press release

Fundación Proa begins its annual season with Air de Lyon, in an attempt to connect a wide variety of contemporary art experiences and to contribute to the debate on the state of the art.

The first exhibition of the year, Air de Lyon, renews the power of its alma mater – the acclaimed 11th Biennale de Lyon - which took place from September to December 2011 –, curated by the Argentine curator Victoria Noorthoorn. If W. B. Yeats’s verse “A Terrible Beauty is Born” preannounced the importance of time in the Biennale, the same beauty is reflected in a new time, in Air de Lyon.

Works that were already shown in Lyon are exhibited together with site-specific works created for Proa’s spaces. Along with the presence of international and local artists, they bring a new Air into our “Buenos Aires”: a portion of contemporaneity with a focus on Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Air de Lyon is made possible thanks to the collaboration of La Biennale de Lyon, the Mondriaan Foundation, the Embassy of France in Argentina, the Alliance Française of Buenos Aires, the Français Institute and Ternium Siderar – Organización Techint.

Since June 2012, Proa emphasizes on research, thus accounting for Brazil-Argentina relations in the 1960s as a vital moment for the arts in both countries. Politics, mass consumption and anti-institutional actions are some of the topics that organize Pop, Realisms and Politics. Brazil–Argentina, an exhibition curated by Paulo Herkenhoff and Rodrigo Alonso.

In October, the first South American retrospective of Alberto Giacometti, one of the most important artists of the 20th Century, presents more than 130 works from the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation in Paris.

During the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Bafici), ProaCine premieres in Argentina the documentary film Patience (After Sebald), directed by Grant Gee: a personal project inspired by W. G. Sebald’s novel The Rings of Saturn. ProaLiteratura invites Mario Bellatin for Filba, the International Festival of Literature in Buenos Aires. Finally, ProaMúsica presents a special program dedicated to the composer John Cage 100 years after his birth.

We welcome our visitors to the 2012 season and appreciate the permanent presence and contribution of the Organización Techint in the development of our cultural program.

Adriana Rosenberg President

only in german

Air de Lyon
Kuratorin: Victoria Noorthoorn

Künstler: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Zbynek Baladran, Ernesto Ballesteros, Eduardo Basualdo, Erick Beltran, Diego Bianchi, Katinka Bock, Francois Bucher, Virginia Chihota, Lenora de Barros, Augusto de Campos, Marina de Caro, Julien Discrit, Marlene Dumas, Aurelien Froment, Michel Huisman, Christoph Keller, Irina Kirchuk, Eva Kotatkova, Robert Kusmirowski, Luciana Lamothe, Guillaume Leblon, Christian Lhopital, Laura Lima, Jorge Macchi, Cildo Meireles, Bernardo Ortiz, Garrett Phelan, Jose Alejandro Restrepo, Tracey Rose, Alexander Schellow, Javier Téllez, Erika Verzutti, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Judi Werthein