Fortabat Art Collection
The Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection is a museum of fine arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The museum was initiated by María Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, the longtime Chairperson and chief stockholder of Loma Negra, the largest cement manufacturer in Argentina. She set aside a significant portion of her extensive art collection for the purpose, and her foundation contracted internationally acclaimed, Uruguayan born architect Rafael Viñoly for its design.
The building, a two-story modernist concrete, steel and glass structure, began construction in 2002 and provides over 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of indoor space. Built overlooking the northernmost dock in the Puerto Madero district, among its highlights include a roof with a system of mobile aluminum awnings that open and close with the sun's position. Mrs. Fortabat specifically requested this last design feature, remarking that "I've always wanted to look at pictures and the stars at the same time."
The museum was inaugurated on October 22, 2008, and includes two exhibition halls, a library, an auditorium, offices and a cafe-restaurant overlooking the renovated Puerto Madero docklands. Its two exhibition halls house a collection of 230 works (at the opening date) and are divided into seven galleries:
- The Family Gallery: featuring portratits of the Fortabat family.
- Landscapes, the City and Tradition: consisting mostly of 19th century Argentine landscape, naturalist and naïf art by Fernando Fader, Martín Malharro and Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Benito Quinquela Martín, among others.
- International Art: including works by Pieter Brueghel II, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Gustav Klimt, Auguste Rodin, Roberto Matta and, among others, Andy Warhol, who created one of his iconic portraits for the patroness. This section also includes one of the few oil paintings from J.M.W. Turner (artist) remaining in private hands, undoubtlessly the highlight of the collection, the wonderful Juliet and her nurse
- Modern Art: Displaying mainly 20th century Argentine works, such as those by Juan Del Prete, Raquel Forner, Emilio Pettoruti, Lino Enea Spilimbergo, Xul Solar and Juan Carlos Castagnino.
- Figurations, Halls I and II: set aside for Figurative art works, such as those by Roberto Aizenberg, Antonio Seguí and Clorindo Testa.
- Antonio Berni Gallery: devoted to the noted Argentine painter and muralist.