Hélio Oiticica Relevo Espacial (Vermelho) REL 036 (Spatial Relief (red REL 036), Polyvinyl acetate resin on plywood. © Tate, London, 2014.
Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho with artists: Artur Barrio, Waltércio Caldas, Sergio Camargo, Aluísio Carvão, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Lygia Clark, Antonio Dias, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Antonio Manuel, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga and Carlos Zilio.
In the 1950s and 1960s, artists in Brazil radically transformed what the object of art could be. It was a period of intense experimentation, extremely important to art history, and its effects are still being felt today.
Curator Paulo Venancio Filho has brought together objects from studios; talking directly to surviving artists from the period, to artists’ heirs and estates, and to more contemporary artists still working in this experimental tradition today. The exhibition includes objects by some of the most famous of all Brazilian artists – Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto – and some whose work has only rarely been seen outside Brazil.
On the floor, on walls, hanging from the ceiling, on shelves or gathered together on tables as if still in the studio, these objects invite us to look at art afresh. Playing with ideas around abstraction, figuration, the ready-made and even performance, this show allows us to think again about what sculpture can be.
This exhibition is supported by Art Edu Stiftung.
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