The CPPC Donates Over 200 Contemporary Artworks to 6 Museums in Latin America, the United States and Europe

As Part of a Global Initiative, Gifts Will Strengthen Museum Holdings in Key Areas, Expand the Presence of Art from Latin America, and Advance Scholarship in the Field

Wednesday Jan 10, 2018


As part of Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros’ longstanding commitment to building bridges of understanding through education and culture, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) has donated more than 200 pieces from its collection of Latin American contemporary art to six leading museums in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Encompassing 91 artists from 22 countries, the gift is part of a long-term global initiative supported by Gustavo and Patricia Cisneros and their children to advance scholarship and promote a greater appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America. The six beneficiaries, with whom the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has developed enduring relationships, are: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; The Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires; the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin.

“My husband Gustavo—always a proponent of a global outlook—and I have made the integration of culture from Latin America into the wider narrative of art history the goal of the CPPC from its inception,” said Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Founder of the CPPC. “With our children, we want to communicate our pride in our shared cultural heritage and raise awareness about Latin American culture’s crucial contributions to the history of art. To that end, over the past four decades we have lent works, supported and organized exhibitions, provided opportunities for education and for international scholarly exchange, published books and catalogues, and built a comprehensive web site about art and ideas from Latin America. The donation of contemporary artworks continues to further this overall goal. As with past donations, we have collaborated with each institution to choose works that are relevant to their missions and expand their collections in ways that will allow them to develop a nuanced presentation of contemporary Latin American art for their audiences.”

The six institutions were selected for their established interest in studying and featuring contemporary art from Latin America; the regional influence of their art collections, exhibitions, and programs; and for serving as important references for an international artistic community. The artworks that have been selected for each museum are the result of a collaborative process designed to strengthen and expand each museum’s holdings.

The Museums

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will receive a group of works in media and performance, photography, painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings that will add to the Museum’s already significant Latin American art collection. Among the artists entering MoMA’s collection for the first time are Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Héctor Fuenmayor (Venezuela) and Amalia Pica (Argentina), representing a broad range of artistic practices and concerns. This gift is in addition to the nearly 150 works of modern art from Latin America that the CPPC has donated to MoMA in the past, including a major gift in 2016 of over 100 works. The contemporary donation reinforces the CPPC’s enduring relationship with the Museum and recognizes MoMA’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting art from Latin America.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía has been committed to studying cultural movements of the Global South and, in doing so, it has consistently featured artistic, curatorial, and philosophical proposals conceived in and about Latin America. Among the works entering the Reina Sofía’s collection with this gift are To and From (MoMA, Oxford) (1991), an early sculpture by Brazilian artist Jac Leirner; Immensely Blue (1991) by Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión; and ///////)))_lo))) (2014) by the Argentinian performance artist Osias Yanov. Each of these artists are new to the Reina Sofía’s collection. This gift builds on the partnership agreement between the CPPC and the Reina Sofía signed in 2012.

The Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art of the University of Texas in Austin, one of the country’s foremost university art museums, will receive a group of works that will build on their commitment to reflect and study the rich diversity of the artistic traditions in Latin America. Several mixed-media works by Brazilian artist Leda Catunda, a sculpture by Colombian artist Mateo López, and a series of photographs and related paintings by Mexican artist Pia Camil, among others, will now be part of one of the most comprehensive collections of Latin American art in the United States.

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires collaborated with the CPPC to select works by living Argentinian artists that strengthen the dialogue between local and global art practices. The selection of works donated to the Moderno are diverse in artistic language, and include Secure Paradise (2007), a video by artist Judi Werthein; Poema Volcánico (2014), an installation piece by Eduardo Navarro; and Garimpo (2009), a monumental drawing by Matías Duville.

Museo de Arte de Lima

The Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) is receiving works by Ecuadorian artists Oswaldo Terreros and Adrián Balseca, Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata, and Peruvian artist Elena Damiani that amplify the regional emphasis of its collection. These and other artists are being brought into MALI´s collection for the first time, joining one of the most diverse and complex collections of contemporary art in the Andean region. The works in this donation range from video and room-sized installations to tapestries.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, which since its founding has consistently organized exhibitions by both established and emerging Latin American and Latino artists, has selected works that build on its mission to present new ideas and voices in a global context for a diverse audience. Three videos by US-based Nicaraguan-born artist Jessica Lagunas are among the works that will join the Museum´s permanent collection. Other artworks in this donation include paintings by Dulce Gómez (Venezuela), and Melanie Smith (UK/Mexico).

Selection of Images of Artworks

  • Laura Anderson Barbata

    Santos y profetas


    Stairs, tripod, columns and wooden coffee table, wooden votives and feathers

    Variable installation dimensions: 250 x 400 x 400 cm (98 7/16 x 157 1/2 x 157 1/2 inches)

    Museo de Arte de Lima...

  • Adrián Balseca, Medio camino (2014)

    Adrián Balseca

    Medio camino


    Single channel Blu-ray video

    15' 41"

    Museo de Arte de Lima...

  • Feliza Bursztyn, Untitled (from the series Histéricas) (c.1967)

    Feliza Bursztyn

    Untitled (from the series Histéricas)

    c. 1967

    Stainless steel and electric motor

    45 x 40 x 50 cm (17 11/16 x 15 3/4 x 19 11/16 inches)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Pia Camil, Highway Follies (2011)

    Pia Camil

    Highway Follies Blue


    Resin and mineral powdered pigment on canvas

    150 x 200 cm (59 x 78 3/4 inches)

    Blanton Museum of Art...

  • Leda Catunda

    Paisagem com lago


    Acrylic on mattress

    150 x 185 x 25 cm (59 1/16 x 72 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.)

    Blanton Museum of Art...

  • Elena Damiani, Fading Field No. 1 (2012)

    Elena Damiani

    Fading Field No. 1


    Print on silk chiffon

    187 x 143 cm (73 5/8 x 56 1/4 in.)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Regina José Galindo, Looting (2010)

    Regina José Galindo



    Gold filling

    Installation dimensions: 136 x 38 x 38 cm (53 1/2 x 15 x 15 inches)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Mario García Torres, ¿Alguna vez has visto la nieve caer? (2010)

    Mario García Torres

    ¿Alguna vez has visto la nieve caer?


    35 mm slides with sound

    56 minutes

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Dulce Gómez, Ladrillo nº 1 (2011)

    Dulce Gómez

    Ladrillo nº 1


    Acrylic on canvas on board

    50 x 40 cm (19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

    The Bronx Museum of the Arts...

  • Federico Herrero, Untitled (from the series Catarata) (2011)

    Federico Herrero

    Untitled (from the series Catarata)


    Acrylic on board and concrete, wooden chair

    110.5 x 187.3 x 131.4 cm (43 1/2 x 73 3/4 x 51 3/4 inches)

    Fundación Museo Reina Sofía...

  • Alfredo Jaar, (1956)

    Hé ram


    Silkscreen on mirror

    244 x 244 x 0.5 cm (96 1/16 x 96 1/16 x 3/16 inches)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Fernanda Laguna, Obsesión (from the series Montaje Negro), 1997

    Fernanda Laguna

    Obsesión (from the series Montaje Negro)


    Wool embroidery

    22 x 30 cm (8 5/8 x 11 3/4 in.)

    Fundación Museo Reina Sofía...

  • Jessica Lagunas, Para verte mejor (2005)

    Jessica Lagunas

    Para verte mejor


    Color video

    57' 37"

    The Bronx Museum of the Arts...

  • Suwon Lee, Purple Haze (2011)

    Suwon Lee

    Purple Haze


    Inkjet on cotton paper

    92 x 120 cm (36 1/4 x 47 1/4 in.)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Jac Leirner

    To and From (MoMA, Oxford)


    Paper envelopes, acrylic, and plastic hose

    43.5 x 281.9 x 32.4 cm (17 1/8 x 111 x 12 3/4 inches)

    Fundación Museo Reina Sofía...

  • Cinthia Marcelle, Leitmotiv, (2011)

    Cinthia Marcelle




    4' 16"

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Cildo Meireles, (1948)

    Malhas da liberdade [Meshes of Freedom]


    Iron and glass

    120 x 122.6 x 3.8 cm (47 1/4 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches)

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Eduardo Navarro

    Poema volcánico


    Flameproof suit, backpack, bamboo shelf and litmus collages, publication of diary of the first descent to the crater (two newspaper sheets), archival material in TIFF format (Spanish and English versions), label (chromatic collage)

    Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires...

  • Amalia Pica, Venn Diagrams (Under the Spotlight), 2011

    Amalia Pica

    Venn Diagrams (Under the Spotlight)


    Two-channel spotlight and motion detector

    Variable installation dimensions

    The Museum of Modern Art...

  • Judi Werthein, Secure Paradise (2007)

    Judi Werthein

    Secure Paradise


    Color video with sound


    Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires...

  • Osías Yanov, ///////)))_IO))) (2014)

    Osías Yanov



    Performance, aluminum sculpture

    300 x 600 x 5 cm (1118 1/8 x 236 1/4 x 2 inches), 12 minutes

    Fundación Museo Reina Sofía...




CPPC gift to MoMA

CPPC gift to Museo Reina Sofía

CPPC gift to The Blanton Museum of Art

CPPC gift to Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

CPPC gift to Museo de Arte de Lima

CPPC gift to The Bronx Museum of the Arts


A selection of featured press:

The New York TimesOver 200 Latin American Artworks Are Headed to MoMA and Other Museums (January 10, 2018)

The Art NewspaperColección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gives 200 works of Latin American contemporary art to six museums (January 10, 2018)

El PaísPatricia Phelps dona a seis museos 202 obras de arte latinoamericano (January 10, 2018)

ClarínUna donación internacional para el Museo de Arte Moderno (January 10, 2018)

ABCEl Museo Reina Sofía recibe una donación de 39 obras de Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (January 10, 2018)

El MundoPatricia Phelps de Cisneros dona 39 obras de 12 artistas latinoamericanos al Reina Sofía (January 10, 2018)

El TelégrafoPatricia Phelps de Cisneros dona 200 obras a museos de Europa y América (January 10, 2018)

ArtishockColección Cisneros dona más de 200 obras de arte latinoamericano a seis museos (January 10, 2018)

La República, MALI recibe colección de arte regional (January 11, 2018)

Folha de São Paulo, Colecionadora doa obras de artistas brasileiros para MoMA e Reina Sofía (January 11, 2018)

HyperallergicCisneros Collection Donates Works by 91 Contemporary Latin American Artists to Six Museums (January 10, 2018)

The Art NewspaperPhillips to incorporate its Latin American offering in its main contemporary auctions (January 16, 2018)

Art ForumPatricia Phelps de Cisneros Donates 202 Works to MoMA and Other Museums (January 10, 2018)

Ars Magazine, El Reina Sofía recibe 39 obras de la Colección Patricia Pheps de Cisneros (January 10, 2018)

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