The exhibition ‘géométries sud, du mexique à la terre de feu’ celebrates the wealth of color, and diversity of styles and artistic approaches to geometric abstraction in latin america. it shows 250 artworks by over 70 different artists from the pre-columbian period, presenting modernist abstract art, sculpture and architecture, ceramics, weaving, and body painting. including specially designed installations by bolivian architect freddy mamani, and paraguayan architecture duo solano benítez and gloria cabral, the show will also feature the first presentation of a collection of sculptures by gego in paris and showcase indigenous works from paraguay for the first time in europe.
the exhibition, opening on october 14 in fondation cartier, paris, starts with a spectacular ballroom designed by freddy mamani, whose work is inspired by the geometric motifs characteristic of tiwanaku culture and the spirit of andean village festivals.
solano benítez and gloria cabral, the winners of the golden lion at the venice architecture biennale in 2016, use panels of shattered bricks and concrete to create a monumental work based on the principle of repetition. a rhythmic construction that plays with the light coming into the gallery space, this installation, assembled in a delicate equilibrium using a modular system of triangles, runs the length of the facade of the fondation cartier building.
a remarkable group of 23 intricate wire sculptures by the acclaimed venezuelan artist gego will also be on display.these works, many of which belong to the fundación museos nacionales in venezuela, have been brought together for the first time here.