Grupo Mondongo is a group of Argentine artists initially made up of Agustina Picasso, Juliana Laffitte, and Manuel Mendanha.
They have been working together since 1999, creating art with materials is their distinctive feature.
In 2004, the Spanish Royal Family commissioned Mondongo to create their family portraits. In 2005, they exhibited a giant one dollar bill made of nails and of silver thread fabric over a black background. During 2006, they made portraits of a series of important Argentine figures: some of them were Diego Maradona made of gold chains, Che Guevara made of bullets, Jorge Luis Borges made of thread, Atahualpa Yupanqui made of wool, Carlos Gardel made of pins, and Eva Perón made of bread. They have exhibited their art in Los Angeles, at ARCO (Madrid), and in the Valencia Biennial.
The relationship between the work and the material it is made of is always relevant to them, although in some cases it may be more evident than in others. The group’s name is somewhat a pun on the idea of food: “mondongo” (tripe stew) is a very popular dish in Argentina prepared with many ingredients. Some of Mondongo’s principles are constantly working as a group and turning their art into something for the masses.
Mondongo’s pieces at the Esplendor by Wyndham Buenos Aires
In 2006, Esplendor Buenos Aires purchased a collection of the Mondongo collective art group’s works, which were used as part of the hotel’s decoration, thus turning its hallways into art galleries.
The collection of works is related to Argentine cultural figures, like Jorge Luis Borges, Eva Perón, Che Guevara, Antonio Berni, or Coca Sarli, among others.
These are the works exhibited at Esplendor Buenos Aires:
Eva: Different kinds of breads and resin on wood. 150 x 150 cm - 2006
Che Guevara: 40,000 bullets and resin on wood. 150 x150 cm - 2006
J. L. Borges: Cotton threads on wood. 150 x 150 cm - 2006
María Elena Walsh: Modeling clay on wood. 150 x 150 cm - 2006
Antonio Berni: Woodcut. 150 x 150 cm - 2006
Adrián Dargelos: Strass on fabric. 150 x 150 cm - 2006