Third eye
The Costantini Collection in Malba

08/26/22— 09/01/23
Levels 1 and -1

The exhibition Third eye. The Costantini Collection in Malba comprises over two hundred quintessential works of Latin American art, and for the first time devises a dialogue between the Malba Collection and the one owned by founder Eduardo F. Costantini.

Masterpieces at the exhibition feature artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral, Xul Solar, Joaquín Torres García, Emilio Pettoruti, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Maria Martins, Remedios Varo, Antonio Berni, and Jorge de la Vega, among others, together with many acquisitions by Costantini through the last years. On this occasion, most works will be displayed for the public after several decades of remaining outside the international circuit of exhibitions.

Key works of modern Latina American art will be part of the show, such as Diego y yo [Diego and I] (1949) by Frida Kahlo, Omi Obini [Woman of water] (1943) by Wifredo Lam, Urso [Bear] (1925) by Vicente do Rego Monteiro, Pudor [Decency] (1922) and Tocadora de banjo [Banjo player] (1925) by Victor Brecheret, Autorretrato [Self-portrait] (1951) by Alice Rahon and Paisaje cubano [Cuban Landscape] (1943) by Mario Carreño, together with pieces by Rubens Gerchman, Antonio Dias, Augusto de Campos, Alejandro Otero, Alipio Jaramillo, Carlos Mérida and Rafael Barradas, and other significant acquisitions by Costantini of the last years.

Curated by Malba Chief Curator María Amalia García, Third Eye is displayed in two levels at the museum, and is made up of two main concepts: to inhabit and to transform. These resonate with the most pressing concerns we face at present: the planet sustainability, social issues, and different modes of subjectivity and self-representation. Gateways into the collections, those two notions combine an array of approaches to theme, form, and material, and signal the meanderings of art movements based in Latin America.

The exhibition’s title, Tercer ojo [Third Eye], comes from Frida Kahlo’s Diego and I, (1949), which represents the obsessive love relationship between those two Mexican artists. The name also makes reference to the both intuitive and specific vision at play in an art collection and the hope that the inner eye might guide our ways of inhabiting and transforming the world.

Frida Kahlo

A central artpiece of the exhibition is Diego y yo [Diego and I] (1949) by Frida Kahlo (Coyoacán, 1907–1954), which set a record for Latin American art when Costantini acquired it for his private collection in November 2021. It was the last self-portrait bust Frida painted before she died in 1954, which depicts the face of her husband Diego Rivera as a third eye. This work will be displayed with Autorretrato con chango y loro [Self-portrait with monkey and parrot] (1942) of Malba Collection and a considerable collection of documents, including Frida Kahlo’s photographs, letters and personal effects.

One vision, two collections

Since the late 1980’s, Eduardo F. Costantini has envisioned a clear goal: to bring together key works of Latin American modern art on the basis of a long-term collection strategy. His passion for art and commitment to sharing it was what led him, in September 2001, to found the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

Thus, Malba began with a founding donation of over two hundred works, and its holdings—now more than seven hundred pieces—grows each year thanks to an ambitious Acquisition Committee and generous donations from artists and others. After the museum’s opening, Costantini turned back to his private collection, with a permanent pursuit of iconic works of Latin American art.

Sections and Artists

INHABITING

Inhabiting the Limit
Maria Martins, Armando Reverón, Frans Krajcberg, Liliana Porter, León Ferrari, Emilio Pettoruti, Augusto de Campos, Jorge de la Vega, León Ferrari.

Inhabiting the Earth
Tarsila do Amaral, Vicente Do Rego Monteiro, Miguel Covarrubias, Emilio Pettoruti, Cícero Días, Manuel Rendón Seminario, Jorge Eielson, Rubem Valentim, Abel Rodríguez, Sheroanawe Hakhiiwe, Leonidas Gambartes, Alejandro Xul Solar, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Marcelo Pombo, León Ferrari, Nicolás García Uriburu, Víctor Grippo.

Inhabiting the City
Geraldo de Barros, Joaquín Torres García, Mario Carreño, Gonzalo Fonseca, José Cúneo, Sergio Camargo, Horacio Coppola, Juan O’Gorman, Alejandro Xul Solar, Roberto Montenegro, Antonio Berni.

Inhabitants
Marisol Escobar, Jorge De la Vega, Antonio Berni, Guillermo Kuitca, Rafael Barradas, Agustín Lazo, Miguel Covarrubias, Emilio Pettoruti, Alice Rahon, Diego Rivera, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Carlos Mérida, Pablo Curatella Manes, Héctor Poleo, Cándido Portinari, Miguel Covarrubias, Agustín Lazo, Rosa Rolanda, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Rubem Valentim, Sonia Gomes, José Bedia Valdés, Aline Motta, Rosana Paulino, Pedro Figari.


TRANSFORMING

Transforming the Social
Antonio Berni, Alipio Jaramillo, Miguel Covarrubias, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, José Alejandro Restrepo, Claudio Tozzi, Mildred Burton, Rubens Gerchman, Antonio Dias, Oscar Muñoz, Cildo Meireles, Fernando Bryce, Pablo Suárez, Eugenio Dittborn, Jesús Ruiz Durand, Víctor Grippo.

Transforming Reality
Anna María Maiolino, Helio Oiticica, Lidy Prati, Grete Stern, Kati Horna, Juan Batlle Planas, Roberto Aizenberg, Antonio Berni, Remedios Varo, Roberto Matta.

Transforming the Device
Loló Soldevilla, Noemí Gerstein, Lygia Clark, Mathias Goeritz, Carmelo Arden Quin, Gego, León Ferrari, Daniel Joglar, Mira Schendel, Tomás Saraceno, Rubén Santantonín, Enio Iommi, Claudio Girola, Omar Schiliro, Gyula Kosice, Marta Boto, Julio Le Parc, Lucio Dorr, Juan Melé, Jorge Gumier Maier, Fernanda Laguna, Martín Blaszko, Alejandro Otero, Helio Oiticica, Nelson Leirner, Alejandro Puente.

Transforming Life and Death
Frida Kahlo.

Transforming the Body
Victor Brecheret, Alfredo Guttero, Lino Enea Spilimbergo, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Nélida Demichelis, Aída Carballo, Emilio Pettoruti, Annemarie Heinrich, Grete Stern, Juan Tessi, Zilia Sánchez, Maris Bustamante, Mónica Mayer, Wifredo Lam, Antonio Dias, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Jorge de la Vega, Liliana Maresca, Emilio Renart, Antonio Berni, Teresa Margolles, Liliana Maresca, Yeguas del Apocalipsis, Marcia Schvartz, Feliciano Centurión, Carlos Federico Sáez, Mildred Burton, Beatriz González.

Transforming the Word
Amalia Pica, Mariela Scafati, Rivane Neuenschwander, Margarita Paksa, Claudia Fontes.

Images: Wifredo Lam. Omi Obini, 1943. / Victor Brecheret. Pudor, 1922.

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Level 1

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Frida Kahlo
Diego and I

Diego y yo (1949) es el último autorretrato de busto pintado por Frida Kahlo antes de su muerte en 1954, en el que aparece el rostro de su marido como un tercer ojo que revela la obsesión y el sufrimiento de la artista.

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