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GEGO [Gertrude Goldschmidt]

Gego installing Reticularea, 1969, at the Museo de Bellas Artes. Photo courtesy Juan Santana and Fundacion Gego

The Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo MASP, the Fundación JUMEX de México, the Museo dArt Contemporani de Barcelona MACBA, and Tate Modern de Londres have organized a great retrospective exhibition of Gego's work (Gertrud Goldschmidt, Hamburg 1912-Caracas, 1994), one of the most significant post-war artists emerging in the second half of the 20th century in Latin America.

Her interdisciplinary artistic output spanned architecture, design, sculpture, drawing, graphics, textiles, site-specific facilities, public works, and pedagogy. For this reason, the exhibition covers a variety of media from the late 1940s to the early 1990s, to account for the artist's extensive production.

Trained as an engineer-architect by the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Gego faced Nazi persecution, which led her in 1939 to emigrate to Venezuela, where she became a pioneer of geometric abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s. The artist explored the relationships between line, space and volume, in a bold and systematic three-dimensional complex of wires. Her organic forms, linear structures, and modular abstractions methodically address the notions of transparency, energy, tension, spatial relationship, and optical movement.

Entitled: Gego, The emancipated line, the exhibition is held under the curatorship of Pablo León de la Barra, Julieta González and Tanya Barso.