Carmelo Arden Quin

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Carmelo Arden Quin
Carmelo Arden Quin was an Uruguayan poet, political writer, painter, sculptor and co-founder of the international artistic movement Madí
Carmelo Arden Quin, Uruguayan poet, political writer, painter, sculptor and co-founder of the international artistic movement Madí
Carmelo Heriberto Alves

(1913-03-16)March 16, 1913
Died September 27, 2010(2010-09-27) (aged 97)
Nationality Uruguayan
Occupation Visual artist
Years active 1934-2010
Known for co-founder of Arte Madí movement in 1946

Carmelo Arden Quin ( Carmelo Heriberto Alves;16 March 1913 – 27 September 2010) was a Uruguayan artist.[1]


Before Arden moved to Buenos Aires during the early 1940s, he lived in Uruguay and Brazil. In 1946, he moved to Paris and returned to Argentina in 1955 for one year. In 1956, he moved indefinitely to Paris, where he died.[2] He was a poet, political writer, painter, sculptor and co-founder of the international artistic movement "Madí".[3]


Arden Quin's personal style is full of contrasting colors and geometric patterns. Some of the main characteristic concepts in Quin's work are the irregular shaped frames, his "formes galbées" these are an alternation of concave and convex forms mainly in wood work, plastique blanche which are highly polished enameled wood pieces, and the coplanals, those are a series of polygons forming a single piece that in some cases include moveable elements and sometimes remains static.[2]


His first painting, "Naturel Morte Cubiste" or "Cubist Still Life" was created in 1934. At the age of 21, he met his mentor, the Uruguayan sculptor Joaquín Torres García who was directlly influenced by Piet Mondrian and Michael Seufor.[4]

In 1946, before moving to Paris, Quin in collaboration with other artist and friends Martín Blaszko, Rhod Rothfuss, and Gyula Kosice,[2] launched the Madí movement. The movement's main characteristics are: irregular frames, movable and displacing architecture, pan interval music composition and invented poetic propositions.[further explanation needed][citation needed] Madí encompassed painting as well as design, sculpture, and architecture. Just as important as the art produced in the Madí movement was the aesthetic philosophy.[3]

Many artists have been members of this international artistic movement since the 1940s until today, including Rhod Rothfuss, Juan Bay, Esteban Eitler, Diyi Laañ, Valdo Wellington, Rodolfo Uricchio, Gyula Kosice, Nelly Esquivel, J. P. Delmonte, Maria Bresler, Abraham Linenberg, Éva Bányász,[5] Salvador Presta, Eduardo Sabelli, Nair Oliveira, Ana Maria Bay, Muñoz Cota, Jorge Rivera, Ricardo Humbert, Alberto Scopelliti, Lisl Steiner, Aldo Prior, Isa Muchnik, Ricardo Pereyra, Alberto Hidalgo, Grete Stern, Juan Carlos Paz, and Ramon Melgar.[2] In 1993, Arden Quin was included in the MOMA exhibit of "Latin American Artists of the twentieth Century". Several of Arden's pieces can be found at the MADI Museum in Dallas, Texas.[6]

Further reading

  • Santana, Raúl; Romeu Ordanza, Laura; Arden Quin, Sofía; Sagastizabal, Tencha (25 February 2014). Arden Quin: Retrospective Exhibition 1938 - 2009 (Includes chronology) (in English and Portuguese). Miami: Durban Segnini Gallery. ISBN 978-980-7582-02-5.
  • Bois, Yve-Alain (2001). Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection = Abstracción Geométrica: Arte Latinoamericano en la Coloección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Exhibition catalog) (in English and Spanish). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08990-5. OCLC 298342818. – Exhibition at the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, 3 March-4 November 2001


  1. ^ "Uruguayan artist Carmelo Arden Quin dies" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02.
  2. ^ a b c d Goodman Shelly. Carmelo Arden Quin: when art jumped out of its cage. The Madi Museum and Gallery, Dallas, Texas, February 2005
  3. ^ a b J.,, Sullivan, Edward. Making the Americas modern : hemispheric art, 1910-1960. London. ISBN 9781786271556. OCLC 993420136.
  4. ^ "Carmelo Arden Quin" (2009). Encyclopædia Britannica; retrieved 28 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Park, Andrew. "Madi: A New Museum Does Dallas Proud", Business Week, 14 April 2003.

External links

  • MADI (video)
  • MADI Universe. Interview in MADI art periodical
  • Ailleurs a poetry journal
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