The Fundación Cisneros Seminar is an annual initiative for the interdisciplinary study of modern and contemporary art and culture, with a special focus on the art of Latin America.

Through a dynamic event combining the model of Pecha Kucha and symposium, the Fundación Cisneros Seminar invites artists, curators, art critics and producers in other disciplines as well as the general public, to think about the various genealogies and languages ​​that operate simultaneously in the cultural field.

2013: Promises of the Commons

2012: The Betrayal of the Contemporary


2011: Piet Mondrian, Parallel Readings


The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Universidad Central de Venezuela’s Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism presented Piet Mondrian: Lecturas paralelas (Piet Mondrian, Parallel Readings), the first symposium of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros (Fundación Cisneros Seminar), a space for the multidisciplinary study of art produced in Latin America in dialogue with the world that took place on June 13th, 2011.

In this seminar, specialists from diverse countries and disciplines analyzed the influence of Piet Mondrian, one of the most important artists in the development of abstract movements in Europe and the American continent.


Brigitte Léal, Adjunct Director of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and curator of the exhibition Mondrian/De Stijl, (December 1, 2010–March 21, 2011), will provide an overall look at the work and philosophy of Piet Mondrian.

Mary Kate O’Hare, Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum in New Jersey and curator of the exhibition Constructive Spirit, Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s (February 17–May 23, 2010), will speak about the contribution of artist and critic, Charmion Von Wiegand, in the promotion and dissemination of Mondrian’s work and ideas in the United States.

Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Director of the CPPC, will address how artists in the Arte Concreto-Invención and Madí movements in Argentina interpreted the work of Mondrian.

Ariel Jiménez, Chief Curator of the CPPC, will compare the different readings that Neoconcrete artists from Brazil and Kinetic artists from Venezuela had of Mondrian’s work.