Dedicated to Argentinian artist Edgardo Antonio VIGO (1928 - 1997), a pivotal figure of the 60s and 70s Latin American avant-garde, the show will feature a collection of artworks - from prints and multiples to magazines and performance documents - spanning Vigo’s entire life.
Edgardo Antonio VIGO - artist, activist, promoter of the avant-garde, pioneer of Latin American Conceptual art and only recently heralded as central to this history of the 60s and 70s. Born in 1928 La Plata, nr. Buenos Aries, Vigo rarely left his hometown, yet through his extensive contacts he became a central lynchpin in the development of Latin American Art. Throughout his life he worked at the local Ministry of Justice, spending his days there and returning home to work.
Vigo lived through the ‘Dirty War’ (1974-83) and was a constant critic of the system. His strong judgement of Western capitalist culture is inherent throughout his work, specifically directed against American foreign policy and its support of military dictatorships in Latin America. In 1976 Vigo’s son, Palomo, became one of ‘the disappeared’ under the military junta rule. He began to make work about his son, stamping the phrase “Set Free Palomo” in a call for his release. Here, his message now became explicitly political, revolutionizing the way artists voiced their concerns in Latin America. The presentation showcases one of the largest collections of the artist’s work to have been built up, and spans the period from the late 1950s until Vigo’s death.