Marcellvs L. at Astrup Fearnley Museet (09/09/2013)
'Imagine Brazil' is the fourth exhibition in the series focusing on a country's art scene. The Brazilian art history is well documented, especially the Brazilian modernism, such as Concrete, Neoconcrete and Tropicália movement, which developed independently but also in deep dialogue with modernist tendencies in Europe and North America. Artists such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape and Ernesto Neto, are all part of the international modernist and artistic heritage and are all internationally recognized. In parallel with this great modernist tradition is also an explicit Brazilian conceptual art that was less dogmatic and structuralist than their counterparts in Europe and North America, but more open, more poetic, more politically engaged, as we can see in the works of Cildo Meireles and Vik Muniz.
With 'Imagine Brazil' the curators wants to showcase a diverse picture of what is happening in Brazilian contemporary art. 14 young artists are selected for what they perceive as important representatives of the emerging art scene in Brazil, but also in terms of their international significance. In addition to showcase the young artists the exhibition wishes to put their artistic expression in a historical context. Therefore, each of them was asked to choose an older artist, which they consider important for Brazilian contemporary art, to accompany them in the exhibition.
Dates: 11 October 2013 – 02 March 2014 Opening: 10 October 2013
frieze magazine - Issue 120 - January / February 2009 (01/13/2009)
Looking Back: Retrospectives
In its annual round-up frieze
asked critics and curators from around the world to choose what, and
who, they felt to be the most significant shows and artists of 2008:
artist duo João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva and the video artist
Marcellvs L. have constructed very singular artistic identities in
recent years. Given consistency and idiosyncratic qualities of their
practices, I have significant expectations for their future artistic
by Sergio Mah*
*Lisbon-based freelance curator, professor at the University of Lisbon, and the current Artistic Director of PhotoEspanã