Culture Vaults

Culture Vaults

Tahia Rivero, curator of the art collection for Venezuela's Banco Mercantil, a bank that has been collecting art for 80 years, details her employer's experience in the art business. When and why did Banco Mercantil begin collecting art? The collection began at the same time as Banco Mercantil, 80 years ago. Initially it comprised works by artists from the [Venezuelan] Circle of Fine Arts and the early 20th century landscape painters of the Caracas School. A few select works of painters such as Manuel Cabré, Pedro Ángel González, Armando Reverón and Rafael Monasterios were hung in the bank's offices and a collection was begun. That initial body of work was not very exten

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