Selected Gifts from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Jan 9, 2018–Feb 29, 2020


Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Artwork shown: Luiz Sacilotto. Concretion 58. 1958. Enamel on metal and acrylic over wood, 7 7/8 × 23 5/8 × 12" (20 × 60 × 30.5 cm). Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Rodrigo Cisneros-Santiago

The digital exhibition below presents a selection of the extraordinary artworks given by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, animated by the reflections of 16 MoMA curators.

The Museum of Modern Art has received a major gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros of 90 contemporary works by artists working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. This gift significantly enriches MoMA's holdings of works by Latin American artists, enabling the Museum to trace the shift toward video, performance, photography, and more participatory forms of art in the region, many by artists that are entering the collection for the first time.

This most recent gift complements hundreds of others given to the Museum by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros and the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. They join 40 works previously given over the last 16 years, and an unprecedented gift in 2016 of 102 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made between the 1940s and 1990s by artists working in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Together these works allow the Museum to present more expansive narratives of modern art, highlighting Latin America’s integral role in the establishment of geometric abstraction as one of the pillars of art in the 20th century.


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