Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

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

Despite Venezuela’s troubles, the collector’s foundation continues its calendar of residencies, screenings and discussions in Caracas. Yet the power of Patty – as she is known – lies not in programming, but lending (to, for example in February, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm). This year Patty continued her recent trend of not asking for it back, however, with a donation of 202 works shared between MoMA (where she is a trustee, one of many such board positions she holds globally), Museo de Arte de Lima, the Reina Sofía, the Bronx Museum, the Blanton, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. An earlier gift of 83 works to the Blanton (which received the lion’s share of 119 works donated to five museums across the Americas) has been touring the US and Peru this year, and in February Inés Katzenstein took up the inaugural directorship of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute at MoMA, established from a 2016 donation of 102 works. Much of all this is overseen by collection director Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, who curated this year’s São Paulo Biennial – albeit to scant acclaim.