previews

  • 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.

  • “Histórias Afro-Atlânticas”

    MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
    Avenida Paulista, 1578
    June 28 - October 21

    Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Ayrson Heráclito, Hélio Menezes, Lilia Schwarcz, and Tomás Toledo

    In the most violent and uncertain times of its recent history, Brazil is revisiting the origins of its racial frictions: the slave trade. “Histórias afro-atlânticas” (Afro-Atlantic Histories) is a massive, 380-work survey of African, Latin American, and European art from the past five centuries, chronicling the largest diaspora in modern history. Nearly half of all Africans captured by slave traders were brought to Brazil, from the time the Portuguese arrived, in the sixteenth century, all the way through the nineteenth century. The show is a sequel to “Histórias mestiças” (Mestizo Histories), staged four years ago at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, the cultural center that is also cohosting the current exhibition. Its scope is far-reaching, with pieces by colonial-era Dutch master Albert Eckhout and modern greats Théodore Géricault and Paul Cézanne, as well as contemporary art-world darlings Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Hank Willis Thomas. A fully illustrated catalogue and companion reader will help sharpen our perspective on it all.

    Held concurrently at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, June 30–October 21.