7 Questions for Lorenzo Vigas on the Lasting Legacy of His Father, Pioneering Venezuelan Modernist Oswaldo Vigas

This year, Hong Kong-based Kwai Fung Hin is presenting “Oswaldo Vigas: Return, Always Return,” an exhibition marking the first solo exhibition in Asia of the renown Venezuelan artist. Produced in collaboration with the Oswaldo Vigas Foundation, the show provides an overarching look at the influential artist’s life and practice that has come to be recognized as a defining moment in the development and proliferation of Latin American Modernism. The exhibition also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth and engages with the broadening attention being given to 20th-century Latin American art—specifically within the context of Asia.

On view through January 31, 2024, the exhibition traces the development of the artist’s work, including how he was influenced and inspired by time spent in Europe amid the rise of the avant-garde, as well as by African and early South American artistic practices.

The preservation and promotion of Vigas’s legacy has been the core mission of the Oswaldo Vigas Foundation, which is chaired by the late artist’s own son, Lorenzo Vigas, an award-winning director and screenwriter. He won the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015, and subsequently produced El vendedor de orquídeas (The Orchid Seller) (2016), a feature length documentary about his father.

Featured image: Oswaldo Vigas, Composición en Gris (Composition in Grey) (1954). Courtesy of the Oswaldo Vigas Foundation and Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery.

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