5/14/2012 3:56 PM
On view at the MFAH April 22–August 5, 2012
The MFAH is honored to host an exclusive loan exhibition from one of Latin America’s most renowned arts and cultural institutions: MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) – Fundación Costantini. Due to an ongoing artistic exchange between the MFAH and MALBA—a partnership formed in 2005—the institutions share artworks with their respective audiences, enabling them to discover artworks that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see.
Being located in such a diverse city, the MFAH is proud to present works that respond to the culture of Houston’s Latin American community. The represented artists were responsible for pioneering modern and avant-garde art in their countries, and viewing these works is a rare opportunity, as they have never traveled outside of South America. The eye-opening exhibition features masterworks by some of the region´s best-known artists, including Tarsila do Amaral, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, and Diego Rivera, as well as landmark figures new to U.S. audiences, such as Carlos Federico Sáez, Rafael Barradas, Alfredo Guttero, Emilio Pettoruti, and Jorge de la Vega.
From regular, free gallery talks to lectures and family programs, the exhibition is accompanied by plenty of learning opportunities that will expose visitors to the legacy of Latin American art. Additionally, a major catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue features text by Marcelo Pacheco, Chief Curator of MALBA - Fundación Costantini; and an interview with collector and President Eduardo F. Costantini by Mari Carmen Ramírez. Also included in the publication are scholarly analyses of each work featured in the exhibition by Pacheco, Edward Sullivan, Patricia Artundo, Llilian Llanes, Victoria Giraudo, and others.
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and MALBA - Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires. Major funding is provided by BBVA Compass. Additional generous support is provided by Sotheby´s and Gail and Louis Adler.