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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: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex. This contemporary folk art show features spectacular works, the highest levels of achievement in traditional arts from communities across Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Portugal.

In many cases, the works are modern art pieces stemming from long and rich ancestories, reaching back to the pre-Columbian era as well as influences from European and other traditions. The objects illustrate customs, religions, festivals and devotions, myths, familial legacies, and everyday life — so the artisans are reinterpreting longstanding traditions, while also creating new ones.

Curated by Cándida Fernández de Calderón, Director of Fomento Cultural Banamex in Mexico City, the show boasts more than 800 works on view, made by more than 600 of the most accomplished artists from 22 countries — 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.

The exhibit has been seen previously in Latin America and Spain, but not yet in the United States.