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Gego: Exploring Infinity at the Guggenheim Bilbao

Jesus Carames

April 11, 2023 | 9:00 p.m.

The retrospective of the Venezuelan-German artist is presented in New York and then in Bilbao

Gego, the German-Venezuelan architect and artist, whose work encompasses themes of geometric abstraction and kinetic art, takes center stage in a major retrospective at the New York Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition, titled Gego: Measuring Infinity, presents more than 200 works that cover four decades of artistic production, from 1950 to 1990.

The beginnings of Gego

Gertrud Goldschmidt, better known as Gego, was born in Hamburg in 1912 and moved to Venezuela in 1939. Throughout her career, Gego developed a unique style in contemporary Venezuelan art, using metal mesh and geometric patterns to create ethereal and light that challenge traditional artistic categories.

The exhibition at the Guggenheim

The exhibition at the Guggenheim is organized into five levels, each dedicated to a different stage of Gego's career:

  1. Early works (1953-1960)
  2. Parallel lines (1957-1968)
  3. Tamarind lithography workshop and images of public works and architectural environments
  4. Jets, Trunks and Spheres (1970-1977)
  5. Drawings without paper, Bugs, Bugs and Weavings (1976-1991)

In addition to works of art, the exhibition includes photographs, letters, textiles, prints, and books that document Gego's creative process and his evolution as an artist.

Gego's legacy

Despite its importance in Venezuelan and Latin American art, Gego's work is not widely known internationally. The retrospective at the Guggenheim seeks to change this, presenting his work to a broader audience and highlighting his unique contribution to contemporary art.

Josefina Manrique, curator of the Gego Foundation, points out that the exhibition is an important opportunity to preserve and publicize the artist's work, as well as to explore its impact on contemporary art in an international context.

Gego in other museums

After the presentation in New York, Gego: Measuring Infinity will move to Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Gego's work can also be found in the collections of other important museums, such as the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

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