Arts & Culture

Antonio Berni: “Juanito and Ramona”

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents a groundbreaking exhibition of works by Argentinean artist Antonio Berni (1905-1981), considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. On view through January 26.


Antonio Berni’s mixed-media paintings, sculptures, prints and assemblages defined mid-century Argentinean society. Two pronounced fictitious narratives run through the works: a chronicle of the lower-class boy Juanito Laguna, scavenging the shantytowns of Buenos Aires, and the story of Ramona Montiel, an ambitious young woman exploring elite society through prostitution. The spectacular exhibition is the first of its kind, organized as a collaboration between the MFAH and Malba – Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires. Houston Public Media’s Troy Schulze spoke with Mike Wellen, the MFAH’s assistant curator of Latin American art, about the groundbreaking project.

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