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Installation view of ?A Tale of Two Worlds,? 2017?18, showing work by Antonio Caro and Jasper Johns, at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Axel Schneider; Art: ©Antonio Caro; ©Vg Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main


Frankfurt, Germany

A Tale of Two Worlds is one of largest exhibitions ever at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, which is collaborating with the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires in Argentina. The exhibition includes over 500 artworks from private and public collections by more than 100 artists and collectives from Latin America, the United States and Europe, and will be on view until April 2, 2018. 

A Tale of Two Worlds sets out to establish a dialogue between two distinct narratives in Western contemporary art over the five decades spanning the 1940s and the 1980s: the European-North American canon and Latin American experimental art. The exhibition is structured as a stream of conversations, whereby topics relevant to the history of experimental art practices in Latin America are presented in dialogue with artworks from the MMK Collection. The project has been conceptualized and curated over the past year and a half between two cities—Buenos Aires and Frankfurt—and has a strong Southern perspective. Indeed, it marks the first time a European Museum collection has allowed itself to be re-examined by curators of Latin American art. The project is an answer to the call by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) on major museums in Germany to endow their collections with a more global perspective.

For some years now the MMK's exhibition program and collection policy has opened up its view to non-European perspectives on international contemporary art and critically questioned the socio-political conditions of art in a globalized world. While the MMK collection from the 1960s and 1970s focuses on European and North American art, the period of Latin American art addressed in this exhibition is somewhat longer: it starts in 1944, the year of the first expressions of the Concrete Art movements in Argentina, and continues until the end of the military dictatorships in the late 1980s. 

The exhibition is jointly curated by Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires Director Victoria Noorthoorn and Senior Curator Javier Villa, and MMK Curator Klaus Görner. It will be presented at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires between July 7 and October 14, 2018.





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