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Grandes Maestros

November 9, 2014 – September 13, 2015

We are hosting the U.S. debut of the extraordinary traveling exhibition Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular de Iberoamérica. This comprehensive exhibition of Iberoamerican contemporary folk art features spectacular works from the Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex. Selected to showcase the highest levels of achievement in traditional arts of communities across Mexico, Central and South America and Spain and Portugal, it includes works by the leading masters of folk art — with objects created to illustrate their customs, festivals and devotions, myths and traditions, and everyday life.

In many cases, the works are contemporary arts stemming from long and rich traditions reaching back to the pre-Columbian era as well as influences from European and other traditions and the creativity of local artisans in reinterpreting longstanding traditions as well as creating new ones.

Curated by Cándida Fernández de Calderón, Director of Fomento Cultural Banamex in Mexico City, the more than 800 works on view were made by more than 600 of the most accomplished artists from 22 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela as well as Spain and Portugal. The pieces represent a broad range of specialties and materials including clay, wood, plant fibers, paper, leather, silver, wax, coconuts, beads, shell, glass and stones. All of the works are by living artists, many of whom are well known around their countries and beyond. 

Organized by Fomento Cultural Banamex, the exhibit has been seen previously in Latin America and Spain, but not yet in the United States.