A little over a year ago, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Caracas, 1947) distributed 202 works by Latin American artists to six international museums, including the MoMA, with 88 pieces, and the Reina Sofia, with 39. The Spanish museum is again benefited with a set of 45 works of 33 artists emerged since 1990. For the most part, they are Venezuelan and Brazilian artists. The collector, who has never wanted to specify the number of works she owns or her economic valuation in the warehouses of Caracas and New York, the city in which she resides, confesses that she is very happy to see how "no modern or contemporary art museum can ignore Latin American art. " "It was a long way, but I have a sense of mission accomplished."
In the Reina Sofía they explain that this new donation significantly enriches the collection, at the same time as it is an impulse for the research project that is being carried out on the artistic movements that have arisen in Latin America since the 1960s to the present. In the set of works pieces stand out the decade of the ninety and the first years of the 21st century. This contemporary character is precisely the least represented within the collection of Latin American art of the museum.
Phelps de Cisneros, wife of powerful Venezuelan businessman Gustavo Cisneros, is considered one of the most influential people in the world of contemporary art and ranks number 28 on the magazine's annual list Art Review. "It is a set of representative works from different countries and moments of Latin American contemporary art of the last three decades," explains the patron. "The set is defined by its diversity: there are conceptual, figurative, abstract works, installations, a large variety that for me is the defining factor of current art ".
The complete list of names included in the donation are: Jaime Castro Oróztegui, Marcos Coelho Benjamin, Sigfredo Chacón, Paulo Climachauska, Eduardo Costa, José Damasceno, José Dávila, Danilo Dueñas, Iran do Espírito Santo, José Gabriel Fernández, Magdalena Fernández, Teresita Fernández, Héctor Fuenmayor, Rubens Gerchman, Fernanda Gomes, Alí González, Ester Grinspum, Arturo Herrera, Óscar Machado, Fabian Marcaccio, Roberto Obregón, Rosana Palayzan, Paulo Pasta, Nuno Ramos, Rosângela Rennó, Miguel Ángel Ríos, Mauricio Ruiz, Valeska Soares , Edgard de Souza, Javier Téllez, Marcia Thompson, Angelo Venosa and Augusto Villalba.