Gego: Measuring Infinity
11.07.2023 - 02.04.2024
In the fall of 2023, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will present a retrospective devoted to the work of German-Venezuelan artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, b. 1912, Hamburg; d. 1994, Caracas).
This chronological survey will chart the evolution of the artist’s distinctive approach to abstraction through her organic forms, linear structures, and systematic spatial investigations. Among the works featured in this presentation will include the artist’s sculptures, drawings, prints, artist’s books, and textiles ranging from the early 1950s to the early 1990s. Gego is one of the most significant artists to emerge in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Trained as an architect and engineer in Germany in 1939, she fled Nazi persecution and immigrated to Venezuela, where she embarked on her artistic career. The exhibition will demonstrate Gego’s significant formal and conceptual contributions to modern and contemporary art, highlighting her intersections with key transnational art movements, such as Geometric Abstraction, Kinetic art, Minimalism, and Post-Minimalism.
The museum is thankful for the tremendous support and close collaboration provided by the Fundación Gego and its directors, Tomas Gunz and Barbara Gunz, as well as the Foundation’s staff and Board, who generously provided unrestricted access to their collection and archives.
This exhibition forms part of a larger tour presented at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Curator: Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães