Latin American Modernities

Models of Collecting and Exhibiting Art

Latin American Modernities

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Nelly Pilz

Project directors: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen (Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Julia Gelshorn (University of Fribourg)

Researchers: Charlotte Matter MA (Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich)

Funding: artEDU Foundation Zurich

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Short description: This project is a cooperation between the respective institutes of art history of the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg. Its main objective is to increasingly incorporate art from Latin America in the teaching of both universities and make it thereby better known in Switzerland. Under the title “Latin American Modernities”, the project focuses on different concepts of modernity in Latin America, as well as on their ramifications into contemporary art. In addition and more specifically, we ask how art from Latin America is collected and displayed: How are identities shaped and constructed through artworks, through collections and exhibitions? The project is intended as a longer-term collaboration, involving local experts and further partner institutions. The planned activities include seminars and field study trips discussing different models of collecting and exhibiting art from/in Latin America. In this first phase of the project, a study trip to Brazil with students from UZH and UniFr has been organized on the occasion of this year’s São Paulo Bienal. Essays and photographs documenting the site visits will be shortly uploaded on the project’s blog.