Established in 2001, Malba – Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina, prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, with several exhibitions and events planned to mark the occasion.
Thanks to an artistic exchange agreement with the Latin American Art Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), this September 14 loans from its Permanent Collection will travel to Malba, along with the Carlos Cruz-Diez retrospective: Color in Space and Time, curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez. In April 2012, Malba will reciprocate the loans by sending to MFAH master works of its own permanent collection.
Timed with the exhibition openings, Malba will also host a three-day International Symposium titled: “Latin American Art. Ten years of changes, perspectives and projects.”
Exchange of Works from Permanent Collections
MFAH and Malba have had an artistic exchange agreement in place since 2005: the first of its kind between a United States and a South American museum. Opening September 20, Malba will display 14 Modern works from the MFAH’s collection as part of the re-installation of their own permanent holdings of Latin American Art. Some of the works are by Hércules Barsotti, Aluísio Carvão, Lygia Clark, Joaquín Torres-García, Gego, Hélio Oiticica, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jesús Rafael Soto. The works will be on view through March 2012. On the spring, Malba will reciprocate the loan by sending to the MFAH more than 30 paintings and sculptures, considered the most relevant highlights of its permanent collection, including pieces of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral, Joaquín Torres-García, Roberto Matta, Wifredo Lam, Fernando Botero, Xul Solar and Antonio Berni, among other masters, on view beginning April 1, 2012.
Along with the permanent collection loans, Malba will also receive the critically acclaimed Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time. Malba will be the first venue in Latin America to display this exhibition—the first large-scale retrospective of the pioneering Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923) organized by MFAH and Cruz-Diez Foundation with the mayor support of MetLife Foundation. 125 works will travel to Malba, opening September 21, 2011, with the loan exhibition and on view through March 5, 2012.
To celebrate its first decade, Malba will host an International Symposium on September 21–22–23, 2011, highlighting 10 years of changes, perspectives and projects. The seminar will showcase the vision of a representative group of curators, directors and professionals from institutions that have participated in the mayor changes that have altered the status of art in the region on the last 10 years. With the presence of: Mari Carmen Ramírez (Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas, MFAH– USA); Hans-Michael Herzog (Chief Curator, Daros Latinamerica AG Daros Museum Zürich / Casa Daros Rio – Zürich Switzerland and Río de Janeiro, Brazil); Natalia Majluf, (Director, Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI, Perú); Adriana Rosenberg (President, Fundación Proa – Buenos Aires, Argentina); Luis Enrique Pérez-Oramas (Estrellita Brodsky curator for Latin American Art, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA -Nueva York, USA); Marcelo Mattos Araujo (Executive Director, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil); Rodrigo Moura (Curator, Inhotim Institute- Brumadinhoo, Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Marcelo E. Pacheco (Chief Curator, Malba- Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Malba – Fundación Costantini was founded in September 2001 by the Eduardo F. Costantini Foundation, with the goal of collecting, preserving, studying and promoting Latin American art from the early 20th century up to the present. It is a private, non-profit institution that preserves and exhibits a patrimony of more than 500 works of art by leading modern and contemporary artists from Latin America. It combines a dynamic calendar of temporary exhibitions with the permanent exhibition of the institution’s collection. Film, literature and design events are also offered at the museum, along with an educational program directed to various audiences. Since its foundation, the museum has held over 120 exhibitions of Argentine, Latin American and International art, and has received more than 3,200,000 visitors. Today it is considered a central component of Argentina and Latin America’s contemporary art scene, as well as one of the city’s cultural icons.