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The Art and Music of Brazil
March 3, 2014   
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A new exhibition at the Zachęta Project Room gallery highlights the links between Brazilian visual arts and music.

Entitled Brasil: arte/música (Brazil: Art/Music), the exhibition brings together a variety of visual art projects focusing on Brazil, with music as a major theme. A melting pot of music styles ranging from bossa nova and samba to tropical psychedelic, funk and folk, Brazil is home to artists who freely move between different genres of art.

One such artist is Laercio Redondo, whose sound-and-motion installation entitled Carmen Miranda—The Image Opera, on show at the Zachęta Project Room, is a tribute to Portuguese-born samba singer Carmen Miranda. A Broadway and Hollywood star from the 1930s to the 1950s, Miranda’s image was that of a cliché “exotic beauty” from Brazil.

The exhibition includes a selection of paintings by Arnaldo Dias Baptista, the leader of the psychedelic rock group Os Mutantes. Dias Baptista started painting in the early 1980s and frequently incorporates musical themes into his visual work.

Music expert and visual artist Vivian Caccuri has contributed a project she has produced especially for the Warsaw exhibition: an adaptation of a book she is about to publish. The book is entitled What I Make Is Music: How Brazilian Artists Started Making Vinyl Records and as part of the project, visitors to the exhibition can listen to a selection of recordings and see the sleeves of vinyl records designed by veteran Brazilian artists Cildo Meireles, Waltercio Caldas and the Chelpa Ferro group.

The exhibition also features Cabelo, known as a musician and performance artist (stage name Mc Fininho) whose concerts border on shamanism. Cabelo also writes poems that he likes to recite surrounded by sculptures and installations made of found objects. In Warsaw, Cabelo is exhibiting Itamabmuca Dub, a new installation in the gallery’s basement. Using sounds and images with a tropical feel, Cabelo delivers a sensual experience of Brazil.

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Until March 16; Zachęta Project Room; 3 Gałczyńskiego St.
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