LATIN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY ART IN MoMA – A GIFT FROM PATRICIA PHELPS DE CISNEROS
New York - The Museum of Modern Art displays Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction―The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, a major exhibition drawn primarily from works donated to the Museum by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
On view from October 21, 2019, through March 14, 2020, Sur moderno celebrates the arrival of the most important collection of abstract and concrete art from Latin America by dedicating an entire suite of galleries on the Museum’s third floor to the display of artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay.
This extraordinarily comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper provides the foundation for a journey through the history of abstract and concrete art from South America at mid-century. The exhibition explores the transformative power of abstraction in South America, focusing on both the way that artists radically reinvented the art object itself and the role of art in the renewal of the social environment. This transformation, which occurs in dialogue with design and architecture, seeks to produce a shift in the viewer's consciousness. Also, it represents the apex of Latin American confidence in modernity.
Sur moderno highlights the work of Lygia Clark, Gego, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Rhod Rothfuss, among others. It is also anchored by a selection of archival materials that situate the works within their local contexts.
The exhibition is organized by Inés Katzenstein, Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, The Museum of Modern Art; consulting curator María Amalia García, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)–Universidad Nacional de San Martín; and Karen Grimson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.