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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. LATIN AMERICA NARRATIVES IN THE CIFO COLLECTION.

APRIL 27 – JULY 27, 2019

 

Exhibition to feature works by 18 Latin American artists, winners of previous editions of

the CIFO Grants and Commissions Program, to take place at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru.

 

 

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Suwon Lee. The Clash (El Choque), 2008. Installation. Photographs and neon lights. Photo: Courtesy CIFO.

 

Monumental Callao, Peru (April 9, 2019) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection, an exhibition featuring works by 18 Latin-American artists, winners of previous editions of the CIFO Grants and Commissions Program. The exhibition – curated by CIFO - will coincide with ART.MO, Contemporary Art Festival presented by Fugaz | Arte de Convivir and will be on view from April 27 through July 27, 2019, at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru.

 

Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection will feature works by artists from different countries of Latin America. The list includes names such as Julieta Aranda (Mexico), Iván Argote (Colombia), Fredman Barahona (Nicaragua), Carlos Castro (Colombia), Silvia Gruner (Mexico), Suwon Lee (Venezuela), Felipe Meres (Brazil), Maria Evelia Marmolejo (Colombia), Marta Maria Pérez Bravo (Cuba/Mexico), Horacio Zabala (Argentina), among others.

 

"We want to invite the public to see a small sample of our many years of work on our mission to promote Latin American art," said CIFO founder and art collector Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. "With this exhibition, CIFO offers a representation of the essence of Latin America, its culture and its stories." she added.

 

“Thanks to the CIFO Foundation this event (International Festival of Contemporary Art "ART.MO 2019") will bring together one of the most important collections of Latin American art with a wide diversity of languages and formats” said Sonia Cunliffe, Director of de Fugaz | Arte de Convivir.

 

 

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About Fugaz | Arte de Convivir

 

Fugaz | Arte de Convivir is a sociocultural initiative that creates community and recovers public spaces through art, innovation and social management in Monumental Callao, a historic and heritage zone of the first port of Peru that was taken by violence for years. Fugaz offers a place of coexistence between its creativity and environment where there are no distinctions for skin color, religion, socio-economic level, sexual orientation or any other consideration. A place where the community is the source of inspiration to create and to live again with hope, helping each other and learning from those interactions.

 

For more information please visit www.fugaz.pe.

 

About The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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Under Construction. Latin America Narratives in the CIFO Collection will be on view from April 27 through July 27, 2019 at Casa Fugaz in Monumental Callao, Peru. For more information please visit https://www.fugaz.pe.

 

 

 








 

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THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

SINCRÓNICAS. HORIZONS OF PERUVIAN CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE COLLECTING PERSPECTIVE

AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY PERUVIAN ART COINCIDING WITH ARCOmadrid

FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 22, 2019

 


Exhibition to feature works by Peruvian artists from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and

important private Peruvian art collections, to take place at Madrid’s El Instante Fundación.

 

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Rita Ponce de León. Untitled (detail). 2014. 25.5x25.5 cm. Ink and colored pencils. Photo: Courtesy The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and the artist.

 

 

 

 

Madrid, Spain (January 15th, 2019) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective, an exhibition of contemporary Peruvian art drawn from the collections of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and the Peruvian art collectors Armando Andrade de Lucio, Carlos Marsano, Alberto and Ginette Rebaza and Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni from February 22 – March 22, 2019, at El Instante Fundación. The exhibition will coincide with ARCOmadrid, and it is a response to the selection of Peru as the “guest nation” for ARCOmadrid 2019. The exhibit is a CIFO Europe initiative and will be organized by Peruvian curator Max Hernández Calvo.

 

SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective will feature works by contemporary Peruvian artists including Armando Andrade Tudela, Christian Bendayán, Alberto Borea, Fernando Bryce, Alberto Casari, Elena Damiani, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Sandra Gamarra, José Carlos Martinat, Wynnie Mynerva, Rita Ponce de León, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Sandra Salazar, Giancarlo Scaglia, and Elena Tejada-Herrera, among others.

 

“From the collecting perspective, this exhibition depicts several key themes in contemporary Peruvian art, whose prefiguration took place in Peru in the late 20th century: the disputed territories; the daily tales and its diverse struggles; the body as testimony and as a defense of difference, and a reflexive abstraction that focuses in processes and materials,” said curator Max Hernández Calvo.

 

“It is an honor for CIFO and The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection to participate in this very important collaboration between Latin-American collectors,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros. “This is just the beginning of a project that includes a donation of part of my collection and the development of a Latin-American museum in Madrid where there will be a space for artists and collectors of each country from Latin America.”

 

 

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About El Instante Fundación

 

El Instante Fundación was founded in Madrid in 2017 with a mission to carry out a reflection on the present time in our lives through different practices, such as science and art. With the aim of collaborating with other foundations and institutions to develop various projects, El Instante Fundación presents exhibitions of visual arts while hosting talks on cultural and scientific issues, screenings, theater, musical sessions and a residency program for artists in various disciplines.

 

About The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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SinCrónicas. Horizons of Peruvian Contemporary Art from the Collecting Perspective will be on view from February 25th through March 22nd at El Instante Fundación. For more information please visit https://www.elinstantefundacion.org/. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE

2019 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM AWARD

 

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO TO HOST 2019 GRANTS & COMMISSIONS EXHIBITION

 

Acclaimed Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña receives Achievement Award

 

 

  

Photo: Left to right first row: Emerging Artist - Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela); Emerging Artist - María José Machado (Ecuador); Emerging Artist- Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba).

Left to right second row: Mid-Career Artists -Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia); Achievement Artist - Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artist Yucef Merhi (Venezuela) 

Left to right third row: Mid-Career Artist Nicolás Paris (Colombia); Mid-Career Artist Anna Linnemann (Brazil); Emerging Artist Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru).

 

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (December 6, 2018) — The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award. The accompanying exhibition of new works by the awarded artists will be held at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, in the fall of 2019. The 2019 Grants & Commissions Program Award recognizes nine (9) Latin American artists representing seven (7) countries, across three (3) categories: The Achievement Award recipient, Cecilia Vicuña (Chile); Mid-Career Artists—Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia), Ana Linnemann (Brazil), Yucef Mehri (Venezuela) and Nicolas Paris (Colombia); and Emerging Artists— Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba), Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru), María José Machado (Ecuador), and Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela).

 

The annual Grants & Commissions Program, now in its 17th iteration and CIFO’s signature initiative, is an embodiment of the foundation’s mission to foster, support, and exhibit innovative work by Latin American artists. Nominated by an esteemed group of curators, the awarded artists exemplify the breadth and depth of contemporary art production throughout Latin America, engaging with diverse contemporary themes across media including video, performance, multimedia installation, sculpture, and found material, among others.

 

Since 2018, the accompanying Grants & Commissions exhibitions have been presented at international partnering institutions. The fall 2019 Grants & Commissions exhibition at El Museo del Barrio will mark the program’s debut exhibition in New York City. Further details on the upcoming exhibition will be announced at a later date.

 

“For El Museo del Barrio, generating strategic alliances with new cultural platforms is essential,” said Patrick Charpenel, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio. “This is the reason why we are now embarking on a collaborative project with CIFO, always intending to recognize the outstanding work by emerging artists from the Latino and Latin American communities. Today more than ever we have the responsibility to promote vigorously the complex perspective of our artists.”

 

“CIFO is thrilled to be partnering with El Museo del Barrio for the next edition of the Grants & Commissions program,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, CIFO’s Founder and Honorary President. “This upcoming exhibition will be a major event, and we are looking forward to seeing the work of these emerging, mid-career and established artists come to life in New York City.”

 

The 2019 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Award recipients are as follows:

 

Grants & Commissions: Achievement Award


Cecilia Vicuña (Chile) has embraced the concept of the quipu, a tactile and spatial metaphor for the interconnection of the body and the cosmos. “[The awarded project] is the culmination of my life’s work. It is a monumental collective art action from the heart center of indigenous poetics, calling attention to the destruction of the glaciers”.

Nominated by: Liz Munsell (USA).

 

Grants & Commissions: Mid-Career Artists


Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia) presents a video-installation in which she unravels the weft of the projection screen leaving the warp as a stratigraphic metaphor of the ghostly connotation of both architectural vestiges and natural geology.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela).

 

Ana Linnemann (Brazil) establishes circuits with an ongoing series of works to build up her project, a conducting wooden structure, in which artistic labor-related objects and tools, are brought into life by electrical connections.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela)

 

Yucef Mehri (Venezuela) work addresses social, political, and philosophical issues in the contemporary world. His project presents an immersive installation comprised by official reports, testimonies, and leaked data from the No Fly list, a list created and maintained by the United States federal government's Terrorist Screening Center (TSC).

Nominated by: Rodolfo Kronfle (Ecuador)

 

Nicolás Paris (Colombia) presents a modular and changing installation attached to the architectural space that examines the classroom as an idea and engages the active role of the public.

Nominated by: Oscar Muñoz (Colombia).

 

Grants & Commissions: Emerging Artists


Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba) presents a performance that explores the footprint of the African diaspora in the Caribbean through her own family history.

Nominated by: René Francisco Rodríguez (Cuba)

 

Claudia Martínez Garay (Peru) creates a graphic installation, a mix of diverse images evoking oppression and insurrection, dictatorship and rebellion, in Latin American history.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela) and Gustavo Buntinx (Peru).

 

María José Machado (Ecuador) puts her fingers on the sore spots of society by approaching life in prison populations through a relational type of work, workshops and photographic documentation around the embodiment of freedom allegories.

Nominated by: Jesús Fuenmayor (Venezuela)

 

Oscar Abraham Pabón (Venezuela) presents an interactive intervention of a grand piano using recycled materials to create a precarious sounding board similar to an informal house.

Nominated by: Raquel Schwartz (Bolivia) and Kaira Cabañas (U.S.A).

 

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About El Museo del Barrio


El Museo del Barrio, founded by a coalition of Puerto Rican educators, artists, and activists, is the nation’s leading Latino and Latin American cultural institution. The Museum welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of these communities through its extensive Permanent Collection, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals, and special events. The Museum is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street in New York City, and open Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is suggested. For more information, please visit www.elmuseo.org.

 

About CIFO


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

For more information about CIFO exhibitions, and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Liz Munsell

Liz Munsell

Liz Munsell is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, where she has served in curatorial positions since 2009. Between 2012-2017 she held a visiting curator post at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2006, Munsell holds a BA in International Letters and Visual Studies from Tufts University, minor in Latin American Studies, and a Masters in Cultural Studies from the Universidad de Chile. Some of her latest exhibitions include Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu at Brooklyn Museum and MFA, Boston (2018-2019); Annette Lemeiux: Mise en Scène (2017-2018) and Pablo Helguera’s Club Americano at MFA, Boston (2017). Her writings have been published in numerous print and online publications.

 

Monday, 26 November 2018 20:03

Jesus Fuenmayor

Jesús Fuenmayor

Jesús Fuenmayor is an academic curator with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of modern and contemporary art exhibitions. From 2005–2011, he served as Director of the contemporary art space Periférico Caracas in Venezuela, and from 2012–2015, he was Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). Some of his exhibitions include Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict (2015), which focused on abstract art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. In 2015, he also curated the retrospective Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports 1970-1980 at the Pérez Art Museum, Miami in addition to Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York. At CIFO he also organized Permission to Be Global: Prácticas Globales (2014) with curators Jen Mergel and Liz Munsell from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He is currently the general curator of the 14th Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2018).

 








 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

STRATEGIC IMMERSIONS: FIRST STOP

THE EXHIBITION OF THE 2018 CIFO GRANTS & COMMISSIONS PROGRAM

 

October 6 - November 28, 2018

Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO), Quito, Ecuador

 

Photo: Courtesy Centro Cultural Metropolitano, MetQUITO.

 

 

 

 

Quito, Ecuador (September 18, 2018) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to present Strategic Immersions: First Stop, the exhibition for the 2018 CIFO Grants & Commissions program. Strategic Immersions: First Stop, featuring new works by the nine recipients of the 2018 Grants & Commissions awards, will be on view at the Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO) in Quito, Ecuador, from October 6 – November 28, 2018. This marks the first year that the CIFO Grants & Commissions exhibition will be presented as an international traveling exhibition. Strategic Immersions: First Stop is a CIFO exhibition organized by Centro Cultural Metropolitano (MetQUITO).

 

Strategic Immersions: First Stop features new works by artists representing seven countries across Latin America, and divided into three categories: the Achievement Award recipient, Argentinean artist Horacio Zabala; Mid-Career Artists—Magdalena Atria (Chile) and Lázaro Saavedra (Cuba); and Emerging Artists—Fredman Barahona (Nicaragua), Gala Berger (Argentina), Víctor del Moral (Mexico), Rubén D´Hers (Venezuela), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), and Daniela Serna Gallego (Colombia).

 

“For this, the 16th edition of the Grants & Commissions Program, CIFO is proud to support such a strong and diverse array of voices in contemporary Latin American art,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of CIFO. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Centro Cultural Metropolitano de Quito to present Strategic Immersions: First Stop, and are looking forward to engaging deeply with the art community of Quito and beyond.”

 

“On this first stop, the works come together as strategic immersions that reveal other ways to delve into topics that echo collective anxieties, revealing correspondences in the space we inhabit and allowing for an awareness of this space,” said exhibition organizer Pily Estrada Lecaro. “They plunge into the world so that we can shed its certainty and remain on alert.”

 

Horacio Zabala (Argentina) is the winner of the 2018 Achievement Award. Zabala’s work draws on the lineage of conceptualism, one of the essential elements of the Latin American art scene. For Zabala, conceiving art as a system of signs by rehearsing works as ideas, questions, and answers, has been a discursive strategy for almost fifty years. With Hipótesis para 25 Signos y 17 Monocromos (Hypothesis for 25 Signs and 17 Monochromes), Zabala gives continuity to his combinations of monochromes and mathematical signs in the manner of linking two systems belonging to different categories. In his own words: “Relating differences does not mean reducing the complexity, it rather means uncovering secret encounters. Intuiting minimal possible relationships is to perceive much more than what is actually seen. Less is not more, but much more”.

 

Mid-career winners Lázaro Saavedra (Cuba) and Magdalena Atria (Chile) have throughout their careers achieved an aesthetic symbiosis between global and local, tradition and rupture. In Mártires (Martyrs), Saavedra shows a conceptual vocation of popular lineage in Cuban art using quotation and parody as artistic languages. The historical irony is revealed with the crisis of the old paradigms of the revolutionary hero, whose ideals are sacrificed today in the Caribbean island for economic survival.

 

From a very personal perspective, Magdalena Atria uses wall painting with plasticine to deliver a renewed vision of abstraction, another language widely developed in modern Latin American history. In Cogollo de Toronjil (Lemon Balm Shoot) the Chilean artist interweaves the geometric and the organic, interested in redefining abstraction “through a close and direct connection with the world, given by the material and the manufacturing process.”

 

The Emerging Award winners’ works represent the variety of artistic discourses by young artists in Latin America. The Germany-based Venezuelan artist Rubén D’hers proposes Faint Music, a sound installation exploring the duality of music and noises produced by appliances and gadgets from the home environment. Victor del Moral (Mexico) merges performance and installation in paLíndro, a live installation about the concept of text and its graphic, sculptural, choreographic and sonorous dimensions. Del Moral builds a visual palindrome that plays with reflections and duplication of geometries and letters. He is devoted to “destabilizing (risking) all conventional logics of writing, disrupting the order of objects or putting a speech at risk.”

 

In a different way, the Colombian artist Daniela Serna is attracted to the behaviors of the reading processes in contemporary society. Perífrasis (Periphrase) is a machine created by the artist to explain how the immediacy of information and the constant flow of content provoke the self-annihilation of the linguistic system.

 

Other artists present the social role of art through their activism and criticism. Machete Dress, by Nicaraguan Fredman Barahona, functions as a reminder that queer experiences have always challenged the construction of a revolutionary liberation process of his country to its core. A performance art piece that takes the form of a dress constructed of machetes, the piece co-opts a symbol of Nicaraguan working class liberation to highlight the erasure of LGBTIQ identities from Latin American revolutionary narratives.

 

Alianzas de la Resistencia (Resistance Alliances), an installation by Gala Berger (Argentina), is set up as a human-scale interactive board game meant to rewrite history. “Narrating a history that has been omitted by sexist and patriarchal culture means invoking the strength and power of representation, by playing a game to overthrow the normalized forms of violence against women and normative models of gender and sexuality.

 

Espejismos (Mirages), by Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia) is a multichannel video-installation that critically explores the multiple functions of coca in the Colombian Amazon. This work, halfway between cinema and video art, reveals the creative strategy of its author: “on the one hand, ethnography becomes fiction and, on the other hand, fiction is enriched by anthropology.

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About the CIFO Grants & Commissions Program

 

The CIFO Grants & Commissions Program offers emerging, mid-career and established contemporary Latin American artists the opportunity to develop and present new work to international audiences. To date CIFO has awarded more than 120 artists and dedicated over $1.5 million in funds through the program. Each year, artists are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee, which is comprised of leading art professionals, curators and artists from Latin America, the United States and Europe. After a rigorous review process, the winners are chosen by the Selection Committee and ratified by the CIFO Board of Directors. The program has been known to springboard its recipients to the next level of their careers.

 

About CIFO

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally. 

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org, and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram and  Twitter.

 

About Centro Cultural Metropolitano – (MetQUITO)

 

The Metropolitan Cultural Center of Quito, MetQUITO (Centro Cultural Metropolitano, MetQUITO), is a cultural institution of the capital city of Ecuador, founded in 2000. MetQUITO includes spaces such as the Alberto Mena Caamaño Historical Museum, the Municipal Public Library Federico González Suárez, and five gallery halls dedicated to hosting national and international temporary exhibitions of art, social sciences, and history. It also holds an important collection of local cultural heritage, including art and objects from antiquity to the present day.

 

MetQUITO is housed in a historic building built in the 17th century by the Jesuit priests (Colegio Máximo Jesuíta), which later housed a military center (Cuartel General de Lima), and the first public university in the country (Universidad Central del Ecuador). Located in Quito’s historic downtown area, MetQUITO is one of the most frequented cultural centers in the city, welcoming about 700,000 visitors per year.

 

 

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THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) PRESENTS

PLURAL DOMAINS: SELECTED WORKS 

FROM THE CIFO COLLECTION 

AS PART OF THE 2018 CUENCA BIENAL

 


November 23, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Cuenca Biennial

Museo de la Ciudad (Antigua Escuela Central)

Benigno Malo y Gran Colombia, Cuenca Ecuador

 

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Jorge Pedro Nuñez. Nature Morte with Monuments, 2010. Installation consisting of sculptures made from vinyl records. Courtesy CIFO.

 

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (July 3, 2018) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to present Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Collection as part of the XIV Cuenca Biennial, in Cuenca, Ecuador. The exhibition, curated by Jesús Fuenmayor, will display 23 works by artists from 10 Latin American countries. These artists include Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico), Miguel Amat (Venezuela), Jorge Méndez Blake (Mexico), Miguel Calderon (Mexico), Antonio Caro (Colombia), Javier Castro (Cuba), Elena Damiani (Peru), Marcius Galan (Brazil), Richard Garet (Uruguay), Runo Lagomarsino (Argentina), David Lamelas (Argentina), Glexis Novoa (Cuba-USA), Jorge Pedro Nuñez (Venezuela), Marco Maggi (Uruguay), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Sandra Nakamura (Peru), Jorge Pedro Nuñez (Venezuela), Daniela Ortiz (Peru, Spain), Amalia Pica (Argentina), Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala), Manuela Ribadeneira (Ecuador), Antonieta Sosa (Venezuela), Antonio Vega (Mexico), and Celia y Yunior (Cuba).

 

What is contemporary Latin American art? Who are its advocates? What is the role of the art collector in this sphere? These are questions that the curator of the exhibition, Jesús Fuenmayor, examined while selecting works for the exhibition Plural Domains. Since its inception in 2002, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation has created one of the most extensive and substantial programs of contemporary Latin American art. Contemporary Latin American art, as reflected in the CIFO Collection, includes artists from all generations, countries of origin, fields, preferences, and experiences. In this exhibition, the three customary CIFO generational distinctions are reflected: established, mid-career, and emerging artists. Also reflected are the predominant geographical origins of the artists: Venezuelans, Uruguayans, Argentineans, Brazilians, Mexicans, Cubans, Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Colombians, and Guatemalans, many of whom have found other horizons beyond their places of origin.

 

From the sixties onward, Latin American artists began to react to new world situations and consider the different possibilities of responding to them. As few of them continued to examine iconographic or narrative language to define Latin America identity, a set of new artists begin to challenge the stereotypes of what it meant and means to be Latin American. In many cases, tracing the “Latin American” identity of a particular work or artist has become such a complex task that it can be almost impossible to distinguish them from artists from other latitudes or with other cultural baggage. By no means does this cause the work to lose interest or a sense of belonging.

 

The curator, Jesús Fuenmayor, notes, “The displacement of the aesthetic to the anthropological, the incorporation of the viewer or the reception of the work in considerations on its production, the critical awareness of the political, social, economic, and cultural conditions of an ever more globalized and at the same time atomized world, the philosophical problems of contemporaneity, the relationship of art to other disciplines, only hint at the topics that interest present-day Latin American artists.”

 

He continues, “Most probably, if we search each one of the works in this exhibition for some trait that will identify them as Latin American, we will be taking on a supremely arduous task. But if we understand that their contribution has been to configure a space of dialogue and reflection, we will be able to find in each of them the dominant imperatives, not only of Latin America, but of our very contemporaneity.”

 

Manuel De Santaren, President of CIFO, adds: “This exhibition asks questions and examines themes which need to be brought to light, and I am thrilled that CIFO has the breadth of work available to be able to create an exhibition of this caliber.”

 

 

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About the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information about the exhibitions and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

THE D'ACHTALL OBSERVATORY HONORS ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS FOR HER CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA. 

 

  
Ella Fontanals Cisneros Achtall 2018

Photo: L-R: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and Blanca Soto, Photo by Andres Garcia Lujan, Courtesy CIFO

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (February 15, 2018) - This Monday, the d´Achtall Observatory, an independent group of observation and reflection that watches culture and new trends in Spanish and Latin American life, honored Ella Fontanals-Cisneros with an award for the Cultural Exchange betwen Spain and Latin America at its latest edition of the d´ACHTAL Observatory Awards of 2018.

 

In February of this year, it was announced that the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), which was founded by Fontanals-Cisneros, its Honorary President, will join to create an exhibition space that will be located in Tabacalera, in Madrid, Spain. Through this agreement, the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection will donate Latin American works of art to the Spanish State, reasserting the commitment of both parties to the promotion and research of Latin American culture and its artistic heritage, as well as the strategic positioning of the Iberian country as a cultural bridge between Europe and Latin America.

 

Other people receiving awards this year include: Araujo & Nadal (Architecture), Carmen Riera (Literature), Ignacio Vidal-Folch (Essay), Jose Luis Garci (Film), Isabel Muñoz (Photography), Martín Chirino (Plastic Arts), Frances Reynolds (Cultural Management) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Special Jury Prize).

 

The prizes in this edition were granted by a group of intellectuals, creators, and figures of the academic world of several continents, evaluating excellence in different cultural areas. The jury consisted of Jorge Eduardo Benavides (Peruvian writer), Esther Bendahan (writer and Cultural Director of Casa Sefarad), Carlos Franz (Chilean writer, member of the Royal Spanish Academy), Mercedes Monmany (literary critic and writer), Guillermo Corral van Damme (diplomat), Álvaro de la Rica (literary critic), Blanca Soto (gallerist and cultural manager), Jean Luc Blouët (French diplomat, member of the Senate), Joanna Karasek (Director of the Polish Institute of Culture), Almudena Solana (writer), and José Antonio de Ory (diplomat).

 

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About Ella Fontanals-Cisneros


The founder of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and businesswoman in the new technologies and other industries, as well as a collector of contemporary art. She started collecting art in the 70’s and her collection has an international profile with iconic figures of modern and contemporary art with a focus on Latin American art. Fontanals-Cisneros has sat and sits on the Board of Directors of a wide spectrum of art and educational institutions, including the Tate Americas Foundation, United Artist, Cintas Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, New Museum, the Fulbright Program, the Princeton University Program for Latin American Studies, among others.

 

About the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros (EFC) Collection


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros started collecting art in the early 70’s, with a main interest in Latin American works. As the collection grew and developed, its scope widened. What started as works acquired for personal enjoyment matured until it became a lifelong project. In a certain sense, there are several collections within the collection. There are four areas of interest that have been growing systematically in the last few years: Latin American abstract geometry, international contemporary art and Latin American art, contemporary video, and contemporary modern photography.

 

About the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) as a non-for-profit in 2002. The mission of the foundation is to support and promote cultural understanding, as well as an educational dialogue between Latin American artists and global audiences. The CIFO is a platform for emerging, mid-career, and established Latin American artists through the Grants and Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, the CIFO Art Space and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

For more information about CIFO exhibitions, and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

THE CISNEROS FONTANALS ART FOUNDATION (CIFO) AND

THE MUSEO MORELENSE DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO JUAN SORIANO

PRESENT
 

GUSTAVO PÉREZ MONZÓN: TRAMAS

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS

 

Curated by Elsa Vega and René Francisco Rodríguez
June 8, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

 

Gustavo Pérez Monzón, Untitled, 1986. Mixed media on board. 23.62 x 36.22 in (60 x 92 cm)

 

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (May 9, 2018) – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is pleased to present Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas, a solo exhibition by the Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón, opening June 8, 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Morelense ‘Juan Soriano’ in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Curated by Elsa Vega and René Francisco Rodríguez, Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas brings together nearly 50 works, created between 1979 and the late 1980s, which depict the artist’s practice during the final decade that he lived and worked in Cuba. The exhibition, organized by CIFO and drawn from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, was previously on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, in conjunction with the 2015 Havana Biennial, and the CIFO Art Space in Miami, FL. Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas will be on view through September 2, 2018.

 

Gustavo Pérez Monzón (b. 1956) belongs to a generation of artists that introduced significant changes to Cuban visual arts, both formally and conceptually. This anthological exhibition traces Pérez Monzón’s career through one of his most prolific periods, in a series of drawings, installations, and site-specific works reflecting Pérez Monzón’s interest in exploring Geometric Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and Spatialism. Demonstrating an interest in logic and meaning that runs through his practice, works in the exhibition include Pérez Monzón’s well-known series Tarot (1983, 1985 and 1986)—decks of tarot cards that depict the traditionally representational figures in the deck through abstract, geometric drawings on cardboard—as well as works from his series of drawings Configuration and 15 625 cm3 de relaciones (1981/2015), which derive their internal logic from underlying mathematical principles. The exhibition will also feature emblematic examples Pérez Monzón’s site-specific works, including both Vilos (1981/2015) and Hilos (1984/2015), which form dense matrices of wire and thread, reflecting the artist’s exploration of line and form in space. Each site-specific work will be re-created by the artist for this exhibition.

 

“In a general sense,” said Gustavo Pérez Monzón, “I created works that function as systems that are supported by a logical order, and at the same time, they can be perceived emotionally with all the arbitrariness and depth that a work of art allows for. The works I made during that period display a certain sensitivity for numerical concepts and simple arithmetic. In numerology, numbers do not express only amounts, they also contain different levels of meaning that make it possible, from an artistic perspective, to establish more complex relationships.”

 

“I discovered the work of Gustavo Pérez Monzón in 2012 at a gallery in Havana, and was immediately drawn to it,” said Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of CIFO. “Since then I have focused my efforts on tracking down his work, and collecting a wide selection of his remarkable pieces. This exhibition highlights much of Monzón’s career during that period, and I am so pleased that it will be opening in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where the artist currently resides.”

 

“For the first time in Morelos, the artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón, who has been living in Cuernavaca since 1990 and is one of the emblematic figures for the artistic development of the city is exhibiting a group of works,“ said Andrea Torreblanca, Chief Curator MMAC Juan Soriano. “In addition, he will create the most ambitious version to date of his work Vilos (1981-2015), an imposing and meticulous installation of threads and rocks suspended in space."

 

Gustavo Pérez Monzón began to gain recognition in the late 1970s, and participated in several group exhibitions including: Pintura fresca; Sano y Sabroso; De lo contemporáneo; and Trece artistas jóvenes, among others. Pérez Monzón’s first solo exhibition, Luna Llena, took place at the Casa de Cultura de Jaruco in 1980. A year later, his Serie A – Serie B was presented at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, and he was a participant in the legendary 1981 exhibition Volumen Uno. In 1982 he represented Cuba at the Paris Biennial.

 

In the late 1980s, Pérez Monzón decided to give up painting and began to focus his attention on teaching art. In the early 1990s he moved permanently to Mexico, where he still resides. He was the founder of the Morelense Center for the Arts and A Line of Gis, a space for collaboration between artisans and artists in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

 

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About the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (EFC)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting art in the early 1970s, with a primary interest in work from Latin America. As the collection has grown and developed, its scope has expanded. What began as the acquisition of works of art for personal enjoyment has matured into an ambitious life project. In a way, there are several collections within the collection. Four main areas of interest have been systematically increasing in recent years: geometric abstraction from Latin America; contemporary international and Latin American art; contemporary video; and modern and contemporary photography.

 

About the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

 

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation's mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

 

For more information about the award recipients, exhibition, and other programs, please visit cifo.org and follow CIFO on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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Julia Lukacher
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Aimee Hernandez
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+1 212 202 3402

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports announce the creation of an exhibition space called The Contemporary Art Collection of the Americas located in the Tabacalera in Madrid, Spain

 

As part of this initiative Ella Fontanals-Cisneros will donate part of her private Latin American art collection to the Spanish State. The new exhibition space will open to the public after rehabilitation of the Tabacalera building is carried out by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

 

  
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Photo: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s minister of education, culture and sports, after she signed an agreement on Wednesday to donate some of her artworks.

Credit Paolo Aguilar/European Pressphoto Agency

 

 

 

Miami, Florida (February 21, 2018) The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) and The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport signed today a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of an exhibition space to be located in the Tabacalera building in Madrid, Spain.

 

This agreement includes the donation of works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection to the Spanish State, whose stewardship will be shared with another international arts institution, which will be announced in the coming months.

 

The Fontanals-Cisneros collection is one of the most important collections of Latin American art. With more than 3,000 pieces, it has works by prominent artists from around the world, and includes not only pictorial art, but also video and modern photography. Works by Carmen Herrera, Cildo Meireles, Jesus Soto, and photography by the artists Grete Stern, Horacio Coppola, Leo Matiz, Paulo Pires, are all included in the collection.

 

With this memorandum, signed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, and by the Honorary President & Founder of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, the two parties reaffirm their willingness to promote the research of Latin American culture and artistic heritage, as well as the strategic positioning of Spain as a cultural bridge between Europe and Latin America.

 

The Government and the Foundation will begin a collaboration aimed at adapting the entire second floor of the Tabacalera building in Madrid to The Contemporary Art Collection of the Americas. Currently, the Ministry is developing a rehabilitation project for this building, which will make over 50,000 square feet of exhibition space available to the public. In the future, institutions such as the Reina Sofia Museum, will operate exhibition space in the building that will coexist along with other areas dedicated to emerging artists’ exhibitions, as well as a dedicated space for works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. Tabacalera is intended to become a multifaceted destination for national and international contemporary art.

 

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About Ella Fontanals-Cisneros


The Founder of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and businesswoman in new technologies and other industries, and a collector of contemporary art. She began collecting art in the 1970s and her collection has an international profile, encompassing emblematic figures of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Latin American art. Fontanals-Cisneros is a former or current board member of a wide range of arts and educational institutions, including the Tate Americas Foundation; United Artists; the Cintas Foundation; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; the New Museum; the Fulbright Program; and Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies.

 

About The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (EFC)


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting art in the early 1970s, with a primary interest in work from Latin America. As the collection has grown and developed, its scope has expanded. What began as the acquisition of works of art for personal enjoyment has matured into an ambitious life project. In a way, there are several collections within the collection. Four main areas of interest have been systematically increasing in recent years: geometric abstraction from Latin America; contemporary international and Latin American art; contemporary video; and modern and contemporary photography.

 

About The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in 2002. The Foundation’s mission is to support and foster cultural understanding and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO serves as a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally. More information is available at www.cifo.org.

For more information about CIFO exhibitions and other programs, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

 

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Press Contacts

Julia Lukacher

SUTTON PR

Senior Account Manager

212.212.3402 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Aimee Hernandez

CIFO | Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation  

Marketing and Communications Manager

305.455.3343 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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