By Nell McShane Wulfhart
September 21, 2015
Courtesy of the Medellin Museum of Modern Art.

Two new exhibits, in Medellin and Rio, celebrate the work of homegrown artists who have made a worldwide impact, while a new show in Buenos Aires is the first stop on an international tour for a collection of work by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs.

Debora Arango: Life in All its Admirable Force

MAMM, Medellin, Colombia
September 2 - November 8

Along with its brand new expansion, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin debuted an exhibit by Medellin-born artist Debora Arango on September 2. One of the leaders of the modern Colombian art movement, Arango produced work that is provocative and sharp-edged, the antithesis of political correctness, and a necessary wake-up call to instances of injustice. “Life in All its Admirable Force” groups Arango’s work by theme, including religion, women and society, and politics, and the exhibit is a special opportunity to see her work in its natural context: her home city.

Evandro Teixeira: The Constitution of the World

Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 22 – January 31

Photojournalist extraordinaire, Bahia-born Evandro Teixeira has been lauded in print and poetry, but his photos, collected in this new exhibit at the Rio Art Museum, speak for themselves. He’s shot everything from student protests in 1968 to the military coup in Chile, to Pablo Neruda’s funeral. The exhibit is a brilliant introduction to Teixeira’s work; plus, the museum itself is a new landmark for Brazilian art. It opened in 2013 and features a unique design that forges three buildings in three different styles into one cohesive—and striking—whole.

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Negotiation

MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 6 - February 15

“A Story of Negotiation,” opening November 6th at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, is a curated collection of three of Francis Alÿs’s most recent projects. The Belgian-born, Mexico-based visual and performance artist is known for creating slightly absurd but thought-provoking performance art, often with a Latin-American focus, that photographs beautifully. The projects highlighted in this exhibit include “Tornado” (2000–2010), “Don’t cross the bridge before you get to the river” (2008), and “Reel – Unreel” (2011). The latter features a video of two Afghan children unspooling a roll of film through Kabul. The Buenos Aires show is the first stop on an international tour of the exhibit.

Nell McShane Wulfhart is based in Uruguay, and writes about South America for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @nellmwulfhart.