The exhibition Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia celebrates the wealth of color and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America, bringing together 250 artworks made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to present. Including modernist abstract art, sculpture and architecture as well as ceramics, weaving, and body painting, the exhibition explores the wide range of approaches to geometric abstraction in Latin America, whether influenced by Pre-Columbian art, the European avant-garde or Amerindian cultures. Southern Geometries weaves visual relationships among diverse cultures and regions across time, inviting visitors to discover the vibrant patterns and designs of Latin American art.
Curated by Andrés Gutiérrez Usillos, this exhibition focuses on an anonymous portrait of c. 1670. The work represents Doña María Luisa de Toledo, daughter of the Marquis of Mancera, Viceroy of New Spain, accompanied by a tattooed Indigenous woman. The show explores the world of the women portrayed in the painting, for example by reconstructing Doña María Luisa de Toledo’s trousseau, composed mainly of American and Asian items acquired in Mexico. The presentation thus analyses the clashes and encounters among the different worlds which coexisted in Viceregal America from a rare female perspective.
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Roma en México/México en Roma is divided in eight sections: La fábrica del prestigio discusses Rome’s legitimising power; Obras de viaje is dedicated to the import of exemplary paintings and sculptures from Rome to Mexico; Dramatis personae presents the portrait as the most sought-after genre in the period; Virtud de los clásicos focuses on the importance of Greek and Latin literature in inspiring iconographies; La riqueza del pueblo is a display of works after the live model; La escuela del paisaje includes landscapes by the Hungarian painter Károly Markó El Viejo, among others; La internacional del arte sacro contains religious paintings by students of the Academia de San Carlos; El espectáculo de la historia concludes the exhibition with major historical works.
The show foregrounds works by Mexican artists, from the lesser-known Tomás Pérez, Primitivo Miranda, Tiburcio Sánchez and Epitacio Calvo, to better-known personalities such as Juan Cordero. Francesco Coghetti, Francesco Podesti and Giovanni Silvagni are examples of Roman painters whose works arrived in Mexico and were used to illustrate the art of painting to students of the Academia.
A major publication by Campisano Editore accompanies the exhibition, acting as both an exhibition catalogue and a scholarly introduction to this under-researched topic.
The collegiate church of Osuna, established in the 16th century by Juan Téllez-Girón, 4th Count of Ureña, contains important artworks commissioned and donated by the Dukes of Osuna. Several members of the family held important position in the government of such Spanish imperial domains as Sicily, Milan and Naples.
Works acquired in the latter city are the focus of a fascinating exhibition in the collegiate church, Nápoles en Osuna: José de Ribera en el legado artístico de los duques de Osuna (1618-2018). Curated by Pedro Jaime Moreno de Soto, the exhibition is open until 28 April 2018. Stars of the exhibition are five paintings by the Spanish-Neapolitan artist Jusepe de Ribera. They were commissioned by Pedro Téllez Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna, and donated to the church by his widow Catalina Enríquez de Ribera. Among the works on show is a breathtaking Crucifixionwhich decorated the collegiate church’s high altar for almost a century.
The exhibition Picasso, Braque, Gris, Blanchard, Miró y Dalí. Grandes Figuras de la Vanguardia will showcase eight works from the Colección Masaveu and the Colección Pedro Masaveu. All these works were collected by the Masaveu family, a Catalan dynasty of entrepreneurs and philanthropists who settled in Asturias in 1840. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson and the Corporación Masaveu. It has been curated by Alfonso Palacio, the director of the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias. A 17-page leaflet guide to the exhibition can be downloaded by clicking here.
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The exhibition Pedro Masaveu: Pasión por Sorolla, at the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson of the Centro Niemeyer, Avilés (28 July 2018–6 January 2019), commemorates the 25th anniversary of the death of Pedro Masaveu Peterson (1938–1993). This patron of the arts demonstrated a particular passion for the painter Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923), one of the most innovative and prolific figures of modern Spanish art. Complemented by works from the Masaveu Collection at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Pedro Masaveu’s outstanding collection of works by Sorolla will be on display for the first time in this exhibition.
Open until 27 January 2019, this exhibition explores the career of Bartolomé Bermejo, one of the most fascinating figures within Spanish art of the second half of the 15th century. Bringing together a remarkable group of paintings from Spanish, European and American museums, the Prado is able to present this survey exhibition, which has been organized with the collaboration of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and, for the first time, allows for an appreciation of the technical virtuosity and distinctive visual universe of this Cordovan painter active in the Kingdom of Aragon.