ARCO FOUNDATION AND CA2M COLLECTIONS TAKEOVER MADRID
The Sala Alcalá 31 of the Comunidad de Madrid presents on February 25th the Latinoamérica en las colecciones CA2M y Fundación ARCO (Latin American art in the CA2M and ARCO Foundation collections) exhibition. Under Manuel Segade’s curatorship, the exhibition includes productions of emerging and consecrated artists -some, even, never seen- that will be exhibited until April 29.
A big theater curtain is the first thing seen at the Latinoamérica en las colecciones CA2M y Fundación ARCO. With an area of twelve meters wide and seven meters high, the work of the Argentinean artist Leonor Fini dedicated to Antonio El Bailarín (Antonio The Dancer) in 1957 acts as a gateway to the Sala Alcalá 31. Beyond the curtain, artworks from the 50s to the present build a path along Latin American art and culture contemporary history. In that context names of artists such as Jesús Soto, Damián Ortega and Jorge Macchi and contemporary artists such as Éder Oliveira, Jorge Satorre, Patricia Esquivias and Fernanda Laguna appear.
Quoting La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba), Federico García Lorca’s (Spain, 1898-1936) play, the exhibition takes place under poet words, as if it were a mantra: "There are things enclosed within the walls that, if they would suddenly go out into the street and scream, they would fill the world. " As explained from the Comunidad de Madrid, this gesture refers, on the one hand, to the artworks held by the two collections that constitute the exhibition and, on the other, celebrates 100 years of the writer's arrival in Madrid.
In addition to Latin American artists living in Latin America, Latinoamérica en las colecciones CA2M y Fundación ARCO will exhibit works by those Latin artists who have produced, throughout their careers, in the city of Madrid and those European artists who developed their careers in Latin America. This is the case of Los Carpinteros, a Cuban duet that produced much work in the Spanish city, and Francis Alÿs, a Belgian artist who lives in Mexico and has had a strong impact on contemporary Latin American art.