Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Collector and patron with peerless holdings of modern and contemporary Latin American art

The collector and patron – whose personal collection of Latin American art is one of the most important in the world – won Independent Curators International’s Leo Award this year. Phelps de Cisneros was recognised for the fact that she doesn’t just buy art, but gives quite a lot of it away too. MoMA, where she is a trustee, had previously received 40 works from the collector; this year it laid hands on a cache of another 102, curators choosing the works personally from the walls of her house. Along with that gift, she endowed a research institute at the museum. This year she also gave a total of 119 works to museums in Lima, Austin, Denver and Boston, and to the Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library in New York. The director of her collection, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, curates the São Paulo Bienal next year, while Phelps de Cisneros is a major funder of mega-exhibition Pacific Standard Time.