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São Paulo

RUBEM VALENTIM

Museu de Arte Brasileira (FAAP)
Rua Alagoas 903 Higienópolis
November 13 - March 10

Curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Fernando Oliva

The oeuvre of self-taught painter, sculptor, and printmaker Rubem Valentim does not easily fit into the prevailing categories of Brazilian modernism. Tridental forms in the painted reliefs and sculptures that the artist described as “emblems” recall works of geometric abstraction by Alfredo Volpi or Lygia Pape, yet they are specifically drawn from the Afro-Brazilian religion candomblé. Valentim understood this faith as the foundation of a national symbology, one he tapped for his showings at the First Festival Mundial das Artes Negras in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966 and at the Fourteenth São Paulo Bienal in 1977. This long-overdue, extensive exhibition, organized by artistic director Adriano Pedrosa and curator Fernando Oliva, will feature more than one hundred works from the artist’s forty-plus-year career, as well as a catalogue with essays by Lilia Schwarcz, Hélio Menezes, and Renata Bittencourt, among others.