If you do not have much time, choose the main artistic and architectural features today at the Museum to make the most of your visit.
1st floor, Atrium
Climb your way up to the third floor. The balcony opposite gallery 304 affords breathtaking views of the Atrium–the beating heart of Frank Gehry’s architectural design.
Offering a different perspective on the works of Jenny Holzer, El Anatsui, Sol LeWitt, and Lucio Fontana, among others, it also gives an insight into the interesting dialogue between art and architecture within the building.
The Matter of Time
Balcony, 2nd floor
Go up to the second floor of the Museum and take a look from the balcony opposite gallery 204. You will get a panoramic view of the eight monumental sculptures that make The Matter of Time (1994–2005), a permanent installation by Richard Serra. The sculptures posed a huge challenge in terms of both manufacturing and installation, as they were impossibly heavy and yet quite fragile, as they were made of towering weathering steel sheets. It took state-of-the-art technology to make them.
The Matter of Time , 1994–2005
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Gego: Measuring Infinity
Gego: Measuring Infinity is an exhibition of sculptures, drawings, prints, artist’s books, and textiles by Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt (1912-1994), known as Gego, a German-Venezuelan visual artist who highly influential in Latin America in the second half of the twentieth century.
Gego came to Caracas, Venezuela, in 1939, fleeing Nazi persecution at the beginning of World War II. After overcoming the language barriers she was met with as an exile, she had a long career as an artist in the Latin American country, exploring the possibilities of space by means of abstraction on the basis of her training in architecture and engineering. In fact, her linear structures are at the crossroads of art and architecture.
Between 1958 and 1977, she taught art at the Central University of Venezuela and the Neumann Institute of Design, where she explored experimental dynamics to foster the creativity of new generations of architects and designers.
Gego installing Reticulárea, Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, 1969
Photo by Juan Santana