March 24, 2019
The University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art presents Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978, an exhibition organized by the New York-based Americas Society and the first to explore the way in which design transformed domestic landscapes in Latin America, during a period of significant stylistic developments and major social and political changes.
The show, open through January 17, features more than 130 works, including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and graphic design by Lina Bo Bardi, Clara Porset, and Miguel Arroyo, among others. The presentation at the Blanton Museum expands on the New York exhibition with the inclusion of additional furniture, domestic objects, and a selection of Brazilian, Mexican, and Venezuelan paintings from both the Blanton Museum’s own holdings and private collections.
Like many important artists, during the 1940s and 50s Latin American designers were influenced by an influx of European and North American creative’s and drew inspiration from the work of the Bauhaus school and other European avant-garde groups of the period. While incorporating the tenets of European and North American modernism into their work, Latin American designers retained the cultural nuance and artistic traditions of their respective countries.