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Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona

<P><SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Antonio Berni: <EM>El coronel golpista, No. 2</EM>, 1964</SPAN><SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Oil, wood, paper, egg carton, cardboard, metal, string on plywoodPrivate Collection© José Antonio Berni-Sucesión Lily Berni.</SPAN><BR _extended="true"></P>

Antonio Berni: El coronel golpista, No. 2, 1964
Oil, wood, paper, egg carton, cardboard, metal, string on plywood
Private Collection
© José Antonio Berni-Sucesión Lily Berni.

Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona
HOUSTON, TEXAS  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  •  10 November 2013 - 26 January 2014
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents an exhibition of the work of Argentinean artist Antonio Berni (1905–1981). Berni was widely recognized early in his career as the founder and leading painter of the New Realist movement in Argentina. But in the mid-1950s, motivated by the social distress and poverty he witnessed in Argentina amid social unrest and the country’s unbridled industrialization, Berni abandoned painting for assemblage. He devoted much of the rest of his life to chronicling the tales of Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel, two fictitious characters whose experiences over the course of 25 years were crafted to expose the undercurrents of Argentinean society.

Berni witnessed Juanito and Ramona become popular legends and folk heroes within his own lifetime. Legendary composers, like Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Petrocelli, and singers, like Mercedes Sosa and Atahualpa Yupanqui, composed and interpreted ballads telling the stories of these characters.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Website

Contact: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas 77005
Tel: (1) 713 639 73 00

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