• Ivan Serpa, Faixas Ritmadas, 1958, industrial ink on Eucatex, 48 x 32".

    “Time & Place: Rio de Janeiro, 1956–1964”

    Moderna Museet | Stockholm
    January 19–April 6, 2008

    Curated by Paolo Venancio Filho

    By the 1950s, the Brazilian avant-garde was undeniably cosmopolitan, characterized by sympathetic but competing movements in two cities: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. “Time & Place” focuses on Neoconcretismo, a group of Rio artists dedicated to generating more physically and socially interactive relationships between spectators and works of art than their Paulista Concretismo counterparts. The exhibition includes eighty drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculptures by eleven artists such as Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, and Franz Weissmann. It is the first of three shows on midcentury cultural hubs organized in celebration of Moderna Museet's fiftieth anniversary. Exhibitions focusing on Milan/Turin and Los Angeles are to follow. One hopes that the series, collectively intended to highlight the museum's international perspective, will promote a more complex sense of the era.