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Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from Malba - Fundación Costantini April 22–August 5, 2012

Berni La sordidez

Antonio Berni, La sordidez (Sordidness), c. 1964, polymateric construction composed of wood, cardboard, plastic, roots, nails, enamel, and metals including steel, iron, and aluminum bottle caps, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Foundation. © José Antonio Berni

The MFAH hosts an exclusive loan exhibition of masterworks from one of the most important arts and cultural institutions in Latin America: Malba - Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Paintings by some of the region’s best-known artists—including Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, and Diego Rivera—travel to Houston for the first time, along with the work of landmark artists new to U.S. audiences.

Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from Malba - Fundación Costantini is part of an ongoing exchange between the MFAH and Malba - Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires). Founded by collector Eduardo F. Costantini in 2001, Malba is the only museum in South America dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Latin American art from 1900 to the present.

This eye-opening exhibition brings to North America works by many key avant-garde Latin American artists who pioneered modern art in their own countries or participated in the principle European movements. Visitors are invited to discover and explore masterworks by Argentina's Antonio Berni and Xul Solar; Brazilian artists Tarsila do Amaral and Cândido Portinari; Chile's Roberto Matta; Mexico's Miguel Covarrubias; and Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, among others. An illustrated catalogue offering insights into the broad range of modern and contemporary art created in Latin America accompanies the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Malba - Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires.

Major funding is provided by:

Additional generous support is provided by:
Gail and Louis Adler


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