The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros donates over 200 works of contemporary art

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros donates over 200 works of contemporary art

Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC)

Details of: Eduardo Navarro, Poema Volcánico (2014), Amalia Pica, Venn Diagrams (Under the Spotlight) (2011), Mateo López, Composición modular No. 1 (2011), Dulce Gómez, Muelle (1992), Osías Yanov, ///////)))_Io))) (2014), and Adrían Balseca, Medio camino (2014).

January 11, 2018
The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros donates over 200 works of contemporary art
The global initiative includes six museums in Latin America, the US, and Europe
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Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros, through the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), will donate more than 200 artworks from its collection of Latin American contemporary art to six museums in Latin America, the United States, and Europe, as part of a long-term global initiative of the Cisneros Phelps family to advance scholarship and promote a greater appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America. The museums, who have worked collaboratively with the CPPC on this gift, are: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

“We have made the integration of culture from Latin America into the wider narrative of art history the goal of the CPPC from its inception, to communicate our pride in our shared cultural heritage and raise awareness about the crucial contributions of Latin American culture to the history of art. This donation of contemporary artworks continues to further this overall goal,” said Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Founder of the CPPC.

The museums were selected for their established interest in studying and featuring contemporary art from Latin America; the regional influence of their collections, exhibitions, and programs; and for serving as important references for an international artistic community.

Adding to MoMA’s significant holdings of Latin American art are works by Regina José Galindo, Héctor Fuenmayor, and Amalia Pica, among others. These join the nearly 150 works of modern art from Latin America previously donated by the CPPC.

The Reina Sofía is acquiring works by Jac Leirner, Feliciano Centurión, and Osias Yanov, among others, building on a 2012 partnership agreement between the CPPC and the Reina Sofía.

The selection of works going to the Moderno in Buenos Aires includes a video by Judi Werthein, an installation piece by Eduardo Navarro, and a monumental drawing by Matías Duville.

The regional emphasis of MALI’s collection will be amplified by the addition of works by Ecuadorian artists Oswaldo Terreros and Adrián Balseca, Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata, and Peruvian artist Elena Damiani, among others.

The Bronx Museum acquires three videos by US-based Nicaraguan-born artist Jessica Lagunas, and paintings by Dulce Gómez and Melanie Smith, among other works.

Entering the Blanton Museum’s collection are  mixed-media works by Brazilian artist Leda Catunda, a sculpture by Colombian artist Mateo López, and a series of photographs and related paintings by Mexican artist Pia Camil, among others.

About the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros 

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) was founded in the 1970s by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros and is one of the core cultural and educational initiatives of the Fundación Cisneros.  Adriana Cisneros de Griffin is the current President of the Fundación Cisneros, and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro is Director and Chief Curator of the CPPC. Based in New York City and Caracas, the CPPC’s mission is to promote scholarship and enhance appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America. The CPPC achieves these goals through the preservation, presentation, and study of the material culture of the Ibero-American world—ranging from the ethnographic to the contemporary. The CPPC´s activities include exhibitions, public programs, publications, grants for scholarly research and artistic production. The CPPC’s website ( offers a platform for debate concerning the contributions of Latin America to the world of art and culture. Its inspiration and launching point is the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, but its ambition is discovery, and its mission is to weave a multi-lingual, virtual network for people and ideas.

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