Uruguay, for one, believes in keeping the old pavilion going after 30 years. Their 'maestro' Pablo Atchugarry takes refuge in nature with his sculptures. These transform marble in the act of capturing the essence of a dreamworld. The mere act of transhipping these megaliths, and depositing them outside the well preserved Uruguayan pavilion reminds one of older traditions of the Biennale, involving sail, steam, horse and cart. Atchugarry's contribution perhaps best commemorates this spirit of perseverance, perfectionism and integrity that history has struggled to save (but only just), with these beautiful fragments of an ancient tradition which now glow, almost translucently, in the same way as the ghosts that still haunt the Biennale.
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection brings together more than 80 artworks by Uruguayans, Argentines, Venezuelans and Brazilians, a total of 26 artists who intensely transformed the visual arts in their countries from 1930 onwards.