In the framework of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of MALBA’s founding (Fundación del Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), the museum presents Verboamérica. This new exhibition of its permanent collection proposes a living history of Latin America, not in the terms proposed by European art, but rather on the words the artists themselves used in devising their own work.
Curated by historian and researcher Andrea Giunta and by the museum’s artistic director, Agustín Pérez Rubio, the exhibition includes 170 pieces divided into 8 thematic clusters with works from different historical periods and in an variety of formats (painting, drawing, photography, video, book, historical document, and installation). The clusters are: In the Beginning; Maps, Geopolitics, and Power; City, Modernity, and Abstraction; Lettered City, Violent City, Imagined City; Work, Crowd, and Resistance; The Country and The Outskirts; Bodies, Affects, and Emancipation; and Indigenous America, Black America.
In the words of Andrea Giunta:
“They key words in this exhibition come from artistic experience in Latin America: Anthropophagy, Indigenism, Negritude, Martín Fierro, Neo-concretism, Madi, Perceptismo, Constructive Universalism, Muralism. They come as well from the Latin American experience of cities—real cities, dreamed cities, utopian cities—of work, exploitation, and geopolitics; of the outskirts of the city, real and imagined landscapes; and of the banished (prostitution, poverty, unruly bodies not in keeping with how the patriarchal canon has constructed both woman and man). The exhibition revolves around black, indigenous, and peasant insurrection, the demand for land. It attempts to render visible the poetics of the indominable, forms of aesthetic emancipation”.
Verboamérica is now part of MALBA’s permanent collection. It can be visited from Thursday to Monday, 12 pm – 20 pm; Wednesday, from 12 pm to 21 pm. Guided tours available on Wednesday and Sunday at 4 pm.