This exhibition was the first monographic presentation of artworks by the Colombian artist Beatriz González in a European context. González became widely known in Colombia and Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, but was only noticed by the rest of the world much later. In collaboration with partners in Bordeaux and Madrid, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin wanted to draw attention to this extraordinary artist, and examined issues of cultural transfer between South America and Europe using her works as an example. The exhibition on González shed light on her political activities and investigated the artist’s position on specific cultural circumstances in her country. The project’s organisers hoped that the exhibition would direct more attention to Latin American female artists in Europe. In an extensive accompanying publication, González’s works have been historically reviewed and supplemented by contemporary perspectives by international curators. The project included a diverse programme of public discussions and art-historical lectures which served to examine González’s works within the Latin American art scene and in relation to global developments.
Artistic directors: Maria-Inés Rodriguez (FR), Manuel Borja-Villel (ES), Krist Gruijthuijsen
Artist: Beatriz González (CO)