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30 Mar 2006

The "FEMSA Collection: A Continental View" Taken to the National Hispanic Cultural Center of Albuquerque, New Mexico

A selection of 58 works of this important art collection can be admired from


Thursday, 03/30/2006, 12:00:00 am

Monterrey, N.L. March 30th, 2006.- The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC), in collaboration with FEMSA, a leading Latin American beverage firm, announced today that as of April 1st through August 13th, this cultural space will house the “FEMSA Collection, A Continental View”, composed of an important selection of one of the most important art collections of Mexico and Latin America, the FEMSA Collection.

The FEMSA Collection gathers more than 1,000 works of different artistic manifestations, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphics, photography and installations, illustrating a promenade through modern and contemporary Latin American art, with emphasis on what is Mexican.

As diverse and rich as Latin America itself, the “FEMSA Collection: A Continental View”, offers a close-up of plastic production that in this field has been generated by both local as well as foreign artists, from the first decades of the previous century to the present.

Sponsored by the humanist vocation of FEMSA and the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, on November 7th, 1977, the Museum of Monterrey was born, an installation that over its 23 years of existence has been the cornerstone of cultural development of the Northeastern area of Mexico. In that same year the formation of this art collection began, which is currently known as the FEMSA Collection.

The FEMSA Collection is a pioneer in the area of corporate art collections, both in the initiative of its formation as well as in the parallel commitment of its diffusion.

Among the private and public art collections of Mexico, it stands out due to its emphasis on the last three decades of the XX Century and the beginning of the XXI, although in general it encompasses the period between 1914 and 2005.

From the end of 2000 to date, selections of the FEMSA Collection have been seen by more than 1.2 million people in 29 exhibition locations in Mexico and four located abroad, such as: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO), the Museum of Art of Queretaro, the Casa Redonda Museum of Chihuahua, the Amparo Museum of Puebla, the National Art Museum, the Ponce Art Museum of Puerto Rico, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Meadows Museum of Dallas, these last two in Texas.

Karen Cordero Reiman, an art critic and a full-time academician of the Department of Art of the Iberoamerican University, commissioned as curator for this exhibition, commented that the sample offers a reading of the FEMSA Collection stemming from the thematic relations and formal dialogue between the works.

“The selection has been divided into three thematic nuclei: ‘Locations’, ‘Inscriptions’ and ‘Narrations’ that seek to evoke diverse aspects of the artistic process and characteristics of the collection in each one of the segments that compose it, as well as its constant opening to new plastic manifestations of contemporary art, that invite the public to draw near them”, she indicated.

Ms. Rosa Maria Rodriguez Garza, in charge of FEMSA’s Cultural Projects Program, as well as coordinator of this exhibition, stated that “with the particularity of being focused on Latin American art, the FEMSA Collection now arrives to the NHCC with more than fifty pieces that include not only the most representative of this collection, but also works that have been recently added through the FEMSA Monterrey Biennial, one of the most prestigious artistic contests in Mexico.

She added that the “FEMSA Collection: A Continental View” is composed of works of art of great artistic value, such as: The Great One of Spain (1914) by Diego Rivera, The Cornfield (1955) by Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl), Sleeping Woman (1947) by David Alfaro Siqueiros and Edulis (1942) by Roberto Matta, to name a few.

She added that the “FEMSA Collection: A Continental View” works of art of great artistic value can be seen, such as: The Great One of Spain (1914) by Diego Rivera, The Cornfield (1955) by Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl), Sleeping Woman (1947) by David Alfaro Siqueiros and Edulis (1942) by Roberto Matta, to name a few.

Furthermore, she mentioned, there are also other great exponents of genial drawing such as Rufino Tamayo, Maria Izquierdo, Angel Zarraga, Olga Costa, Jose Bedia, Cordelia Urueta and Pedro Figari.

Moreover, she commented, there are also other great exponents of genial drawing such as Rufino Tamayo, Maria Izquierdo, Angel Zarraga, Olga Costa, Jose Bedia, Cordelia Urueta and Pedro Figari.

Regarding sculpture, works are included with signatures such as those of Sebastian (Enrique Carbajal) and Luis Ortiz Monasterio, while the more contemporary languages run on behalf of Marco Arce, Leda Catunda and Bestabee Romero.

Works of artists such as Gerardo Azcunaga, Francisco Larios, Alberto Ibañez and Diego Toledo, and others is representing the talent of some of the winners of the FEMSA Monterrey Biennial.
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