What's New - May-June 2015

I first encountered one of the astonishing photomontages from Grete Stern's "Los sueños" (Dreams) series in "A Generous Medium," an exhibition held at Wellesley College's Davis Museum in 2012. Published for nearly three years (1948-1951) in Idilio, an Argentine magazine, the series was a weekly interpretation of a reader's dream. Although almost 150 were published, Stern rephotographed only the first year's montages, for a total of 46 negatives.

Each spring after viewing the Davis Museum show, I saw images from "Los sueños" exhibited by Galería Vasari of Buenos Aires at the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) art fair in New York City. Last month, the gallery exhibited a full set of the 46 surviving photomontages, which was appropriate in view of the forthcoming From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola, an exhibition that will run at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from May 17 to November 4.

Los sueños at MOMA

The gathering of data for this database is frequently prompted by a book, exhibition, website, or even research on an individual that leads to a chain of investigations. Since our online data was last refreshed, we worked to add Grete Stern institutional holdings to the database. In the course of the work, we found that the collections at Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) both hold complete "Los sueños" sets.

Los sueños at MALBA

Using institutional websites, we have substantially updated our list of holdings at MALBA and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (still ongoing), and will soon turn to the photography collection of IVAM.

Greg Drake (May 14, 2015)

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