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Brazil's 'Sensitive Geometries' to Go On View in New York
In the years after World War II, Brazil found itself in a state of dramatic change. Economic prosperity, political democratization, and social reorganization marked the decade of the 1950s as one of the most expansive in Brazilian history. In the cultural realm, urban renewal propelled the construction of Brasilia and witnessed the creation of modern art museums in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The first São Paulo Biennale was held in 1951, signaling the advent of an artistic revolution that would capture the attention of both the Brazilian public and wider circles of artists, intellectuals, and critics abroad. Brazil in the mid-20th century was emerging as a dynamic cultural center of international significance.

Beginning 12 September 2013, Hauser & Wirth New York will present 'Sensitive Geometries. Brazil 1950s – 1980s', a landmark historical exhibition that explores this pivotal moment and reveals the evolution of a distinct visual vocabulary in Brazil through the work of twelve artists of different generations: Lothar Charoux, Waldemar Cordeiro, João José Costa, Geraldo De Barros, Hermelindo Fiaminghi, Paulo Roberto Leal, Rubem Ludolf, Anna Maria Maiolino, Mira Schendel, Ivan Serpa, Franz Weissmann, and Paulo Werneck. Inspired by an infectious spirit of postwar renewal and creativity, 'Sensitive Geometries' traces a shift in attitude towards artistic approaches in non-figurative art and the tenets of a period in which artists experimented with the expressive possibilities of a geometric language.

Conceived and organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément, 'Sensitive Geometries' will remain on view at Hauser & Wirth's East 69th Street townhouse through 26 October. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication, produced in concept and design as a facsimile of an exhibition catalogue published in 1959 for the first Neo-Concrete exhibition, held at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. 


The post-war period defined Brazil as an emerging nation of progressive change, enraptured by a modern utopian spirit. The legacy of artistic movements in Brazil can be traced back as early as the 1940s, influenced by architect Oscar Niemeyer's lyrical curvilinear architecture and Brazilian muralist Paulo Werneck's pictorial abstract murals for public spaces. Included in 'Sensitive Geometries' are Paulo Werneck's meticulously rendered gouache paintings and drawings, which reflect a perfect understanding of proportion and scale for mural designs in his nation's capital. Largely unknown at an international level, the artists included in ‘Sensitive Geometries’ developed a language that still resonates vividly today. All were considered by Brazilian academics, critics, collectors, and museums to be critical to their nation’s artistic development and are recognized today as the authors of breakthroughs that paved the way for Brazilian art to emerge on the international contemporary art scene.

Anna Maria Maiolino Mother/Father, from Mapas Mentais series, 1971—1999 Nanquim on paper 51 x 51 x 3.5 cm / 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 1 3/8 in
Anna Maria Maiolino
Mother/Father, from Mapas Mentais series, 1971—1999
Nanquim on paper
51 x 51 x 3.5 cm / 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 1 3/8 in


by Andrea Schwan
Categoria: Cultura & Arte | Visualizações: 503 | Adicionado por : netoangel | Tags: Presents, HISTORIAL, Brazil, THREE DECADES, Tracing, art, exhibition, post-war, LANDMARK, HAUSER & WIRTH | Ranking: 0.0/0
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