The exhibition Pistas (Traces), which is composed of a limited selection of works from collections of the Emilio Pettoruti Provintial Museum of Fine Arts and the MUNTREF, traces historical-artistic tours of 20th century Argentina.
With the exhibition Pistas (Tracks), the MUNTREF Museum of Visual Arts reopened its doors to the public and joined the opening of the third edition of BIENALSUR, an art platform that is being developed simultaneously in more than 124 venues in 23 countries and 50 cities around the world. The opening was attended by the general director of BIENALSUR and rector of UNTREF, Aníbal Jozami; the vice-rector Martín Kaufmann; the artistic director of BIENALSUR and curator of the exhibition, Diana Wechsler; the deputy secretary of Cultural Policies of the province of Buenos Aires, Victoria Onetto; and the art graduate and head of Heritage of the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Valeria Semilla.
The pieces that make up Pistas include works by Argentine artists such as Emilio Pettoruti, Antonio Asís, César Paternosto, Alfredo Gramajo Gutiérrez, Enio Iommi, Juan Melé, Pablo Páez, Javier Plano, Alejandro Puente, Víctor Rebuffo, Carlos Sessano, Clorindo Testa and Daniel Santoro; Italians Juan Del Prete and Líbero Badíi; Spaniard Pompeyo Audivert; and German Anne-Marie Heinrich, among others, with the support of the Deputy secretary of Cultural Policies of the Ministry of Production, Science and Technological Innovation of the province of Buenos Aires.
“This meeting has an important festive value since we are gathered in a hall that has a 12-year history of artistic inaugurations,” said Jozami referring to the MUNTREF Museum of Visual Arts, kilometer 18 of BIENALSUR’s cartography, and the first of the five museums of the UNTREF.
“We want to thank the support of the Deputy secretary of Cultural Policies, Victoria Onetto, who is with us today, and the Emilio Pettoruti Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, with whom we worked together for this exhibition,” added the rector, who stressed the importance for the art world that both MUNTREF and Emilio Pettoruti collections are shown together.
On the other hand, Jozami highlighted the Teacher Training Program in Visual Arts, a free training space aimed at teachers, management teams and supervisors of formal and non-formal education institutions from all over the country, which currently reaches more than 700 people. “This activity is a clear example to encourage the democratization of culture that we promote from MUNTREF,” said the rector.
For her part, the Deputy Secretary of Cultural Policies of the Ministry of Production, Science and Technological Innovation of the province of Buenos Aires, Victoria Onetto, said she felt “very proud” to carry out a joint work with the UNTREF museum.
“From art we can criticize and subvert the established order and we are convinced that culture is a tool for social transformation,” stated Onetto, and she specified that exhibitions such as those on display at the MUNTREF Museum of Visual Arts call on neighbors to get closer to art as it will bring about the social changes that the community needs to improve its quality of life.
The Deputy Secretary of Cultural Policies added that from her space the access of equal qualified artistic and cultural proposals throughout the province of Buenos Aires is promoted, and remarked that joint actions such as those developed with MUNTREF reinforce the idea of “struggling to achieve what we believe is fair”.
During the inauguration, Diana Wechsler went through the exhibited works and guided the audience, explaining, informing, and detailing each of the works that make up Pistas (Tracks). The artistic director of BIENALSUR and of UNTREF’s Department of Art and Culture pointed out that such works contemplate a “manifestation of society in the face of oppression”, and said that they are a way of “integrating art to life”.
The curator emphasized that the show exhibits, from Pettoruti’s work and through the productions of different artists of the 20th century, a commitment to map historical-artistic routes in our country, and agreed with Jozami on the importance of the Teacher Training Program in Arts as a clear example of how the pandemic restructured the activities and a way of “re-working from different approaches, the works that already are in the museums of the UNTREF”.
Pistas can be visited free of charge from Monday to Saturday between noon and 8:00 p.m. at Valentín Gómez 4828, Caseros.