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Classification: Painting
Medium: Oil
Support: Cardboard
Year: 1931
1931.34 (estate: 808)
Constructif a Van Rees
Oil on cardboard
17 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (45 x 35 cm)
Neither signed nor dated
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Joaquín Torres-García, December 1961–January 1962, no. 7, ill., on cover. Traveled to: Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany, March 2–April 1, 1962.
Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, Torres-García: Construction et Symboles, June 11–August 1975, no. 11, ill. Traveled to: Museo de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 8–July 22, 1978 (América Latina Geometria Sensível).
Published References
Argul, Jose Pedro. Pintura y Escultura del Uruguay. Montevideo: Nacional, 1958, ill. no. 51.
Torres-García: Obras Destruídas en el Incendio del Museo de Arte Moderno de Rio de Janeiro. Montevideo: Fundación Torres-García, 1981, ill p. 51, no. 22.

About the 1978 fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At daybreak on July 8, 1978, a devastating fire reduced the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro to ashes. It was the worst catastrophe suffered by a museum since World War II. Twenty-five years later, there are several things worth recalling about this sad event, not least that it could have been avoided, as the Museum had been alerted by the International Council of Museums that it lacked the basic equipment to extinguish a fire.

Although the origin of the fire was never conclusively established, it is believed that it began in the auditorium after a performance earlier that night. The show had ended late and the watchmen closed the premises just before they left. A hastily extinguished cigarette or a short circuit were listed as possible causes. Someone driving by the Museum alerted the fire department. The first units to arrive were helpless to act, as the Museum's main water supply was shut off because somewhere in the building there was a leaky faucet. When the firefighters finally succeeded in getting the water flowing, it was too late to salvage anything. The fire had rapidly spread through the flammable partitions and the ventilation ducts. The New York Times of July 9 reported the blaze on its front page, describing how hours later, the building's concrete shell was still smoking, littered with piles of dirty gray sludge and broken glass.

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Record last updated June 17, 2015. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: de Torres, Cecilia, Susanna V. Temkin, Madeline Murphy Turner, and Victoria L. Fedrigotti. "Constructif a Van Rees, c.1931 (1931.34)." In Joaquín Torres-García Catalogue Raisonné. www.torresgarcia.com/catalogue/entry.php?id=1057 (accessed on July 21, 2024).