El Regreso de los Gigantes

And the Giants Crossed the Atlantic

“The Return of the Giants,” an exhibition of German painting, is currently touring throughout Latin America. Yet how has it influenced the contemporary art of South America? – An essay by Ivo Mesquita.




The Other View

Their works can be found regularly at biennials around the world: Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, and Daniel Senise. Three Brazilian artists in the collection of the Deutsche Bank.



Giants in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey

Martha Ramos’ article on the opening of “El Regreso de los Gigantes” reports on how the exhibition was received in Monterrey. Ramos’ article in the Mexican daily paper “Milenio” can be read here.



And the Giants Crossed the Atlantic


With 150 works from the collection of the Deutsche Bank, the exhibition “The Return of the Giants” documents the triumph of “Heftige Malerei” or “Fierce Painting” in Germany. On October 25, the exhibition’s extended Latin American tour will begin in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico, after which it will continue its tour through Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. For the Spanish catalogue “El Regreso de los Gigantes,” the Brazilian curator Ivo Mesquita, a renowned expert on Latin American art, formulated an essay on the influence contemporary German painting has had on the artists of the South American continent between 1975 and 1985. Mesquita was a curator for the São Paulo Biennial Foundation from 1980 to 1988; today, he’s a guest professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Excerpts from his text, to this date unpublished in Germany, are appearing here for the first time at db-art.info.