Past Exhibitions

La Invención Concreta

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

January 22, 2013 to September 16, 2013


The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) presented its first major exhibition in Europe, La invención concreta: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, from January 23rd through September 16th 2013.

La invención concreta [Concrete Invention] traced the development of geometric abstraction in Latin America from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Jointly curated by the respective directors of the Reina Sofia and the CPPC, Manuel Borja-Villel, and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, this exhibition covered a period of optimism for Latin America as its economies grew after World War II, bringing a sense of confidence and an independence from the European influence that had characterized Latin American culture before the war.

The show was organized around the intentions of artists who produced works that they believed could change the world, sometimes socially and sometimes more intimately.

The works connect to a belief system and a broader cultural project, and ask fundamental questions about the nature of art and its place in the world. This exhibition was based on the premise that geometry is a language used by artists to express a broad range of often contradictory intentions, and includes works by Lygia Clark, Jesus Soto, Tomás Maldonado, Joaquín Torres-García, and Hélio Oiticica among many more.

The five groupings around which the exhibition was organized—illusion, geometry, vibration, dialogue and universalism—responded to philosophical premises about geometry and its significance, ranging from the material to the spiritual, the metaphorical to the objective.

A catalogue was published for the exhibition.



La invención concreta. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

La Invención Concreta [Concrete Invention]: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros



Digital Initiative

FC/CPPC seeks out innovation within the digital world, taking advantage of new tools to further expand its mission and reach the widest audience possible. Accordingly, the show was accompanied by a comprehensive digital initiative that included a mobile website and an iPad app that will enhance onsite visits and allowed people to access the show and get familiar with the artwork from home and abroad, while sharing through social media tools their own experience with their acquaintances.

To explore the artwork in the show please visit or download the iPad app through iTunes for free.