The art of the 1960s and 1970s is a key reference point for the Argentinean contemporary art scene. The international 68er movement and massive repression by the military dictatorship during these decades helped to establish Argentinean art as an important medium for social criticism and political commentary.
This exhibition in Leverkusen presented outstanding positions of Argentinean art from the late sixties to the present and followed the development of staunchly socio-critical artwork. The goal was to discuss and re-evaluate the political and socially critical potential of artistic production. And in looking back, the exhibition enabled viewers to distinguish parallels between European developments and those in Latin America. The art of the 1960s and 1970s is becoming increasingly influential for positioning contemporary art production in both regions of the world.
Two hundred years after the Argentineans declared independence, the exhibition and its accompanying publication redirected Europe's attention to the historic parallels of artistic production in a country that many had almost forgotten.
Artistic directors: Heike van den Valentyn, Project Coordinator: Cristina Sommer (AR)
Artists: Oscar Bony, Nicola Costantino, León Ferrari, Gabriela Golder, Norberto Gómez, Victor Grippo, Alberto Heredia, Guillermo Kuitca, Jorge Macchi, Fabián Marcaccio, Charly Nijensohn, Cristina Piffer, Juan Carlos Romero, Graciela Sacco (all AR)
Venue and schedule:
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, 13 March 2011 - 22 May 2011
Dr. Stefanie Kreuzer