Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte! to Open at The Jewish Museum in November

 

 

 

Marta Minujín in her studio on rue Delambre in Paris, with her first multicolored mattresses, 1963. Marta Minujín Archive. © Marta Minujín, courtesy of Henrique Faria, New York and Herlitzka & Co., Buenos Aires.

Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! will include nearly 100 works organized to reflect Minujín’s bold experimentation over six decades. The exhibition will chart Minujín’s influential career in Buenos Aires as well as time spent in Paris, New York, and Washington, DC, through a range of pioneering, mattress-based soft sculptures; fluorescent large-scale paintings; psychedelic drawings and performances; and vintage film footage. The artist’s ephemeral works – happenings, participatory installations, and monumental public art – will be presented through rarely-seen photographs, video, and other documentation.

The first survey exhibition in the United States of Marta Minujín, a defining force of Latin American art whose trajectory intersected with the major artistic developments of the postwar period while reflecting a singular spirit and vision infused by her sharp intellect, irreverent humor, and performative presence.

Marta Minujin, Para hacer el amor inadvertidamente (For Making Love Inconspicuously), 2010,, acrylic,, tempera, and lacquer on mattress fabric with foam rubber, 94 x 135 x 30 in. (239 x 343 x 76 cm). The Speyer Family Collection, New York. © Marta Minujin, courtesy of Henrique Fair, New York and Herlitzka & Co., Buenos Aires.

Minujín established an international reputation as a key artistic voice at a young age. Born to a Russian-Jewish family in 1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Minujín began her career in the late 1950s creating cardboard constructions and roughly hewn paintings. By the early 1960s, she had started to experiment with mattresses, creating colorful soft sculptures that would come to define her signature style. Today Minujín is one of Argentina’s most recognized artists and celebrated cultural personalities. She continues to produce multimedia installations, participatory events, paintings, and sculptures, attesting to her unceasing versatility. Well into the twenty-first century, Minujín’s art persists with vital force, critical vision, and clarity of purpose.

Marta Minujin with Andy Warhol, El pago de la deuda externa argentina con maiz, “el oro latinoamericano” (Paying Off the Argentine Foreign Debt with Corn, “the Latin American Gold”), New York, 1985/2011, C-print, 36 3/8 x 39 1/4 in. (92.4 x 99.7 cm). Collection of the artist. © Marta Minujin,, courtesy of Henrique Fair, New York and Herlitzka & Co. Buenos Aires.

Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! is organized by Darsie Alexander, Senior Deputy Director and Susan & Elihu Rose Chief Curator, and Rebecca Shaykin, Associate Curator, at the Jewish Museum, New York. The exhibition design is by Galia Solomonoff and Elena Martinoni of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio. Bilingual texts in English and Spanish will be included in the exhibition.

Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, the Charina Foundation, The Knapp Family Foundation, Agnes Gund, the Goldie and David Blanksteen Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, Dario Werthein, Fundación Ama Amoedo, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Imperfect Family Foundation, Marley B. Lewis, Teresa A.L. Bulgheroni, Monica and Carlos Camin, Migoya Charitable and Family Irrevocable Trust, Erica Roberts, and other generous donors.

Additional support is provided by the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art, the Barbara S. Horowitz Contemporary Art Fund, the Dorot Publication Fund, and Ealan and Melinda Wingate.

Digital guide supported by Bloomberg Connects.

Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte! will be on view from November 17, 2023 through March 31, 2024 at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC.

Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte! will coincide with Marta Minujin: Sculpture of Dreams, presented by Times Square Arts and The Jewish Museum ~ located in Times Square from November 8th eo November 21st, 2023.