Thea Haberfeld Landscape, 1943 Oil on canvas 35 x 52 cm Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
‘‘The Art of Diplomacy: Brazilian Modernism Painted for War,’ on show at the at the Sala Brasil of London’s Brazilian Embassy until 22 June, recreates an exhibition of modern Brazilian painting held at the Royal Academy and seven regional galleries in 1944. The show was part of a concerted politic and cultural effort to cement Brazilian-British relations after the South American country’s entrance in the Allied coalition in 1942. Having successfully eluded German U-boats during the trans-Atlantic crossing and overcome the reservations of major museum directors, the paintings in the exhibitions introduced more than 100.000 visitors to the nuances of a country which was then largely unknown. Attended by such major intellectuals as T.S. Eliot and H.G. Wells, the show was a major success, resulting in several new acquisitions by British museums.
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Final venue of a tour around America for this exhibition, considered to be the first comprehensive retrospective in the USA of the Brazilian artist (1937-1980). Ranging from geometric paintings to immersive interactive environments and wearable works of art, the exhibition is also the first to explore in depth his New York years (1971-78) and his return to Rio (1978-80). It includes a restaging of his installation Eden, which was first revealed at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1969, and which included a pool of water, a sand-box in which visitors were encouraged to sit and a tent where the audience could listen to music and read magazines. Eden was an expression of Oiticica’s view that in order to encourage creativity one needed time to relax and think. The installation is reconstructed with help from the artist’s nephew César Oiticica Filho, the curator of the Project Hélio Oiticica in Brazil. A fully illustrated catalogue covering the artist’s entire career with essays by authors from the USA and Latin America accompanies the exhibition.
The first monographic exhibition in the United States devoted to Brazilian artist Lygia Pape (1927–2004). A critical figure in the development of Brazilian modern art, and a pioneer of the Neo-Concrete movement. Pape combined geometric abstraction with notions of body, time, and space in unique ways that radically transformed the nature of the art object in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Covering a prolific career that spanned five decades, this exhibition examines Pape’s rich oeuvre as manifest across varied media—from sculpture, prints, and painting to installation, photography, performance, and film.
Brings together models, drawings and archival photographs as well as new photography of key buildings, not only those by the Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer and Mexican Luis Barragán but also less well known structures by Cuban architects, such as Hugo d’Acosta.
The exhibition is accompanied by two major publications: a catalogue and an anthology of primary texts translated from Spanish and Portuguese.
El Instituto de História da Arte de la Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa organiza el I Simpósio de Historia del Arte – El Retabulo en el espacio Iberoamericano: Forma, función e iconografía, que tendrá lugar en la Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, el 26 y 27 de noviembre de 2015.
Se invita a todos los interessados a enviar sus propuestas sobre el retablo en el espacio Iberoamericano teniendo en cuenta los siguientes temas:
– El retablo Iberoamericano: identidades, transferencias y asimilaciones.
– El retablo y el espacio: diseño, arquitectura, pintura y escultura.
– El retablo y la iconografía: interpretación, significado y función.
– El patrimonio retablístico: conservación, restauración, defensa y valorización.
Más informaciones: https://retabuloiberoamericano.wordpress.com/
The Fundación Carolina (Spain) has released its call for scholarship applications, 2015-2016, in a variety of fields including “artes, humanidades, y comunicación”. Applications are not limited to individuals in Spanish-speaking countries; the Fundación Carolina invites applications from Brazilian scholars, too.
The range of support appears to extend, for example, to students working on doctoral degrees as well as to postdoctoral applicants.
For further details, go to: <http://www.fundacioncarolina.es/formacion/convocatoria-2015-2016/>.
Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988, MOMA, New York, 10 May – 24 August 2014.
The first major retrospective of the Brazilian artist (1920-1988) in North America, comprising almost 300 paintings, drawings, sculptures and participatory works. Organized around three themes, abstraction, concretism and the “abandonment” of art.