São Paulo

São Paulo

50th Anniversary of the Exhibition of Concrete Art

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
Parque Ibirapuera gate 3 - s/nº
September 20–December 3, 2006

Curated by Lorenzo Mammì and André Stolarski

Although the 1st National Exhibition of Concrete Art in 1956 consolidated Brazilian constructivist trends, it also divided artists in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The former group called for the rationalist integration of art and industry; the latter defended artistic autonomy and subjective expression. This retrospective tends toward integration, joining most pieces exhibited in 1956 with graphic art, furniture, and architecture from the era. Rio’s response to 1956 was Neo-concretism and, soon after, the radical social experiments of Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. This anniversary exhibition also offers another vision of art’s entry into the social, one marked by a time when geometry was insistently, and optimistically, the order of the day.