Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gift to the Museum of Modern Art, 2016
“The Museum of Modern Art received a major gift from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which will add more than 100 works of modern art by major artists from Latin America to the Museum’s collection, and establish the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America. The Cisneros Institute will be dedicated to an expansive approach to the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
The gift includes 102 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, made between the 1940s and the 1990s by 37 artists working in Brazil, Venezuela, and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay, including Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero, and Tomás Maldonado. They join 40 works previously given by Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros over the last 16 years.” — MoMA
“This gift and the establishment of a dedicated research institute represents a major milestone in our goal to provide a broader context to the history of art from Latin America, firmly rooted and integrated in a museum whose unparalleled collections and scholarship will allow for a rich and nuanced understanding of the place of Latin America in the history of modern and contemporary art,” said Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. “Under Glenn Lowry’s leadership, MoMA has delivered on the promise of its historical commitment to Latin America, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to this process, and to guarantee its long-term presence in the Museum.”