Exhibition tries to answer what impacts the Semana de 22 had on current art

posted on 05/04/2022 06:00 / updated 05/04/2022 10:49


Work by Luzia Simons at the Brasilidade Post-Modernismo exhibition, on display at the CCBB – (credit: Jaime Acioli)

When did he begin to idealize the exhibition Post-Modernism Brazilianity, curator Tereza Arruda asked herself some questions about the impact of modernism and the Semana de 22 on Brazilian contemporary art. Tereza wanted to understand if the inquiries and questions of the time still guided the production of national art. The answer came in the dozens of works by 51 artists that make up the exhibition on display at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB).

Post-Modernism Brazilianity is divided into five cores — Freedom, Identity, aestheticsFuture, Nature — and occupies the three CCBB galleries with works by artists from different generations and locations and an intense dialogue with the history of Brazilian art. “The exhibition is made up of different nuclei that guided the themes of these questions from the Semana de 22 and the evolution of this attempt at Brazilian modernism, which is the precept of liberating the Eurocentric parameters that demarcate our history of art, parameters that were introduced not in an egalitarian way. , but by certain impositions”, explains Tereza.

The curator recalls that, when talking about modernism, there is an expectation of making a portrait of Brazil, but this cut does not only comprise a single image, but a multifaceted mosaic that finds an echo in the five segments of the exhibition. “These are segments that guide our current context and questions”, warns Tereza. Part of the curator’s research focused on the essence and ambitions of the Semana de 22 in order to investigate whether the agenda proposed by the modernists was conquered or lost its validity. After a lot of dialogue with the invited artists and visits to the studios, Tereza concluded that there is still an ongoing process of building the ideas proposed at the beginning of the 20th century.

A video with interviews with the artists paves the way for Post-Modernism Brazilianity, which was seen by more than 70 thousand people in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In the recording, they talk about the works and connections with modernism. Among them is Jaider Esbell, a Macuxi artist who died in November 2021 and whose work has paved the way for indigenous representation in Brazilian contemporary art. An Esbell painting is at the core aestheticsalongside names like Delson Uchôa, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Emmanuel Nassar and Nelson Leirner.

Built on the basis of dialogue with the artists, the exhibition has, mainly, unpublished works selected in the ateliers. “I had the opportunity to visit several artists. We built a conversation, building our goals. These are works that are not always in the collections of institutions with continuous visibility”, warns Tereza.

The segments help to bring out some of the themes that permeate Brazilian art, but that were also the subject of interest of modernists. In Nature, ethical commitment to the environment and sustainability gains the same weight as geographic representation in works signed by artists such as Caetano, Dias, Gisele Camargo and Luzia Simons, author of an exuberant tapestry in which the reverse side brings reflections on flora and fauna. Brazilianness is one of the most explicit themes in aestheticsWhile freedom rvisits difficult moments in national history and reality with works by Adriana Varejão, Farnese de Andrade, Anna Bella Geiger, José Rufino and Rosana Paulino.


  • Work by Beatriz Milhazes
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  • Work by Luzia Simons at the Brasilidade Post-Modernismo exhibition, on display at the CCBB
    Jaime Acioli


  • Works by Farnese de Andrade
    Jaime Acioli


  • Work by Camila Soato at the Brasilidade Post-Modernismo exhibition, on display at CCBB
    Jaime Acioli


  • Work by Gê Viana
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  • Works by Fábio Baroli
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  • Work by Adriana Varejao
    Jaime Acioli


  • Artwork by Jader Esbell
    Photos: Marcelo Camacho -Jaime Acioli – Publicity

In Identity, deep Brazil stars in Fábio Baroli’s paintings and mortality among the black prison population guides Bela Reale’s video. From Brasília, Camila Soato is also in this segment with a panel made up of six canvases in which Brasil da gambiarra finds a classic of impressionism in an unusual combination.

In Future, Tereza Arruda brought Brasília as a symbol of utopian hope in the times of construction and inauguration. Photos by Joaquim Paiva, a rare painting by Oscar Niemeyer, drawings by Lucio Costa, a super 8 film by Jorge Bodansky and a work in which Cildo Meireles dialogues with the idea of ​​weights, measures and values ​​form the core. in the segment Poetrythe word stands out in works signed by names such as Arnaldo Antunes, Floriano Romano and Lenora de Barros. aesthetics is the last segment, mounted in the glass gallery, the ideal space for the clothesline of suspended woodcuts by Francisco de Almeida, which can be seen on the front and back and bring the idea of ​​cordel literature to talk about popular culture. Works by Alex Flemming, Rejane Cantoni and Marlene Almeida complete the core.

Post-Modernism Brazilianity
Curatorship: Tereza de Arruda. Visitation until June 5, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 8:30 pm. Tickets: schedule through the website bb.com.br/cultura or the Eventim website. Free entrance

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