Transformative Gift to The Museum of Modern Art, NY

Modern art gift and the creation of the Cisneros Institute

Monday Oct 17, 2016

Introduction

On October 17, 2016 The Museum of Modern Art announced a major two-part gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). Comprising almost 150 works of modern Latin American art as well as the establishment of a research institute at MoMA, the gift will deepen understanding of the integral role played by Latin America in the history of modern and contemporary art.

CPPC Gift to MoMA

The donated artworks encompass examples of modern art by important Latin American artists, made between the 1940s and 1990s. The artists represented in this gift were working in the language of geometric abstraction in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay, and include Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero, and Tomás Maldonado, among others. The paintings, sculptures, and works on paper add to MoMA’s significant holdings of art from Latin America. Together, these almost 150 works reveal a whole chapter of international Modernism, allowing a more complex understanding of Modern Art as an international, multifaceted movement.

Selection of Images of Artworks

  • Alejandro Otero

    Tablón de Pampatar

    Lacquer on wood

    320 x 65.1 x 2.7 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin & Nicholas Griffin

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  • Geraldo de Barros

    Função diagonal

    Lacquer on board

    62.9 x 62.9 x 1.3 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

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  • Ivan Serpa, Untitled (1954)

    Ivan Serpa

    Untitled

    Oil on canvas

    116.2 x 89.5 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

  • Judith Lauand

    Concreto 61

    Synthetic paint on board

    60 x 60 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Robert Menschel & Janet Wallach

  • Hélio Oiticica

    Pintura 9 [Painting 9]

    Oil on canvas

    115.9 x 88.9 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin

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  • Waldemar Cordeiro

    Idéia visível [Visible Idea]

    Acrylic on plywood

    59.9 x 60 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

  • Alfredo Hlito, Curvas y series rectas (1948)

    Alfredo Hlito

    Curvas y series rectas [Curves and Straight Series]

    Oil on canvas

    70.5 x 70.5 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Todd Bishop

  • Juan Melé, (1923)

    Marco recortado N° 2 [Irregular Frame N°2]

    Oil on board

    71.1 x 50.2 x 2.5 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

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  • Willys de Castro, (Active Object [Red/White Cube]), 1962

    Willys de Castro

    Objeto ativo (cubo vermelho/branco)

    Oil on canvas on plywood

    25 x 25 x 25 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Tomás Orinoco Griffin-Cisneros

  • Franz Weissmann

    Composição com semicírculos

    Aluminum

    81 x 64.7 x 56.1 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

  • Lygia Pape, Untitled (1956)

    Lygia Pape

    Untitled

    Acrylic on plywood

    35 x 35 x 8 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Sharon Rockefeller

  • Carlos Cruz-Diez, Proyecto para un muro exterior [Maquette for an Exterior Wall] (1954–1965)

    Carlos Cruz-Diez

    Proyecto para un muro exterior [Maquette for an Exterior Wall]

    Acrylic on plywood

    40 x 55.2 x 6.4 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Carolina Rodríguez-Cisneros

  • Tomás Maldonado, Desarrollo de un triángulo [Development of a Triangle] (1949)

    Tomás Maldonado

    Desarrollo de un triángulo [Development of a Triangle]

    Oil on canvas

    80.6 x 60.3 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of James Cuno

  • María Freire, Untitled (1954)

    María Freire

    Untitled

    Oil on canvas

    92 x 122 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

  • Raúl Lozza, Relieve nº30 [Relief No. 30] (1946)

    Raúl Lozza

    Relieve Nº30 [Relief No. 30]

    Oil on plywood and painted metal

    41.9 x 53.7 x 2.7 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF

  • Lygia Clark, Casulo Nº2 [Cocoon No. 2] (1959)

    Lygia clark

    Casulo Nº2 [Cocoon No. 2]

    Enamel on aluminum

    30 x 30 x 11 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Kathy Halbreich

  • Gego

    Ocho cuadrados [Eight squares]

    Painted iron

    170 x 64 x 40 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Gustavo Rodríguez-Cisneros

  • Rhod Rothfuss, Cuadrilongo amarillo [Yellow Quadrilateral], 1955

    Rhod Rothfuss

    Cuadrilongo amarillo [Yellow Quadrilateral]

    Paint on wood

    37 x 33 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

  • Mira Schendel

    Sem título (Objeto gráfico)

    Transfertype, graphite, and ink on paper, and acrylic sheets

    99.8 x 99.8 x 1 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Luis Pérez-Oramas

  • Jesús Soto, Desplazamiento de un elemento luminoso (1954)

    Jesús Soto

    Desplazamiento de un elemento luminoso

    Vinyl dots on acrylic, tempera on board, and wood

    50 x 80 x 3.3 cm

    The Museum of Modern Art. Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the LACF in honor of Susana & Ricardo Steinbruch

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Cisneros Institute

A complementary component to the gift of artworks is the establishment of a research institute devoted to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America. The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America (Cisneros Institute) will be located on MoMA’s campus. The Cisneros Institute will support curatorial research and travel, host visiting scholars and artists, convene an annual international conference, and produce research publications on art from Latin America. Poised to become the preeminent research center in the field of Latin American art, it will build on MoMA’s history of collection, exhibition, and study of the art and artists of the region. The Cisneros Institute will foster long-term strategic partnerships with other art institutions throughout the world that are interested in Latin American culture, and will publish, in both printed and digital formats, the results of its research, making its findings available to a broad audience. The Cisneros Institute will further develop the program of research conducted by the Latin American component of C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age), which MoMA initiated in 2009, and will facilitate the initiatives of the Museum’s Latin American and Caribbean Fund in providing for the study of works of art.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros at MoMA - A Timeline

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Slideshow of Cisneros/MoMA Events

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Media

Featured Press

A selection of featured press:

The New York Times102 Latin American Artworks, and a New Institute, Will Go to the Modern (October 17, 2016)

The Wall Street JournalCisneros Gift to MoMA Will Boost Latin American Holdings, Research (October 17, 2016)

The EconomistAn important gift will transform MoMA's holdings of Latin American art (October 17, 2016)