Proa Foundation: an exhibition of the most internationally recognized Argentine artists

March 22, 2024 | nadiaevangelina

Proa Foundation inaugurated the exhibition "Lo que la noche le cuenta al día" (What the night tells the day), based on the migratory movements in Argentina, and brings together the country's most prestigious artists of the last decades. The proposal originated at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (PAC) in Milan, curated by Andrés Duprat (director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) together with Diego Sileo, curator of the PAC in Milan.

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Through a series of photographs, installations, sculptures, videos, and performances by 22 internationally acclaimed Argentine artists, the exhibition explores the diversity of views and expressions of the culture of a country that in the past was the destination of the great European migrations. As a tribute, the exhibition takes its title from the homonymous novel by Argentine writer Héctor Bianciotti, whose plot is intertwined with the curators' careful selection, as it tells the story of his parents' migration and his own migration to Europe.

The itinerary enriches its narrative with recent works produced by prominent artists who, through diverse supports and poetics, abound in those key episodes of Argentine history. The tour presents emblematic works such as León Ferrari's "Western and Christian Civilization"; Lucio Fontana's famous slashes; Alberto Greco's provocative performances in Italy; the series of photographs that record Liliana Maresca's nude performance in the magazine El Libertino; there are also images and a video of Marta Minujín during the broadcasting of a program in which the artist created a live performance. An installation by Liliana Porter welcomes the exhibition.

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For his part, Leandro Erlich presents Brooms: a structure formed by two identical brooms resting on each other that create in the viewer the false illusion of a mirror. Jorge Macchi gives autonomy to a suitcase that slides through the room, disturbing the visitor's path. In the next room, Tomás Saraceno presents the video "Vuela con Pacha, hacia el Aeroceno" based on an action carried out in the Salinas Grandes basin, Jujuy, with the local population protecting their ancestral lands from lithium extraction.

Other participants are Eduardo Basualdo, Mariana Bellotto, Adriana Bustos, Matías Duville, Lucio Fontana, Ana Gallardo, Alberto Greco, Cristina Piffer, Nicolás Robbio, Miguel Rothschild, Graciela Sacco, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Mariela Scafati, Juan Sorrentino and Adrián Villar Rojas.

In November 2023, the exhibition was inaugurated in the PAC space with the presence of the artists and curators, within the framework of a program carried out by this institution to show contemporary art from other countries in the Italian context. From that moment on, Proa Foundation has been involved in the exhibition, collaborating with the diffusion of Argentine art abroad.

The exhibition is complemented by an extensive program of activities organized by the Education Department of Fundación Proa to deepen the themes of the works and their scope in contemporary art.

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"Lo que la noche le cuenta al día"
Location: PROA Foundation, Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1929, C1169 CABA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Opening Date: 16th March 2024 
End Date: 11th June 2024
Working hours: Thursday-Sunday: 12pm to 19 pm
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Eduardo Basualdo
Mariana Bellotto
Adriana Bustos
Matías Duville
Leandro Erlich
León Ferrari
Lucio Fontana
Ana Gallardo
Alberto Greco
Jorge Macchi
Liliana Maresca
Marta Minujín
Cristina Piffer
Liliana Porter
Nicolás Robbio
Miguel Rothschild
Graciela Sacco
Alessandra Sanguinetti
Tomás Saraceno
Mariela Scafati
Juan Sorrentino
Adrián Villar Rojo

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