Al calor del pensamiento. Works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection
February 3, 2010 to April 30, 2010
Art City Saloon Santander Group, Madrid, Spain
Participant artists: Carlos Amorales, Belkis Ayón, Los Carpinteros, José Damasceno, Gonzalo Díaz, Leandro Erlich, León Ferrari, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jorge Machi, Oswaldo Macia, Marco Maggi, Cildo Meireles, Marta Minujín, Vik Muniz, Oscar Muñoz, Julio Le Parc, Liliana Porter, José Alejandro Restrepo, Miguel Angel Rojas, Betsabeé Romero, Doris Salcedo, Humberto Vélez.
First paragraph of a text written by Katrin Steffen for the exhibition catalogue:
Al calor del pensamiento (In the Heat of Thought) is an invitation to an encounter with contemporary art that does more than get us thinking: it is a veritable challenge to the senses. While the works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection by the 22 artists involved command the viewer’s attention in a variety of different ways, they all strive equally to arouse a stimulating dialogue with the public. All created during the last 40 years, the individual pieces and groups of works offer a wide range of interpretive possibilities, and in so doing train a spotlight on the broad spectrum of points of view underlying contemporary Latin American art. There is nothing random or arbitrary about the issues addressed by these works, which include visual art’s potential for signification, political and social realities, and modes of cognition and perception. And although the formal solutions proposed by the various artists are protean, they are never merely contingent, but achieve an internal coherence of form and content as well as an impact that knows no geographical boundaries – and thus reflect the deliberate strategy of the Daros Latinamerica Collection. The exhibition, which comprises work by Carlos Amorales, Belkis Ayón, Los Carpinteros, José Damasceno, Gonzalo Díaz, Leandro Erlich, Léon Ferrari, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jorge Macchi, Oswaldo Macià, Marco Maggi, Cildo Meireles, Marta Minujín, Vik Muniz, Oscar Muñoz, Julio Le Parc, Liliana Porter, José Alejandro Restrepo, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Betsabeé Romero, Doris Salcedo, Humberto Vélez, focuses on the work of art and its viewer, which are invited to enter into a thought-provoking, gripping and passionate dialogue. (…)