Exhibition of Peruvian modern art

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The 1960s were an important time for Peruvian art. In general, the panorama opened up with the opening of an incipient consumer society. In that context, some local artists explored new horizons such as figurative and abstract works.

In that way, words like objectivism, happening and installation entered into the artistic vocabulary. These are terms that in modern, globalized days are everyday and that form part of the urban imagery, thanks to advertising and the mass media.

But back in the 60s, to dare to make an installation, and environmental piece of a happening went against all artistic conventions. Local artists were even accused of copying the works of Americans and Eurpoeans. These initiatives, some of the going on in isolation, contributed to the modern, heterogeneous art world.

To rescue these forgotten proposals for posterity is the mission of curators Miguel López and Emilio Tarazona with their new exhibition “The persistence of the ephemeral – origins of Peruvian non-objectivism (1965-1975)”, which opened yesterday at the Spanish Cultural Center (Natalio Sánchez 181, Santa Beatriz, at block 6 of Av. Arequipa). It remains open until April 30th.

“These works form part of the ephemeral arts not just to take away the fetishistic nature of the artwork, but also because their own physical support is precarous,” said Tarazona. And it leads to the question, where has this history been written? López and Tarazona have set out to illuminate in this respect.

“The precariousness of the physical support is mirrored in a historiographical precariousness. We must not undervalue this, given that it was a social phenomenon of the time,” said López, speaking also for his colleague.

Artists represented:

A)Jorge E. Eielson, Mario Acha, Rafael Hastings, Emilio Hernández Saavedra, Luis Arias Vera, Teresa Burga, Gloria Gómez-Sánchez, Yvonne von Mollendorf, Regina Aprijaskis y Jesús Ruiz Durand.B)Jorge Bernuy, Felipe Buendía, Eduardo Castilla, Hilda Chirinos, Leonor Chocano, Jaime Dávila, Rubela Dávila, Queta Gaillour, Ernesto Maguiña, Miguel Malatesta, Efraín Montero, Cristina Portocarrero, Consuelo Rabanal, José Tang, Gilberto Urday y Luis Zevallos Hetzel.

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