From time to time, art is said to be sentenced to death. Yet, the amount of works and projects that keep emerging from the contemporary art scene have proven such apocalyptic claimings wrong. It is thus reminding that art can survive even through the toughest times that Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Montevideo (MNAV) has organized “Prólogo contemporáneo para una colección moderna BIENALSUR (selección de colecciones privadas y de artistas)”.
In the group show, which opens next Wednesday, August 23rd, contemporary artists such as Mariano Molina, Joaquín Aras and PIPA Prize 2011 nominee Lia Chaia review (be it through citation, reappropriation or allegory) aspects that impregnate all of history of art. The exhibition is part of the Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de América del Sur (BIENALSUR), ongoing since the end of 2016.
Chaia, for example, revisits modern art and its abstract-geometrical pursuits in the exhibition. Mariano Molina reflects about painting and the possibilities of a realism in an ephemeral mural. Joaquín Aras investigates, in the form of a 50s-styled movie, the end of times, in which art (or more especifically an artwork) is the object of a dispute. This refined choice of pieces hopes to present a new interpretation over the different traditions that form the basis of the modern art produced in the region, represented in each of the works from the MNAV collection. See some of the works on view below:
“Prólogo contemporáneo para una colección moderna BIENALSUR”
Curated by Diana Wechsler
On view from August 23rd through November 5th, 2017
Opening: Wednesday, August 23rd, at 6:30 p.m.
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Montevideo (MNAV)
Av. Tomas Giribaldi, 2283 – Parque Rodó
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