Showing posts with label museum of modern art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museum of modern art. Show all posts

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Evocative Photos of Ramón Giovanni

Portrait of a man in Bogotá.
Bogotá's Museo de Arte Moderno is hosting an exhibition by Cuban-born photographer Ramón Giovanni, an architect by training who lived his first years in Cuba and Mexico. Most of the exhibition's images are of Colombia, others of Cuba and even north Africa. His work strikes me as evocative and expressive. The photos suggest to me the stories of the people and places.

An uncharacteristic scene of Bogotá.
In Candelaria, Valle Department.
A family in La Chamba, Tolima.

The Sahara Desert, Morocco.
A man in San Andres Island, Colombia.
San Onofre, Sucre Department, Colombia.
Tuquerres, Nariño Department, Colombia.
Wayúu men, La Guajira, Colombia.
An old man and old cars, Cuba.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Legend's Son Picks up a Camera

An older indigenous woman and a girl in the Sierra de Santa Marta.
Fernando Cano's greatest claim to fame has to be his parentage: He's the son of famed Colombian newspaper editor Guillermo Cano, who was gunned down in La Candelaria in 1986 on orders of Pablo Escobar.

Rather than a typewriter, the younger Cano picked up a camera. His photos, of indigenous people, a homeless man and everyday scenes of humble people, are on display now in the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogotá.

A Kogui indigenous man looks out a window in the Sierra de Santa Marta.
A homeless man who lived on Cano's street in Bogotá.

A girl in a kitchen in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Indigenous Kogui men meet with a mamu.

Ché Guevara?

Chicheria, Boyacá.
A miner in Boyacá.

A joropo dancer.

Wayúu fighters, La Guajira,
An indigenous woman walks on the beach.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The MAMBO Celebrates a Half-Century

Sergio Tujillo Magnenat, Fantasia, 1932.

The Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, the MAMBO, is celebrating 50 years of existence right now with a retrospective from its collection. This selection of the museum's collection of 4,517 works of art covers a wide spectrum, including abstracts, political commentary, entertaining stuff. It also includes works which don't look like art to me.

Fifty years ago, the MAMBO held its first exhibition in the BLAA library in La Candelaria. Since then, it's been in the National University, a Bavaria building and the Planetarium. It moved to its present building, on Calle 24 and carrera 5, beside the National Library, in 1979.

The MAMBO's cubic building is a bit boring.

A man gets kicked while he's down, in an untitled 1971 work by Rafael Canogar

Untitled, by Equipo Cronica. Is this the CIA meddling in Chile, then governed by a US-backed dictatorship?

Silla (Chair), by Ramiro Gomez, 1971.

The note in his hand says 'Colombian history by Esso, Texaco and Others.

La Adivina, by Enrique Grau, 1956.

Las Segadoras, 1895, by Andres de Santa Maria.

The image on the wall looks like Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, the assassinated populist politician. 

Top, by Carlos Zerpa, All Hands Aboard, 1983;  Below,  Cabina 21, by Jose Antonio Davila, 1971.
Self portrait making never looked so pretty. Dora Franco takes her own photo in 1987.

By Alvaro Barrios, but is this art?

Looks like someone wanted to be Picasso.

Is this art?

Are these chairs art?

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours