November 26 to January 21, 2017

On Wednesday, November 23, Galería El Museo will open the “Masters” exhibition, which has become a constant in the gallery’s annual program. “Masters” pays homage to some of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century who set the guidelines for the development of art in Colombia and Latin America. They are one of the most representative figures of the art world, both nationally and internationally, and their works are still today a point of reference for new generations.

The 20th century brought with it the spread of different movements that converged in new artistic expressions. Thanks to the above, art in Colombia opened to different ways of thinking, generating a plurality of themes, media and trends in local artistic manifestations. For several decades, classical themes such as religious painting and portraiture prevailed; later came the still life, Costumbrist works and landscapes, which were all mainly regulated by the Academy. Nevertheless, artistic practices in the country began to be influenced by the avant-garde and neo-avant-gardes of the European and North American scene given that, since the beginning of the century, Latin American artists had traveled to Europe and gained contact with these movements, and later consolidated proposals where they made the avant-gardes their own. Thus, with the support of different masters such as Andrés de Santa María, these artists were able to travel, assimilate and interpret in their own way the movements of the beginning of the century. Plastic arts in Colombia then became increasingly independent, leading to a gradual break with the Academy.

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Geometric Abstraction, Expressionism; Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism, to name a few, were movements that started to imbue the vision of Latin American artists which, in turn, led to new developments in contemporary art in Latin America. It is not irrational to conceive that movements such as Neo-Concrete art in Brazil, Madí art in Argentina, Kinetic art in Venezuela, among others, were the product of the modern abstract currents of the first decades of the 20th century.

The avant-garde had an indisputable impact in the Latin American context of the first half of the century. The Latin American artistic scene generated a sort of hybridization with these movements based on local needs, which resulted in a vast number of proposals and in several cases led to the national and even international recognition of various artists. This way, the “Masters” exhibition accounts for some of the main representatives of the plastic processes of the country and of Latin America that have become the point of reference for today’s artists. The exhibition also brings together «new masters», who currently enjoy a certain degree of recognition; artists who are positioned in the market and who throughout their career have interpreted the avant-gardes and the teachings of those other masters.

This year, Galería El Museo has selected the most important works of Colombian and of some foreign artists who, over the years, have consolidated and developed a solid career in the national and international artistic scene, including: Débora Arango, Álvaro Barrios, Fernando Botero, Feliza Bursztyn, Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo, Beatriz González, Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Lorenzo Jaramillo, David Manzur, José Horacio Martínez, Óscar Muñoz, Édgar Negret, Alejandro Obregón, Nadín Ospina, Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar, Carlos Rojas, Bernardo Salcedo, Andrés de Santa María, among others.

The exhibitions will be open to the public until Saturday, January 21 at Galería El Museo: Calle 81 # 11 – 41. Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., all day. Free admission. For more information, please visit


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