Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuelan, 1923–2005). Doble transparencia (Double Transparency). 1956. Oil on plexiglass and wood with metal rods and bolts, 21 5⁄8 × 21 5⁄8 × 12 5⁄8” (55 × 55 × 32 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Ana Teresa Arismendi. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift

MoMA October 21, 2019–March 2020

Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift is drawn primarily from the paintings, sculptures, and works on paper donated to the Museum by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. This extraordinarily comprehensive collection provides the foundation for a journey through the history of abstract and concrete art from South America at mid-century. The exhibition explores the transformative power of abstraction in Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, and Uruguay, focusing on both the way that artists reinvented the art object itself and the role of art in the renewal of the social environment.

Organized by Inés Katzenstein, Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, The Museum of Modern Art, and consulting curator María Amalia García, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)–Universidad Nacional de San Martín, with Karen Grimson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by Agnes Gund.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund.

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