Press Release - The Fruitmarket Gallery



Press Release - The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Fruitmarket Gallery Media Release
Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in
Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art
Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho
Exhibition 6 March – 25 May 2015
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.
The Fruitmarket Gallery presents a group exhibition
that examines the transitions that have occurred
within the sphere of the object in Brazilian art since
the 1950s, and the importance of these transitions
in the establishment of the hugely influential
experimental tradition in Brazilian contemporary art.
‘Active-object’, ‘relational object’, ‘trans-object’,
‘non-object’, ‘poem object’, ‘graphic object’ are some
of the new categories invented as artists struggled
to come to terms with the conceptual expansion
and redefinition of the object. Connecting the work
of well-known Brazilian artists such as Hélio Oiticica,
Lygia Clark and Mira Schendel, with the work of their
lesser-known contemporaries and the younger
generation of artists that followed, the exhibition is
a celebration of some of the beautiful and artistically
radical sculptures with which Brazilian artists have tried
to redefine what an art object can actually be.
From the more abstract, phenomenological objects
of the neoconcrete artists of the 1950s, including
Sergio Camargo’s Cubo aberto (Open Cube),
1958–59, through to the conceptual works of the
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Hélio Oiticica Relevo Espacial (Vermêlho) REL 036 (Spatial Relief [red] REL 036), 1959, polyvinyl acetate resin on plywood.
Tate. Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members and the Art Fund 2008.
© Tate, London, 2014
avant-gardes of the 1960s and 70s, including
examples of Hélio Oiticica’s Bolides and Lygia Clark’s
Bichos, and into the 1980s and to the present day
with works including Fernanda Gomes’s untitled
sculptural constructions and small objects by
Ernesto Neto, this exhibition traces a coherent
sequence of artistic experimentation in the realm
of the object, investigating this period of great
artistic and historic importance, and its influence on
contemporary art today.
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Antonio Dias Mãos (Hands), 1975/2002, painted iron,
Collection of the artist. Photo: Vincente de Mello
Listings information
Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern
and Contemporary Brazilian Art
Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho
6 March – 25 May 2015
Gallery opening hours:
Mon – Sat, 11am–6pm; Sun, 12–5pm
Admission free
45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
Notes to Editors
Paulo Venancio Filho is an art critic, independent curator
and professor of art history at the Federal University of
Rio de Janeiro. He is the curator of many major exhibitions
on Latin American art, including Wifredo Lam – Gravuras
(Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, 2010); Sergio Camargo:
Claro Enigma (Instituto de Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo,
2010); Hot Spots (Kunsthaus Zurich, 2009); Time and Place:
Rio de Janeiro 1954:1964 (Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2008);
Anna Maria Maiolino: Territories of Immanence (Miami Art
Central, 2006); Soto: A Construção da Imaterialidade
(Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, 2005); and Rio de
Janeiro 1950–1964 in Century City: Art and Culture in the
Modern Metropolis (Tate Modern, 2001). His articles have
appeared in major catalogues including Tunga/Cildo
Meireles (Kanaal Art Foundation, Belgium); Inside the Visible
(The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston);
Experiment/Experiência (Museum of Modern Art, Oxford);
and Oiticica in London (Tate Modern, London).
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to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important
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