Curated by María José Monge, Visual Arts Curator for the Museums
October 30, 2014 – Decem ber 6, 2015
This exhibit showcases a selection of Costa Rican works of art whose form, theme, or technique defied tradition at the time, in order to bring forth dimensions of reality that had gone unnoticed until then.
Almost Invisible: Innovation-Rupture-Transgression assembles works of art from different generations that innovated, transgressed or broke with the customary ways of representing Costa Rican reality, bringing to light cultural, social, economical and political issues historically rendered invisible until then.
The exhibition finds the commonalities in more than 38 artists, including Francisco Amighetti, Rafael Ángel García, and Max Jiménez, as well as in works by contemporary artists like Cynthia Soto, Sofía Ruiz, Karla Solano, and Luciano Goizueta, among others.
The tour is divided into two large sections: Indomitable Territories and An Almost Perfect World. The first includes works that strayed from the image of territory produced from the image of a “conquering” gaze — that of the colonist, the explorer, or the oligarch ‒, giving rise to images from differing points of view.
The scientific or poetic intent of the works in this exhibition represents details of Costa Rican flora and fauna, including those representations of seascapes and landscapes. There are also works that address cultural landscaping, using architectural works in rural and urban settings.
The second section includes works that represent different segments of the population whose duties and rights were, until very recently, different to those of other citizens’. This section contains works that offer a different approach to the concept of women, children, the elderly, African descendants, and other members of the population typically rendered invisible, perhaps even to this day.
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