December 21, 2004 - MALBA - Contemporary Art Acquisition Program
December 21, 2004

Contemporary Art Acquisition Program

Contemporary Art Acquisition Program

Malba – Coleccion Costantini
3415 Figueroa Alcorta Avenue
C1425CLA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
t: 5411 4808 6500 f: 5411 4808 6599
hours: Thu-Mon 12.00 – 8.00pm / Wed 12.00 – 9pm

Fabian Burgos (Buenos Aires, 1962), Lineas paralelas, 2003, oil on canvas, 73 x 150 cm Donacion Asociacion Amigos de Malba gracias al aporte de Juan y Tiny Cambiaso, Buenos Aires, 2004   

Malba announces the launching of its Contemporary Art Acquisition Program

As part of its year-end wrap-up, Malba – Coleccion Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, is now showing a selection of 150 art-works from the permanent collection, which includes 25 works that were acquired as part of the Contemporary Art Acquisition Program launched in November 2004.

Comprised of nearly 300 art works by key artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, Malba’s permanent collection proposes a journey through the history of 20th Century Latin American art, in three paradigmatic moments: modernisms and regionalisms, concrete and constructive art, and contemporary art. The collection begins with works representative of the early modernity of the Rio de la Plata region, with artists such as Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Emilio Pettoruti, and Xul Solar. It continues with key Latin American figures such as Tarsila do Amaral, Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam, Alejandro Otero, Fernando Botero, and Roberto Matta; surrealist and social realist paintings of the 1930s, with works by Antonio Berni, Candido Portinari, and Juan Batlle Planas; and concrete and Madi works of the 1940s. The 1950s and 1960s are represented by neo-concrete and kinetic works by Julio Le Parc, Helio Oiticica, and Lygia Clark, between others. The contemporary art section encompasses names such as Jorge de la Vega, Antonio Dias, Mira Schendel, Gego, Leon Ferrari, Víctor Grippo, Guillermo Kuitca, and Liliana Porter, as well as a recently acquired group of emerging Argentine artists.
“Today, three years after Malba’s opening, we are proud to announce the launching of our new acquisition program focused on contemporary art, which aims at supporting and stimulating production by young Argentine artists, and will expand to include artists from all over Latin America. With this program, Malba sets out to build a wide-ranging collection of contemporary Latin American art.

The selected group of works encompasses a wide range of aesthetic concerns and shows different supports and techniques (painting, drawing, photography, video, installations, objects). The works have been produced by young emerging artists as well as emblematic artists of the so-called Argentine “art of the 90s”. We would particularly like to point out the set of four photographs we have acquired -by Eduardo Arauz, Alberto Goldenstein, Adriana Miranda and Esteban Pastorino- which constitutes the beginning of an incipient photography collection.” -states Eduardo F. Costantini (Jr.), Executive Director of Malba – Coleccion Costantini

Selected by Chief Curator Marcelo Pacheco and Curator Ines Katzenstein, the artists included are Eduardo Arauz, Sergio Avello, Leonardo Battistelli, Diego Bianchi, Fabian Burgos, Feliciano Centurion, Beto De Volder, Alberto Goldenstein, Sebastian Gordin, Magdalena Jitrik, Daniel Joglar, Ruy Krygier, Jorge Macchi, Adriana Miranda, Guillermo Ueno, Esteban Pastorino and Cristina Piffer.
The Contemporary Art Acquisition Program has been made possible thanks to the support of Fundación Eduardo F. Costantini, the Asociacion de Amigos de Malba and a group of individuals who generously contributed.

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