Exposiciones / Cold America. Geometric Abstraction in Latin America (1934–1973)

11 February, 2011 - 15 May, 2011
Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Curated:
Manuel Fontán del Junco, Osbel Suárez

This exhibition set out to explore the complex and fragmented history of geometric abstraction in Latin America, its restoration, and how it differed from European geometric abstraction. Painting, photography, sculpture and architecture were represented through the roughly 300 pieces on display, some never before shown outside their country of origin, together with an extensive selection of historical documents and texts, a great deal of them from the Lafuente Archive. The exhibition featured over 60 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela and Mexico, set amidst a specific time frame defined by the dates on which two artists returned to South America from Europe: 1934, when Joaquín Torres-García went back to Montevideo, and 1973, the year in which the Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto returned to his native city of Ciudad Bolívar to attend the opening of the museum that bears his name.

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