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Spanish telecom giant to send its art to Mexico

Fundación Telefónica signs a long-term partnership with the Museo Tamayo

Spain’s Fundación Telefónica has signed a long-term partnership agreement with the Museo Tamayo contemporary art museum in Mexico City that will bring works from the telecommunication company’s collection to Mexico.

One of the first exhibitions to result from the deal will be drawn from Telefónica’s 101-strong collection of contemporary photography. The foundation's collection includes work by international artists, such as Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman, Mona Hatoum, Olafur Eliasson and Gabriel Orozco. The curatorial team will be made up by members of both organisations and the exhibition is due to open in the second half of 2015.

The director of the Museo Tamayo, Carmen Cuenca, said at a press event in Mexico City that the museum’s exhibition programmes, in particular a loan show of works from the Tamayo collection now on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, “demonstrate how we can collaborate with foreign institutions”. The director left the possibility open for the Tamayo’s collection to travel to Spain in the future.

Fundación Telefónica was created in 1998 to manage the social and cultural initiatives of one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers. They have presence in 24 countries across Europe, Asia, North and South America.

The Museo Tamayo continues the mission of the Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), who wanted the Mexican public to have access to great works of international artists such as Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko. As part of its 33-year anniversary this year, the Mexican museum will present an exhibition of work by Yayoi Kusama in September and one on Sophie Calle in October.

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