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Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana

Shirin Neshat, Untitled (Rapture Series), 1999, Gelatin silver print

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation announces the launch of CIFO Europa CIFO: Una mirada múltiple.

Miami – February 2012 – The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is proud to announce the launch of CIFO Europa. As a branch to CIFO Miami, it was created to continue the foundation’s mission of fostering cultural exchange among the visual arts and to promote contemporary art from Latin America.

In the ten years since its founding, CIFO has impacted the Latin American art community by being one of its strongest supporters. Its most successful program, CIFO’s annual Grants and Commissions Program, offers emerging and mid-career contemporary artists from Latin America opportunities to develop and present new work and provides them a unique platform to present projects to local and international audiences. CIFO Europa will become another vehicle in this process.

“CIFO Europa headquarters will be located in Madrid. It was created as an additional platform for artists” says Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Founder and President of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.  “As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are proud to see how far we have come and how we continue to renew our commitment to keep supporting and promoting Contemporary Art from Latin America.”

One of CIFO Europa’s initiatives will be the organization of CIFO: Una mirada múltiple. Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection and its presentation at the Museo Nacional de Bella Artes in Havana, Cuba.  Curated by Osbel Suárez, the exhibition will coincide with the 11th Havana Biennial, taking place from May 11th – June 11th, 2012, and will remain open to the public through August 20, 2012.  This exhibit marks the first time a complete exhibition containing works from the contemporary art holdings of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection are exhibited outside of CIFO’s walls.

The exhibition, CIFO: Una mirada múltiple, does not adopt the usual chronological approach of organizing the pieces according to their dates, which range from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. Instead, it showcases a cross section of the collection and presents to the public a compilation of works by over 60 artists from North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, who have witnessed and played key roles in changes that have occurred in the most significant trends in art over the last fifty years.

The list of artists included in this exhibition reflects the weight and importance of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, showcasing a noteworthy range of critically acclaimed artists such as Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Sophie Calle, Maria Fernanda Cardoso,  Olafur Eliasson, Tracy Emin, Andreas Gursky, Joseph Kosuth, Eugenio Espinoza, Subdoh Gupta, Mona Hatoum, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Ai Wei Wei and also featuring emerging and mid-career artists who hold key significance for the Collection’s patron and CIFO’s Founder and President, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.

For more information on the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation or on how to support CIFO’s mission and the CIFO Art Space, please visit our website at www.cifo.org .

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