Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955-1975" opening day

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Contesting Modernity
Dámaso Ogaz, FUBW, 1968, oil and ink on canvas, Colección Mercantil Arte y Cultura, Caracas. Image courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955-1975" is a groundbreaking exhibition that chart the trajectory of the Informalist movement from the mid-1950s through its last manifestations in the 1970s. Though Informalism ushered in an era of expressive richness in Venezuela, and later functioned as a rite of passage for subsequent generations, until now, no exhibition or publication has comprehensively studied its history.

"Contesting Modernity" features approximately 90 works of art that showcase the variety, richness, and complexity of an underrepresented movement that developed in Venezuela opposite Abstract Expressionism in North America and Tachisme and Art Informel in Europe. Drawing from the collection of Mercantil Arte y Cultura, the non-profit organization established by Mercantil Servicios Financieros, as well as from other public and private collections across the United States and Venezuela, the exhibition encompasses a wide range of media, including collage, painting, assemblage, and photographs.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 21, 2019.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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