The concrete invention


Coloritmo 12, Alejandro Otero, 1956; 50 x 182.3 cm, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
Looking at the development of geometric abstraction in Latin America, the exhibition encompasses the period spanning the 1930s through the 1970s. Although this type of abstract art was developed initially in Europe and Russia, some South American artists in the modern cities of Montevideo, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Río de Janeiro and Caracas, also adopted it, considering it to be the language of a cosmopolitan and progressive future. Geometric abstraction thus became a vehicle of expression for an emerging continent that in the mid 20th century was busy exploring new political and cultural ideas. The narrative of the show is structured around the concept of artistic intention.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain