On Monday, October 17 the Museum of Modern Art announced that it has received a major gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which will add more than 100 works of modern art by major artists from Latin America to the Museum's Collection, and establish the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. The Cisneros Institute will be dedicated to an expansive approach to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
The gift includes 102 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, made between the 1940s and the 1990s by 37 artists who worked in Brazil, Venezuela and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero and Tomás Maldonado. The works done by these brilliant artists join another 40 works previously given by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros over the last 16 years. Patricia is a longtime MoMA Trustee and a member of several acquisitions and funding committees, including the Latin American and Caribbean Fund, of which she is chairman and founder.
The Cisneros Institute will be located at MoMA's Midtown Manhattan location, will offer opportunities for curatorial research and travel, hosting visiting exhibitors and scholars, convene and annual international conference and produce research publications on art from Latin America. It is on track to become the preeminent research center in the field. MoMA has been collecting, exhibiting and researching art from the region since the 1930s. To date, MoMA's collection includes over 5000 works by Latin American artists.
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