Gyula Kosice

07/05— 11/04/24
Gallery 5. Level 2

First monographic exhibition dedicated to the work of the visionary Argentinean artist Gyula Kosice (b. Ferdinand Fallik; Košice, Czechoslovakia, 1924 - Buenos Aires, 2016).

In the centennial year of his birth, the purpose of the exhibition is to highlight Kosice's pioneering role and to reposition him in the historiography of Latin American art. The exhibition brings together around 75 works produced between 1950 and 1980 that comprise his key contributions to post-war modernism, and includes his emblematic installation The Hydrospatial City (1946-72), from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This floating city consists of 18 independent modules that house dwellings arranged to satisfy different human needs and desires. The ensemble is complemented by 8 light boxes that illustrate the position of some of these modules with reference to a galactic scale.

The project also contemplates the development of an in-depth research on the artist's use of plastic conducted by a specialized team and the publication of a reference catalog edited in collaboration with the ICAA-MFAH (International Center for the Arts of the Americas), in a double edition in Spanish and English.

The installation of The Hydrospatial City will be complemented in the exhibition by ink and watercolor sketches, photomontages and multi-media panels created by Kosice himself to convey his vision of a city suspended in the atmosphere. Today, as we face the catastrophic impact of climate change, the ability of The Hydrospatial City to question our lifestyles or claims to forms of inhabitation will inspire other responses, as it remains more relevant than ever.

Organized in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Curators: María Amalia García and Mari Carmen Ramírez.