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Moderno: Latin American Design

March 02, 2015

The oldest private gallery exhibiting Latin American art in the United States once again opens its doors to the designs that brought the International Style to the buoyant Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela of the 40s, all the way to the 70s.

The exhibition gathers 80 modern designs for living. An ensemble of technical objects produced to be intimately operated by the individual. Pottery, tables, cutlery, chairs, sofas, vases or blueprints are presented as utterances that build a speech that not only tells a story, but transforms societies and ultimately whole regions.

Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela became strong proponents and active implementers of the economic theory known as Developmentalism during the 40s and 50s. These state-run agendas for industrialization were interwoven with wider utopian ideals that merging with European Modernism and the total art principles of the Bauhaus resulted in projects like the monumental city of Brasilia or the even larger individual aspirations of social progress....

Read the full art review here.