Yes! A step inside, and the world had changed. Our eyes took quick note of sculpted forms and figures, large-format photographs, and neon lights. Our ears picked up the jumbled hum of video soundtracks. We had found what we were looking for, the Martin Z. Margulies Collection. Appetites whetted, we ventured forward.
Martin Margulies's long and lucrative career in South Florida real estate has allowed him to indulge his passion for cutting-edge art. He is a businessman who believes in giving back to the community that brought him success, and one way he does this is by sharing his art. The ten-dollar donation that a visitor pays to view the collection goes to Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women and children that Margulies supports. These are ten dollars well spent, in more ways than one.
A collection reflects the collector's taste, and Margulies's runs to big sculpture and installations, photographs that offer social commentary, and experimental video art. We had fun encountering old friends like George Segal and Joan Miro. We also discovered some new ones, like the Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong, whose installation Les Saltimbanques replicates the figures from Picasso's painting of the same name--life size. And Michelangelo Pistoletto, whose Two Less One consists of two gilded mirrors hung at right angles, one having been smashed with a hammer. I'm not sure I get it, but I like the bravado, and I trust that understanding will come in time.
As at a crowded party, before long there were too many new names to remember. Only faces, or in this case visual impressions, remain. We sat mesmerized before a lengthy video of a Rube Goldbergish chain reaction that was heavy on pyrotechnics. We got a kick out of a full-scale kitchen that was completely covered in polyester batting as though buried under an inch of silencing snow .What better image to carry with us as we stepped out into the Florida sun?
We left the Margulies Collection refreshed, as if we had spent the morning on the beach. Then we trusted the GPS to guide us to a waterside watering hole for lunch.