"In your Face", by Mario
One of these exhibitions is also one of the most talked about: "In your Face" by Mario Testino. When I went there in April, we waited in line for half an hour to get in because of the nearly hundred meter long line of people. His exhibition at the Museum of fine art in Boston last year was the most popular in the museum history. He is not only a fashion photographer, but a superstar. Testino left Peru, where he was born and raised, for photography studies in London in 1976. He has since then worked for famous magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. He has photographed a wide range of celebrities; supermodels such as Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen, and actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts, amongst many others. His portfolio also includes fashion houses such as Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana and Versace.
The main collection
140 art works are part of the permanent collection. They vary from paintings and photographies to sculptures and installations, representing Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia, to mention some countries. The head liners include Tarsil de Amaral, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Xul Salar, Antonio Berni and Jorge de la Vega. All from the early 20th century avant-garde movement, surrealism of the 40s, pop culture from the 80s and contemporary.
|Antonio Berni- Manifestacion (1934)|
I was surprised to see that there were only a handful of the artists displayed I actually recognized the names of. Frida Kahlo is one of my favourite artists and I am familiar with Diego Rivera only because of his connection with Kahlo. Am I simply ignorant or are we just not that fussed about Latin American art?
We were heading to Cordoba the same night and because of waiting in line for at least half an hour to get into the museum in the first place, we had to rush through the exhibition. In hindsight I wish I had had that half an hour more to take it all in. The visit opened my eyes to a whole new continent of art, and left me feeling at least slightly more enlightened, and a little bit baffled by my lack of knowledge.