The Global South. Visions and Revisions from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection proposes a dialog on the history of geometric abstraction in Latin America bound to go across times and borders and generate new approaches facing the way in which its history has been told from the Global North. The curatorship constructs encounters throughout Latin America between works by renowned masters of abstraction, forgotten or insufficiently known pioneers, and contemporary artists in different stages of their career which are transforming the legacy of former generations in the 21st century. This dialog, propounded as an invitation to rethink different visions on Latin American art, is extended to other hemispheres with the inclusion of pieces by artists from several parts of the world.
Faithful to its vocation to recover lost chapters of the history of Latin American art, this curatorship of the Brillembourg Capriles Collection will be displayed in three distinct sections in order to generate new visions. The first one, South-versions (subversions) of the grid, shows the recurrence of this form as the matrix of the dream of urban modernity, and the various ways in which the grid has been assembled—and disassembled—from the 20th century up to the present time. This section will include early and influential works by Victor Vassarely made in the 1950s, as well as other masters such as Carmelo Arden Quin, Raúl Lozza, Luis Tomasello, Tomás Maldonado, and contemporary artists like Liliana Porter and Nicolás Robbio, or the Spaniard Elena Asins. Around the interactive installation called The Three Graces by Eugenio Espinoza and the video Tangram by Ana Barham, members of the Lisarco Collective will carry out a series of performances with music and dance meant to connect the audience with the oeuvre and the working philosophy of the SaludArte Foundation, sponsor of the exhibition.
The section entitled Utometries shows the relationship between geometric art and the different forms of aesthetic and political utopias throughout the 20th century, as well as ways in which contemporary artists retake or deconstruct them. Several pioneers recently rescued from oblivion are exhibited, such as Uruguayan María Freire and Spaniard Manuel Calvo, and diverse dialogues are created between modern and contemporary artists in different media, such as Cuban Sandú Darié, and the Portuguese-born artists Pedro Croft and Carlos Bunga. Works by artists from different countries like Emilio Chapela and Anne Berning or Fernanda Fragateiro and Johanna Calle contain other forms with political implications.
The section called Cosmic Game (in the south) displays the way in which the explorations of forms either ludic and/or related with a sense of positioning in the universe are present in the continent. Not limited to Latin America, they show a sphere of affirmation of identity in the Global South. This section includes works by Torres-García, Alejandro Otero, Alejandro Puente, and oil paintings by new generations seeking to represent the music of the spheres and the existential value of games: Loló Soldevilla, Gyula Kosice, Anish Kappor, or Elías Crespín.
The Global South. Visions and Revisions is an invitation to wander around moments of the history of Latin American art from multiple points of view, displaying new relations and comprehensions, and sharing the process of revealing to the world the contributions and continuity of our artistic legacy.
THE GLOBAL SOUTH. VISIONS AND REVISIONS FROM THE BRILLEMBOURG CAPRILES COLLECTION A project of the SaludArte Foundation by invitation of MANA Commons, parallel to Pinta Miami 2016
NOV 30 to DEC 4, 2016
2217 NW 5th AVE, MIAMI, FL 33127
NOV 30: 5-8 pm
DEC 1-3: 12am-8pm
DEC 4: 12am-7pm