Within arteBA’s Acquisitions Program, Citi made a donation of U$S 25,000 (twenty-five thousand dollars) to Malba – Costantini Foundation, which, with this amount, acquired a work by Antonio Berni that will now enter its collection.
The work in question is a monochrome print entitled Ramona y el viejo [Ramona and the Old Man] which the acclaimed Argentine artist made in 1962. The work, purchased from the Uruguayan Galería Sur, was chosen by a Selection Committee headed by Marcelo Pacheco, Chief Curator of Malba – Fundación Costantini.
Citi once more joined with arteBA as sponsor and host of the Pre-Opening, which took place on Tuesday, May 17, a day before the official inauguration of the Fair – an opportunity for collectors, cultural figures and bank clients to take an exclusive tour and acquire works before the Fair’s official opening. Likewise, for the second year in a row, Citi was the official credit card of arteBA and offered its clients the benefit of a two-for-one admission and a 20 percent discount on the price of the arteBA catalog.
“When we decided to position Citi in the world of culture, we did so with the conviction that the best way to foster projects by Argentine artists is by giving support to the various organizations that show their works; this idea led us to sponsor arteBA, Casa FOA and to become sponsors of Malba,” said Juan Bruchou, president of Citi Argentina.
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