The Museum of Modern Art received a major gift of Latin American modern art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, adding over 100 works by major artists from Latin America to the museum’s collection. The gift also establishes the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America at the museum. The new Institute will embark on the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary Latin American art taking an expansive approach and broadening the museum's connection with art from Latin America, according to the announcement by MoMA.

The gift includes 102 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made between the 1940s and the 1990s by 37 artists working in Brazil, Venezuela, and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay. Artists include Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero and Tomás Maldonado. The newly donated art joins 40 works previously given by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros over the last 16 years, according to the New York City art museum.

Patricia Cisneros 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, to be located at MoMA’s Midtown Manhattan campus, will offer opportunities for curatorial research and travel, host visiting scholars and artists, convene an annual international conference, and produce research publications on art from Latin America. It is poised to become the preeminent research center in the field, building on MoMA’s history of collecting, exhibiting, and studying the art and artists of the region, dating back to 1931.

MoMA’s collection includes more than 5,000 works by artists from Latin America.

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"Painting 9" by Hélio Oiticica, (Brazilian, 1937–1980), 1959. Oil on canvas, 45 5/8 × 35 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

"Painting 9" by Hélio Oiticica, (Brazilian, 1937–1980), 1959. Oil on canvas, 45 5/8 × 35 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

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The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift

The collective group of 142 works covers three major geographic and temporal constellations of artists working on the legacy of constructive, non-objective abstraction during the middle and second half of the 20th century. Of the 37 artists represented in the most recent donation, 21 artist join MoMA’s collection for the first time. The gift allows the museum to fill major gaps in its collection and deepen the understanding of art produced in the region during this period, allowing MoMA to represent a more comprehensive narrative of artistic role and practices Latin America played in the establishment of modern art.

MoMA plans to present a major exhibition of modern works drawn from the Cisneros gift within the next few years with a scholarly catalogue to accompany the show, according to the museum.

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"Visible Idea" by Waldemar Cordeiro, (Brazilian, 1925–1973), 1956. Acrylic on wood, 23 9/16 × 23 5/8 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

"Visible Idea" by Waldemar Cordeiro, (Brazilian, 1925–1973), 1956. Acrylic on wood, 23 9/16 × 23 5/8 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

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The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America

The goals of the Cisneros Institute are to conduct research on the visual arts, film, media, performance, architecture, and design of the region and place the works in their local and global contexts. The Institute also plans to enhance MoMA’s collection of art from the region by facilitating future acquisitions and programs. Also in the works will be educational initiatives, a fellowship program and embarking on long-term strategic partnerships with modern and contemporary art institutions, located globally, that are interested in art from Latin Americas.

The Cisneros Institute also plans to continue research conducted by the Latin American component of C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age), which MoMA initiated in 2009. They also plan to facilitate initiatives of MoMA's Latin American and Caribbean Fund by supplying research of works of art.

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"Relief N° 30" by Raúl Lozza, (Argentine, 1911–2008), 1946. Casein on wood and painted metal, 16 1/2 × 21 1/8 × 1 1/16 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

"Relief N° 30" by Raúl Lozza, (Argentine, 1911–2008), 1946. Casein on wood and painted metal, 16 1/2 × 21 1/8 × 1 1/16 inches. Courtesy of MoMA.

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To see art included in the donation by Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisnerosclick here. To discover more about Patricia Cisneros, click here.

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