María Clara Bernal

Associate Professor of Art History Universidad de los Ande

María Clara Bernal is Associate Professor of Art History at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and Head of the Arts and Humanities Graduate School at the same institution. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Modern Art History and Theory from the University of Essex in the UK.

She is currently the director of the project Intellectual Networks: Art and Politics in Latin America created with the Connecting Art Histories grant from the Getty Foundation. She was part of the research group on Surrealism in Latin America (2009) at the Getty Research Institute. In 2007 she organized the exhibition Displaced at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea UK, on the subject of displacement and exile in contemporary Colombian art.

Her publications include: Redes intelectuales: arte y política en América Latina, Universidad de los Andes y Getty Foundation (2016), André Breton’ Antohlogy of Freedom: The Contagious Power of Revolt in Surrealism in Latin America: Vívisimo Muerto. Getty Research Instiute, (2012); Traducir la imágen: El arte en la esfera transcultural, Universidad de los Andes (2012), Displaced: arte contemporáneo de Colombia, Universidad de Los Andes (2007), Latin America Beyond Lo real maravilloso: Lam Surrealism and the Créolité Movement, Lambert Ed. (2012) and Más alla de lo real maravilloso: el surrealismo y el caribe, Universidad de los Andes, 2006.


5 Questions with María Clara Bernal

Art historian María Clara Bernal discusses the necessary work of negotiating context and difference in art history, and the importance of Conceptual art and Land art for the Colombian art scene of the 1980s onwards