The Museo Reina Sofía and the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros have reached an important collaborative agreement in which both institutions will develop a number of cultural projects progressively and jointly. The first phase of this agreement took place on March 2nd and 3rd at the Reina Sofía with an international symposium on Latin American art titled Rethinking American Modernism: Flows and Overflows.
During 2013, the relationship between the two institutions will be consolidated with the opening of a major exhibition dedicated to abstract art in Latin America during 1940-1970, made possible by the collection of the FC/CPPC curated by Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Museo Reina Sofía, and Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Finally, it is expected that this collaboration will culminate in extended loan of an important group of works from the FC/CPPC to be exhibited in the galleries of the Reina Sofia Museum.
International Symposium on Latin American art: Rethinking American Modernisms: Flows and Overflows
The Museo Reina Sofía hosted an international symposium to build a constellation of critical views about modern Latin American art.
Prestigious critics, artists, curators and international experts met to address the problems of the origin of abstraction, the reciprocal influences between Europe and Latin America, as well as the complex processes between tradition and modernity. The workshop provided a theoretical foundation for a future exhibition from the CPPC to be held in 2013 at the Reina Sofia Museum.
Major exhibition from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros at the Museo Reina Sofia in 2013
One of the key moments of XX century art was the period between 1940-1970 in Latin America. This is essentially due to the fact that it had evolved differently from the European or North American art that had, until then, been hegemonic.
In this sense, the best Latin American art collection, which contains the keys that made it unique, is that of the FC/CPPC. The core of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gathers an important group of works that provide testimony of the uniqueness of that historical period. Among those included are Venezuelan artists such as Gego, Soto and Cruz-Diez; Brazilian artists Mira Schendel, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica and Lygia Pape; the Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres Garcia and, from Argentina, Tomás Maldonado and Gyula Kosice.
Collaboration between the Fundación Cisneros and the Reina Sofía will allow the Museum to welcome, for the first time, an exhibition of Latin American abstract art from the years 1940-1970. This show is not only critical for the direction that the Museum is developing, but will also be integrated into educational projects and publications that the agreement provides for.
Extended loan agreement
Finally, this collaborative agreement will culminate with the extended loan of an important body of work from the FC/CPPC to be exhibited in dialogue with the collection from the Museo Reina Sofía.