Cover Image: Sameer Makarius, Playa de Vicente López (detail), c. 1965-1970. Courtesy of the artist and Karim Makarius. Photo by Vieri Tomaselli.


The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection

About the EFC Collection


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting art in the early 1970s with a primary interest in works from Latin America. Over the ensuing years, as the Collection has grown and developed, its scope has broadened. What started as the acquisition of artworks for personal enjoyment has matured into an ambitious life-project.


There are, in a sense, several collections within the Collection. Of particular note are four main areas of interest that have been systematically increasing in recent years:



Geometric Abstraction from Latin America

Contemporary International and Latin American Art

Contemporary Video

Modern and Contemporary Photography



The following are institutions where works from the Collection have either previously been or still are on loan: 


Centre Pompidou-Metz, France Pinacoteca, São Paulo Fundación March, Madrid Tate Modern, London
Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany Pérez Art Museum Miami Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid Museo del Barrio, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The Stenersen Museum, Oslo Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas
MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles MAXXI-The National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Boston
Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami El Museo de Arte de Banco de la Republica, Colombia Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami Museo de Bellas Artes de Santiago, Chile
Museum of Arts and Design, New York 
Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, New York The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami





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