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Patricia Phelps donates to six museums 202 Latin American works of art

The Venezuelan collector and patron includes Queen Sofia with 39 pieces of 12 contemporary creators

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Patricia Phelps donates to six museums 202 Latin American works of art

The collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Caracas, 1947) is considered most important in world in Latin American funds. Without permanent headquarters, it is distributed between New York and Caracas and, for decades, its works are essential in growing number of exhibitions that museums everywhere dedicate to American art. Habitual provider, during last two years it had made two important donations: a hundred works at MoMA in 2016 and 119 with five American museums in 2017. At this beginning of year has just announced a new global donation of 202 pieces for 6 museums, which includes a single European center, Reina Sofia, which delivers 39 works signed by twelve contemporary artists. The or areas benefited are all Americans: The New York MoMA, with 88 pieces; The Blanton Museum of Texas (Austin), with 45; The Bronx Museum, 12; The Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA), with 8 and Museum of Art of Lima (MALI), with 10.

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From his New Yorker address (Phelps de Cisneros lives between Madrid and new York and enjoys Spanish and Venezuelan passports), collector explains via Telefónica that decision to make this great donation was maturing long ago with her husband, Businessman Gustavo Cisneros. "When we began to collect Latin American art, we set out as a goal to make known artists as wonderful as strangers in United States or Europe. Little by little everything has changed and now we see that demand has multiplied all over world. The public and exhibition organisers were demanding it. Of being an art that was not shown has happened to be claimed. It was perfect time. "

Considered one of most influential people in art world according to ArtReview, Patricia Phelps replies that she has included Queen Sofia because it is one of most important museums in world. "Already in days of Javier Solana as Minister of Culture, I began to collaborate with Spain with loans for different exhibitions. The arrival of Manuel Borja-Villel to museum multiplied that relationship because we have same feeling about art of Latin America. No one like him, so far, had paid so much attention and enhanced dialogue among all our artists. I had no doubt in including Queen, a museum with which we have made exhibitions, symposia and where I deposited an important group of works (35) in mode of Comodale in 2013 ".

Manuel Borja-Villel, director of Queen, qualifies extraordinary donation because museum will be able to offer a vision of Latin America outside known canon. "There are several artists we were looking for work to buy because of its importance in this new narrative (Claudio Perna, Waltércio Caldas and Jac Leirner). m toger with youngest form an inestimable gift. "

Queen Sofia has released a statement in which donated works, selected between collector and direction of Queen, "Open museum new ways to explore how field of Latin American art production has been established as a space of Social questioning and historical reflection for last fifty years. The inclusion in Reina Sofía's collection will enrich main research lines of museum. Understood thus, this important donation reinforces map of artistic practices that have marked and continue to mark Latin American art. " The museum adds that twelve names that make up donation, despite generational diversity and different geographical origin (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Paraguay and Venezuela) Form a unitary group. "They all share a certain eccentric gaze on predominant story of art history and many manage to position mselves on particular realities in different historical moments, among which we can draw common narratives with an approach of New artistic languages ".

The chosen artists are Feliciano Centurion (San Ignacio, Paraguay 1962-Buenos Aires, Argentina 1996) known for his work with elements belonging to domain of domestic intimacy; Fernanda Laguna (Buenos Aires, 1972) is also a poet, gallery owner, editor and writer who brings a view that crosses multiple recurrent mes of female imaginary, including erotic desire, playfulness, irrationality, queer expression and Concern is not socially-chartered. Osias Infanteboy (Argentina 1980), a creator who alternates sculpture, with dance, video and performance. Of concept of territory, understood as a field of action and reflection, speaks work of an important group of artists: Claudio Perna (Milan, Italy, 1938 – Holguín, Cuba, 1997), Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck (Caracas, Venezuela, 1972) Carlos Motta (Bogotá, Colombia, 1978) Matías Duville (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1974), Luis Fernando Benedit (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1937-2011) or Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Madrid, Spain, 1961). The rest of elect are sculptor Neo-concretist Waltércio Caldas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1946), Federico Herrero (San José, Costa Rica, 1978), is one of most important figures of contemporary Latin American art and Jac Leirner (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1961) Heir to Brazilian constructivism of Povera art and minimalism.


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