This international survey of the work of Gertrud Goldschmidt, known as Gego (Hamburg, 1912 – Caracas, 1994)—one of the most important postwar artists in Latin America—charts her interdisciplinary artistic production through different yet interrelated fields: architecture, design, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fabric, site-specific installations, spatial interventions, public art and pedagogy. Arranged chronologically, the exhibition includes over 120 works in a variety of media from the early 1950s to the early 1990s, encompassing every period in the artists’ production.
A trained architect and engineer at the Technische Hochschule of Stuttgart, Gego fled Nazi persecution in 1939 and immigrated to Venezuela, where she remained for the rest of her life. She became a leading figure of the emerging artistic movements of the second half of the twentieth century, including Geometric Abstraction and Kinetic Art in the 1950-60s.
Gego: Measuring Infinity is organized by Museo Jumex, Mexico City; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand—MASP.
The exhibition was developed by Julieta González, Artistic Director, Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York, and former Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand—MASP; in collaboration with Tanya Barson, former Chief Curator, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; and Michael Wellen, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern, London.
Coordinated at Museo Jumex by Cindy Peña, Curatorial Assistant.
Image: Gego installing the Reticulárea. Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, 1980.
Photo: Christian Belpaire, Archivo Fundación Gego