UNIQUE ART COLLECTIONS, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC. NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, WHO HEADS TURON TRAVEL, AND HIS DEDICATED TEAM, ARE EXPERIENCED IN ART AND TRAVEL RELATED PLANNING, MAKE AN ENORMOUS EFFORT TO ATTEND A GREAT MANY FAIRS AND COLLECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD, AND ARE HERE TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR TRAVEL – RELATED QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS!