Brazilians Explore Modernism
January 30, 2014
Young Brazilian artists who explore modernism in their work are featured in a new exhibition at the Zachêta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.
Modernism has been widely embraced by visual artists and architects in Brazil. One such artist is Marcelo Cidade. One of his sculptures has given its name to the Zachêta exhibition: Amor e ódio a Lygia Clark (I Love and Hate Lygia Clark).
Lygia Clark was a 20th-century Brazilian painter and sculptress who was also famous for her installations. She is regarded as one of the most important figures in Brazilian modernism. Addressing social and political issues in her work, Clark developed a concept of art where viewers needed to become involved.
The curator of the Zachêta exhibition, Magda Kardasz, says, “Living in the shadow of an older generation can be difficult and can spur young people to cut off the umbilical cord and reject the old in order to start anew and go their own way. Hence there are pieces at the Zachêta Gallery that propose alternative lifestyles and attitudes towards art.” Items on show at the Zachêta Gallery constitute a critique by the young artists of their modernist heritage as they put it in a contemporary context that references street and popular culture.
Work on show at the Zachêta includes sculptures, installations, bas-reliefs, photographs, films and conceptual narrative projects.
Until Feb. 23
Zachêta National Gallery of Art; 3 Ma³achowskiego Sq.