If you’ve been to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, and if when you were there you got tangled in a mess of plastic strands that looks like the underside of a yellow jellyfish, you’ve probably heard about Jesús Soto. He is Venezuela’s most famous modern artist.
Venture further into inland Venezuela, and you can visit the Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto in Ciudad Bolivar, the capital of Soto’s home state of Bolivar.
Kinetic art — art that moves — is Soto’s forte. Installations like the one in Caracas are called “penetrables.” Visitors can walk through them, getting lost in a mesmerizing sea of cords that hang from above. Rather than disorienting, the experience is peaceful and fun. Some of the “penetrables” look like solid spheres hanging in the air, but when approached are similarly airy.
Jesús Soto’s legacy in Venezuela is huge. He found a way to interpret the styles and principles of modernism in a way that is uniquely Venezuelan. Find out more on his website.