Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Latin American art makes its mark at the MoMA

Jonathan Blum

Latin America is evermore recognized throughout the world from its diverse cultural expressions. It is well known that we have been the talk of the world over the past few years, and this is evidenced today in the Latin American modern art scene, a cultural expression that reflects the sophistication and variety of our region.

Taking on the leadership and spokesmanship in the region, the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (CPPC) will donate 150 works of art to New York’s Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA). This event represents the most important milestone in the history of Latin American art, preserving an artistic legacy for the next generations with the collaboration of a widely renowned and important cultural venue.

However, how much do we know about the MoMA? The collection’s new home was the first museum dedicated to the modern and contemporary era, opening its doors in 1929. The museum has a potential audience of three million visitors per year, in addition to the 12.1 million users that enter through the museum’s digital channels.

Its legacy goes beyond art collections, breaking traditional schemes and surpassing all types of socio-cultural barriers by admitting disciplines disallowed in other galleries and museums. The acquisition of video games source code, by considering them art, is a clear examples of its diversity; Pac-Man and Tetris are examples of this. Its mission is to preserve and commemorate all that humanity considers art, regardless of the discipline.

It houses important masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, and Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, as well as pieces from artists like Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol,  Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, among many others. The museum also holds collections in the field of Sculpture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Architecture and Design, Drawings and Engravings, Movie Theater, Audiovisual Media and Performance Art.

The best modern art museum in the world and sanctuary for many, invites us to become a part of history and visit the pieces donated by the CPPC within the framework of an historical exhibition for the inauguration of the MoMA’s new building, in 2020.

What are you waiting for? Latin American art is waiting for you at the MoMA!