The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s


The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s

February 16, 2020
August 30, 2020

About the Exhibition

The 1920s were a period of rapid modernization and artistic innovation across the globe; magazines played an integral role in disseminating bold new ideas and movements. The Avant-Garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s explores this history in Latin America through the magazine Amauta, published in Peru from 1926 to 1930. With an expansive network of collaborators, Amauta captured major artistic and political conversations of the decade including international discussions of the avant-garde, traditional craft as innovation, the visual identity of leftist politics, and the movement of Indigenism. The exhibition has more than 200 objects — including paintings, sculptures, poetry, ceramics, tapestries, woodcut prints, publications, and ephemera —  that richly evoke the milieu of this radical period.

Curated by Beverly Adams, Former Curator of Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art, now Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and Natalia Majluf, Former Director and Chief Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru

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Gabriel Fernández Ledesma, Escultura y talla directa [Sculpture and Direct Chiseling], 1928, woodcut, 12 5/16 x 12 1/2 in., Colección Andrés Blaisten, Mexico City Courtesy Olinca Fernández Ledesma Villaseñor, Photo: courtesy of Colección Andrés Blaisten
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Tour Info

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain
February 20, 2019 – May 27, 2019

Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru
June 20, 2019 – September 22, 2019

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City
October 17, 2019 – January 12, 2020


The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Lima.

Major funding for the exhibition is provided by The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.

Generous funding is also provided by Judy and Charles Tate, Jeanne and Michael Klein, PromPerú, and the Scurlock Foundation Exhibition Endowment, with additional support from Sarah and Ernest Butler.

Image Credit

Installation View of The Avant-Garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s, February 16 – August 30, 2020, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

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