Carmelo Arden Quin


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The Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin, mentored by Joaquin Torres Garcia, was the creator of the international movement Madí

Arden Quin is recognized as one of the major figures of geometrical abstraction.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Carmelo Arden Quin pioneered the « shaped canvas » concept, followed in the 1960s by others including Frank Stella. Hence, Arden Quin freed himself from the traditional rectangular or square canvas, creating canvases of audacious non-orthogonal shapes.

Recently, Madí museums have opened: Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas in 2003, Museu Madi in Sobral, in Brazil, in 2005.

The organization of the major retrospective Madí by the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia de Madrid in 1997, as well as the major MOMA exhibition Latin American Artists of the twentieth Century in 1993, have contributed to the definitive recognition of Arden Quin’s contribution to the history of 20th century art.


Major exhibitions

Musée d’Art Contemporain de Sao Paulo, 1985
Arte Madí, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 1997
Latin American Artists of the twentieth Century, MoMa, New York/ Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1993
Mouvement MADI International 1946/2008, Maison de l’Amérique latine, Paris, 2008
Dynamo, Grand Palais, Paris, 2013



DE LA SALLE Alexandre, Carmelo Arden Quin 1935-1958 catalogue raisonné, L’Image et la Parole Editions 2008


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