1st Floor Gallery
December 1 – January 19, 2018



With this annual exhibition, Galería El Museo pays homage to Colombian and Ibero-American artists that have defined the paradigms for the creation and development of art on the continent as representatives and protagonists of plastic arts, and whose works continue to be a reference for new generations.


The 20th century was a period that was influenced significantly by politics and economic and social transformations. The effects of the world wars had an impact on society and led to the creation of artistic movements that responded to changes in the human condition, the repercussions of technological progress and the search for modern ideals. New artistic expressions redefined the dogmas of painting, drawing, and sculpture. In Colombia, art overcame the limits of academia to embark on the discovery of new themes, media, and tendencies that went beyond landscape, portrait, and Costumbrism. This is how artistic practices in the country were influenced by avantgarde and neo-avantgarde from the European and North American scene, as Latin American artists traveled there and made contact with these movements.



Movements such as Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Cubism, Geometric Abstraction, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism imbued the vision of Colombian artists as Latin Americans. They introduced unprecedented language that promoted the search for new and different expressions in Colombian and Latin American plastic arts. Artists such as Débora Arango, Guillermo Wiedemann, Alejandro Obregón, Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo, Édgar Negret, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, Fernando Botero, Carlos Rojas, Beatriz González, Luis Caballero, Santiago Cárdenas and Ana Mercedes Hoyos, among others, built a bridge between local culture and international artistic movements. Whilst their proposals were influenced by international concerns, they managed to consolidate their own grammar.