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ICAA Highlights for February 2017

Jan 26

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During this month, the ICAA celebrates the anniversaries of several important milestones in Latin American art:

30th anniversary of the opening of Torres-Garcia: Grid-Pattern-Sign, Paris-Montevideo, 1929-1949, held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from February 14, 1987 to April 5, 1987. The relevance of this exhibition lies in its concentration of a large number of paintings, drawings and constructions of the Argentinian artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874—1949), after a fire in Rio de Janeiro caused the irreparable loss of many of his most important works. The exhibition was displayed at prestigious art venues such as the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Städtische Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf and the Hayward Gallery in London. The show was curated by Margit Rowell from the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and was organized by the Arts Council in collaboration with the American Federation of Arts. Read more about this constructivist artist in the ICAA’s shared collection.

50th anniversary of the publication of León Ferrari’s controversial book Palabras ajenas: conversaciones de Dios con algunos hombres y de algunos hombres con algunos hombres y con Dios [Conversations between God and some men and among some men with some other men and with God]. León Ferrari (1920—2013) conceived this manuscript as a play. The abridged edition of this book juxtaposes quotations from Genesis to Revelation, in which Hitler, Lyndon Baines Johnson and many other characters elaborate on aspects of the human condition. Through his book, Ferrari implies that religion is responsible for many wars in the history of West. The play was finally staged in 1968 by Leopold Maler at the London Arts Laboratory. For documents related to this important artist, see the ICAA’s shared collection.

130th anniversary of the closing of the First Exhibition at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Colombia [ICAA Record ID 1132596]. Founded in 1886 by the painter and journalist Alberto Urdaneta (1845—1887) with the support of the government, the National School of Fine Arts and consequently the First National Exhibition will have a direct impact on several academic institutions. The Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Colombia was the place where art, artists, collectors, and modern art disciplines were recognized and legitimized. The annual Exhibitions, held at the San Bartolomé building in Bogota, were used as a meeting point between the intellectual world and the mentioned groups. The closing of the First Exhibition was followed by minutes and reports that became relevant for Colombian history as they demonstrate the ties between political, civil, religious and military elites on the one hand, and professional artists and art educators on the other. For more documents related to this prestigious institution, visit the ICAA’s shared collection.

This month we also celebrate the creation of a two artistic manifestos: the 60th anniversary of the publication of the MADÍ Manifesto [ICAA Record ID 732008] in which the MADÍ group expressed a desire to invent and construct objects in the very heart of a society that is capable of releasing energy and controlling both space and time, and the 50th anniversary of the Manifiesto pro integración. Through the latter manifesto, the artist Julio Plaza proposed to integrate the arts, space and time objectively in a space open to the “vibration of life”. He also defended the collective works as well as the use of scientific, rational and functional methods in the arts [ICAA Record ID 1110751].

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