The exhibition entitled “The other Trans-Atlantic: Kinetic and Op Art In Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950-1970” explores from the historic perspective the moment in which artists from Eastern Europe and Latin America promoted this currents as well as their enthusiasm for Kinetic and Op Art (movements that were born after World War II).
Changing Op Art with movement
The birth of both artistic movements in these two regions was a proof of love for movements. Their aesthetic effects and its dynamic opportunities gave birth to new creations as well as interactive relationships with audiences.
The mobiles or objects with movement were crafted many times by multidisciplinary teams of artists, engineers, and scientists who were not conceived to be admired in an uninterested auditorium; they were instead made to be exhibited in a big museum and in outdoor spaces with the idea that people participate and interact with the works.
These artistic objects were experiments at the beginning aimed at portraying a solid base in the belief of the power of art utopia in a moment in which the West abandoned the idea of believing in utopias.
Kinetic and Op Art were movements that entered the region of the Americas and, there, the fascination for new technologies as symbols of a continuous engagement to construct a better future with art was immense.
The exhibition bears more than 30 artists and collectors from both sides of the Atlantic. It has proved evidence on the common interests of these movements in the two regions as well as the intuition within the artists’ compositions.
This tendency represented an alternative and a challenge to critics’ consensus of the movement of artistic production in the Northern Atlantic. In cities such as Warsaw, Budapest, Zagreb, Bucharest, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo was born a network of artists whose practice was entirely dedicated to respond to a series of aesthetic questions related to what they shared regarding politic and economic realities.
A collaboration that goes beyond the Atlantic
This exhibition was organized thanks to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, and the SESC in Sao Paulo.
After the exhibition in February 2018 in Warsaw, the exhibition will move to Moscow in March, and it will en in Sao Paulo in July 2018. The works of the Venezuelans Carlos Cruz Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, and the following artists will be also present:
- Vladimir Akulinin
- Martha Boto
- Feliza Bursztyn
- Lygia Clark
- Hélio Oiticica
- Abraham Palatnik
- Franciso Infante, among others
The collectors Prometeus Group, Dvizhenie Group, Mir Group y SIGMA Group will be also present in the exhibition. They were produced under the expertise of curators Marta DziewaÅ„ska, Dieter Roelstraete y Abigail Winograd.
A series of text collections called “The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic and Op art in Eastern Europe and Latin America” will be published during the exposition. It compiles a series of international conferences held in Warsaw in 2016. They are a product of an international collaboration that was distributed all around the world by Chicago University Editorial.