And the Giants Crossed the Atlantic
With 150 works from the collection of the Deutsche Bank, the exhibition “The Return of the Giants” documents the triumph of “Heftige Malerei” or “Fierce Painting” in Germany. On October 25, the exhibition’s extended Latin American tour will begin in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico, after which it will continue its tour through Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.
For the Spanish catalogue “El Regreso de los Gigantes,” the Brazilian curator Ivo Mesquita, a renowned expert on Latin American art, formulated an essay on the influence contemporary German painting has had on the artists of the South American continent between 1975 and 1985. Mesquita was a curator for the São Paulo Biennial Foundation from 1980 to 1988; today, he’s a guest professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Excerpts from his text, to this date unpublished in Germany, are appearing here for the first time at db-art.info.