The Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (Malba) has just added to its permanent collection two works by the Spanish Maruja Mallo and the Cuban Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. “This is how two central artists for Latin American art, who were not yet represented in the museum’s collection, enter the collection,” Malba said in a statement on Friday. The works acquired are painting Living Nature II (1941/1942) by Maruja Mallo (Lugo, 1902 – Madrid, 1995) and the piece Mobile #3 (2021) of Maria Campos Pons (Matanzas, Cuba, 1959).
Maruja Mallo, a painter framed in the School of Paris and linked to surrealism, went into exile during the Spanish Civil War and toured a large part of America, where her work was highly recognized. In 1937 she settled in Buenos Aires and her activity became key to the local art scene. According to her, she reviewed the Malba, the series titled living natures reflects the fascination of the Spanish artist for the coasts of Chile and Uruguay.
The series consists of 16 works made between 1941 and 1943 with jellyfish, orchids, starfish, shells and roses, painted in bright colors and geometric perfection. “The compositions in this series, of extraordinary virtuosity, reveal underlying geometric patterns that she called ‘harmonic traces,’” she explained. marita garciachief curator of the Malba.
For her part, the artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons explores in his creations the complexity of his heterogeneous Cuban identity through painting, installation, video, photography, sculpture and performance. his series The rise of the butterflies (“The ascent of the butterflies”), is dedicated to Breonna Tayloran African-American woman whose violent death at the hands of the police in March 2020 in Louisville (Kentucky, United States), is part of the movement black lives matter.
The work of the Cuban artist acquired by Malba, Mobile #3, is a glass mobile made with Murano glass techniques and its colors are inspired by the pigmentation of the wings of butterflies and the exuberant patterns and designs of nature. “This piece by the Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons it allows us to broaden the representation of the Caribbean in the Malba Collection and to do so with the richness of her multi-ethnic heritage, given that the artist grew up on a sugar plantation and in a family with Nigerian, Hispanic and Chinese roots”, said Marita García .
In addition to the pieces of Maruja Mallo Y Maria Magdalena Campos-PonsWithin the framework of the arteBA 2022 art fair, Malba also included this year five works by three Argentine artists: Edgardo Antonio Vigo, Claudia del Rio Y Florence Rodriguez Giles.