A visit that combines images, music and poetry. From her farm in San Miguel del Monte, Isol shares the secrets to the creation of her book Mariposa del aire (Butterfly of the Air) in which she illustrated poems by the great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, accompanied by music from the guitarist Alejo de los Reyes.
Mariposa del aire (Butterfly of the Air) was published as part of the Reading Plan run by the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires in 2019. The video was made in July 2020. The songs were recorded during a concert by Isol at the Library of Congress in July 2019.
Marisol Misenta, known as Isol (Buenos Aires, 1972), is a well-known illustrator and author with a distinctive personal style full of both candour and irony who has been published in Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Korea, the USA and Argentina. Her first book, Vida de perros (A Dog’s Life), was published in 1997, after receiving an Honourable Mention in the Competition ‘A la orilla del Viento’, organized by the Fondo de Cultura Económica de México. She went on to publish books she authored herself and to illustrate texts by other writers such as Jorge Luján and Paul Auster. Her book Petit, el monstruo (Petit the Monster), inspired a children’s cartoon series. She has won several awards including the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2013 ALMA (Swedish National Council of Culture) for her career, and a Special Mention as Finalist in the Hans Christian Andersen Awards in 2006 and 2007 (included among the five best illustrators of children’s books in the world) organized by IBBY/International Board of Books for Young People, Switzerland. She was also nominated by the Banco del Libro de Venezuela, a member of the IBBY, for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2008 and was named a Selected Artist by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), USA, for her book Tener un patito es útil (Having a Duckling is Useful) featuring in its prestigious annual and the exhibition “AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers 2007” for its concept and design.
Alejo de los Reyes is very active on both the popular Argentine music scene (especially Argentine tango) and as a classical guitarist. His career began at the age of eleven when he first played in his home town of Chivilcoy (Argentina), and has taken him all over Argentina, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. Stand out concerts include his work for the Les jeudis de la guitare and Amarcordes cycles (Switzerland), and those for the ‘Andrés Segovia’ Foundation and the ‘José Luis Romanillos’ String Instrument Association (Spain). As leader of his own group, Cuarteto De los Reyes, he recorded two albums accompanying the singers Rubén Llaneza (singer for the Joaquín Do Reyes orchestra in the 1950s) and Paula Serrano. He also recorded two more as a member of the trio Fulanos de Tal. In 2011, he recorded his first album as a soloist, Tierra querida (Beloved Land), featuring his versions of classic tangos for solo guitar. In 2017 he released his second album, Sobretarde (RGS Music), dedicated entirely to the work of Abel Fleury, the iconic Argentine guitarist and composer.
Federico García Lorca (Fuente Vaqueros, 5 June 1898-Road from Víznar to Alfacar, Granada, 18 August, 1936) was a Spanish poet, playwright and writer. A member of the generation of 27, he was the most influential and popular Spanish poet of the 20th century. He is considered one of the best Spanish playwrights of the 20th century along with Valle-Inclán and Buero Vallejo. He was murdered after the Coup D’Etat that began the Spanish Civil War. His poetry combines popular and elite traditions.
In 1933, the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga suggested in his book Homo ludens that play is an essential, foundational element in the generation of a culture (albeit not sufficient on its own).
Art and play might be considered two sides of the same coin: they’re both processes by which we lend meaning to our passage through life. The history of humanity itself could be read as a playful/creative project in which new worlds are constructed and reality transformed through work with different materials.
These processes raise an endless number of questions but they include the following: How much of the creative process of artists is play? How do the emotions we experience during childhood seep into our adult realities? In both play and art, adults and children are on a level playing field. In both, we immerse ourselves in experimentation that can transform our reality, that opens up free, liberated spaces in which to explore our dreams and identity. Art and play break down our prejudices about knowledge, giving it new meaning, confronting us with the absurd, the unexpected and the impossible from a position that leaves us feeling renewed. Art and play are both rights with which we must fully engage as we construct our worlds. And perhaps now more than ever it is essential that we indulge in them if we are to find a creative response to adversity.
The artwork that provided the spark of inspiration for these unusual winter holidays is Nube elefante (Colourful Elephant), the colourful plasticine installation by the artist Mauro Koliva, from Misiones, which featured in the exhibition A History of the Imagination in Argentina, presented in the Moderno’s galleries in 2019. In it strange and fascinating creatures – which the artist gave the feel of the Paraná riverscape – stimulate our senses and invite us to unleash our imagination and playfulness.
Nube elefante, 2019
Instalación de plastilina
150 x 200 x 50 cm (medidas de la base)
Colección del artista
During our fifteen day programme we will be honoured to host great creators, artists and educators as they share their playful ideas with us: the illustrator and singer Isol, El pequeño coleccionista (The Little Collector project led from São Paulo by Mariane Klettenhofer, Paula Azevedo and Artur Lescher), Cecilia Lenardón, Fátima Pecci Carou, Marcela Sinclair, Jaír Jesús Toledo, and Adriana Fernández, among others.
The set of comics that are developed in Vito Ver and Vito Verá were carried out by Ernesto Ballesteros since 1984. To celebrate the presence of the artist at the 56th Venice Biennale, in 2015 the Modern Museum held a publication that brings together an important set of these pieces. Today we invite go through the pages of this book and zoom in on one of the guiding forces of Ballesteros’ artistic work: his interest in making visible unseen.
Ernesto Ballesteros (1963) is a plastic artist. He attended the Prilidiano School of Fine Arts Pueyrredón between 1983 and 1986 but his training was essentially self-taught, in the workshops by Ernesto Murillo, Alberto Bruzzone, Jorge Melo and Juan Doffo. Since 1983 participates in collective and individual exhibitions in Argentina and abroad. He was selected for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and for La Biennale de Lyon in 2011. The nature of his work has led to involvement in extra-artistic fields such as comics, astrophotography and indoor model aircraft.
The curators of our Listen [Visual Sounds] cycle, Jorge Haro and Leandro Frías, bring us music to liven up our week. They suggest three volumes of Soothing Sounds for Baby by the American composer, pianist, producer and inventor Raymond Scott, an iconic recreational/educational album entitled Concierto familiar infantil played by the Orquesta Sinfónica| de Minería (Mexico) and two notable albums by the Argentine composer and professor Judith Akoschky, a specialist in musical education and initiation: Cuadros Sonoros (Volume 1) and Ruidos y ruiditos (Vol. 2).
These sound recordings are joined by the following audiovisual links which feature Listen MINI recordings, Listen (Visual Sounds) participative sound experiences for children.
Also available is the application Biophilia created by the Icelandic singer Björk and the interactive artist Scott Snibbe in collaboration with other creators, designers, scientists, instrument makers and software developers. It is one of the elements of the artist’s 2011 release which combined musical recordings, applications, internet activities, installations and live concerts. The universe of the application is available via this link.
Available on iOS and Android.
Listen [Visual Sounds] also recommends this mini documentary about an extraordinary experience provided by the children’s orchestra of Spain, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
The Pablo Ducrós Hicken Museum of Cinema, through Raúl Manrupe (the historian and researcher of advertising and animation archives at said institution) and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, with its cycle ‘Cinema is Something Else’, pay homage to a great creator and pioneer in the history of children’s film..
Víctor Aytor Iturralde Rúa (Buenos Aires, 1927-2004) was a film critic, filmmaker, animator, documentary maker, writer, researcher, historian and film club organizer. In 1956 he set up Recreo Infantil La Calesita, inspired by the Parisian filmmaker and educator Sonika Bo and especially the teachers Olga and Leticia Cossetini from the city of Rosario, Argentina. He went on to develop the idea of children’s film clubs, putting on films and events designed for children. He became famous on Argentine television bringing his high quality material into the homes of thousands of children from the 70s on La luna de Canela con Canela, up to Cine Club Infantil and his work as a consultant for the programme Caloi en su tinta.
Cinemascope 35 mm
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Works of art open doors to new worlds, building bridges to other disciplines
and stories. Adriana Fernández, a specialist in children’s and youth literature,
recommends her favourite stories to read during holiday week and reflects
on the relationship between comedy, literature and childhood.
Draw, paint or depict your dream however you want and publish it on your
social networks with the museum’s hashtag.
A set of experimental recording fragments made several years ago during the old normality (2012-2016) when no one valued an everyday grind that now seems like an adventure. Somewhere between a rehearsal and an experiment, the fragments veer between research for an artwork and the portrayal of things that happened (or not).
Jair Jesús Toledo, I don’t know if it’s a work of art but it could be an exhibition, video, 2020, 15:33 min
“El presente es como un huevo
No sé si estoy adentro, si estoy fuera
Si alguien me empolla
O estoy frito
Vuelvo a la pantalla, una y otra vez
No me queda otra
No nos queda otra
Apantalladas, ¿acaso un viento nos vuelva a la vida?
Jugosa por dentro,
tan podrida por fuera
Extraño el afuera
¡Que extraño todo!
Mis archivos me hacen descubrir mis descubrimientos de antes
Y me encuentro de nuevo
Volviendo a mí, me proyecto
La amenaza del zombie
como un aguijón
Me hace desear la caricia
Y quiero volar
Volar de acá
Volar con otres
(The present is like an egg / I don’t know if I’m inside or out / If someone’s laid me / or I’m fried / I go back to the screen again and again / I have no choice / We have no choice / Fanned, a breeze bringing us back to life? / Juicy on the inside / so rotten out / I get bored / I miss the outside / I miss you / It’s all so strange! / My archives show me my previous discoveries / And I find myself again / Coming back to me, I project myself / The zombie threat / like a sting / Makes me yearn for a caress / Contact / I want to fly / Fly from here / Fly with others / I will fly / Oh, oh)
Vera Veiga reads us ‘Una Caperucita Roja’ (A Little Red Riding Hood) by
Marjolaine Leray employing the Kamishibai technique (a Japanese technique
known as ‘paper theatre’ )
The Education Department invites you to create your own sunset. In several fun steps we’re going to create a beautiful landscape. Don’t forget to share your results with us by tagging us on social networks!
The artist Fátima Pecci Carou reflects on her artistic practice, introducing us to her series ‘Periods of Solitude’ which addresses the idea of spending time alone with no company other than our fantasies and realities. These paintings refer to the work of artists who spend a lot of time alone making their works which then become public, collective images. Far from the idea of an anguished solitude, these artworks celebrate the introspective life as a driver of the imagination.
Pop up cartoon. Recording of a performance Pop up cartoon is presented as a setting for experimentation that combines influences from abstract theatre, the pop up construction technique, sculpture and sound experimentation using just a single element: cardboard. The material, a powerful semantic symbol, is explored through the prism of the tensions associated with it: fragility and opacity but also infinite possibilities.
Emiliana Arias, Cecilia Lenardón, Silvia Lenardón, Guillermo Martínez, Renata Minoldo, Sebastián Rosés and Luciano Schillagi, Pop up cartoon, video, 2012. Audiovisual reccord: Virginia Molinari.
Marcela Sinclair invites us to make noodle jewellery. In this hilarious tutorial, Sinclair teaches us to make a necklace out of dried pasta, showing us how play can lead to creation and picturing herself showing off her work at fancy parties. The artist suggests that we think beyond the object, to concentrate on the links in the chain so as to enter a different time. A time where objectives and goals don’t exist, a time for play and the imagination.
Alejandro Gabriel, Pilki Pilki, video, 720 x 320 pixels, 2009, 3:33 min.
Pilki spends her life walking on a conveyor belt as landscapes, obstacles and seasons pass her by. She is a fantastical being, a dream creature whose elegant walk forever takes her back to where she came from, a place that is never the same.
We present a marathon of drawing exercises to do as a family. Do them in
whatever order you like. Don’t forget to publish your creations on social
networks and hashtag the museum.
A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon caused by the refraction of sunlight.
The sun beams change direction as they go through drops of water suspended in
the atmosphere and the light splits up into a spectrum of seven colours: red,
orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Draw it, paint it or make it however
you want using your favourite technique (collage, watercolours, pencils, markets,
etc.), publish it on your social networks and hashtag the museum.
THE LITTLE COLLECTOR [O PEQUENO COLECIONADOR] project is led by Artur Lescher, Paula Azevedo and Mariane Klettenhofer who have collected toys made by artists. These works are designed to encourage playful and artistic experiences that offer a reflection on what it means to play. Is the creative process similar to a game? Can a toy be seen as an imaginative exercise and reflection about the world? The Little Collector project [O pequeno colecionador]/Toys by the artists of Sao Paulo share the testimony of artists who make their own toys with the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Come find your toy in this video!
The Little Collector project [O pequeno colecionador]/Toys by the artists of Sao
Paulo share the testimony of artists who make their own toys with the Museo de
Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Come find your toy in this video!
The Little Collector project [O pequeno colecionador] from São Paulo
shares the testimonies of artists that create their own toys.