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A collector's life on display at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

As one of the world’s foremost collectors of contemporary art, Martin Z. Margulies knows what he likes. That includes the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

“It’s a beautiful museum designed by a world-class architect with a lot of very good works in their collection,” Margulies said during a July conversation about the appointment of the museum’s new director, Bonnie Clearwater. He predicted Clearwater would “bring in heavy-duty artists and great shows. She will excite the community.”

On Thursday evening, the museum’s Art Talk series will be devoted to Margulies, the Miami developer, philanthropist and creator of the Margulies Collection, a 45,000-square-foot space in Wynwood that houses seminal works of leading artists in European modernism, abstract expressionism, pop art, video, installation art and photography. They include pieces by Donald Judd, George Segal, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Noguchi, Barbara Probst, Nathalie Djurberg, Kader Attia, John Chamberlain and Willem de Kooning.

Margulies, a founder of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami and a former member of the Collectors Committee at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., received the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art earlier this year.

“Martin Z. Margulies: A Life as a Collector” is 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. Admission is free with museum admission ($10). Call 954-262-0241 or go to

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