Gustavo Cisneros and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

MoMA Receives Major Gift of Latin American Art from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

The Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today that the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has donated a historic gift of more than a hundred works of modern art by Latin American artists, and that the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America will be established in her name.

During a press conference on Monday, October 17, MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry said that the gift will “transform the way people think about Latin American works in relation to modernism.” Cisneros, collector and longtime supporter of the arts and education, said the opening of the institute is “something we've been working towards for the last forty years or so.”

Patricia and Gustavo Cisneros previously donated forty works to the museum, and 102 works are now being added to the donation including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made between the 1940s and the 1990s by thirty-seven artists working in Brazil, Venezuela, and the Río de la Plata region of Argentina and Uruguay. Artists represented in the gift include Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Jesús Rafael Soto, Alejandro Otero, and Tomás Maldonado.

The Cisneros Research Institute will be dedicated to an expansive approach toward the study and interpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America. It will be located at MoMA’s main location at 11 West Fifty-Third Street. Patricia Cisneros is a longtime MoMA trustee and a member of several acquisitions and funding committees, including the Latin American and Caribbean fund, of which she is chair and founder.