São Paulo

Pazé

Casa Triângulo

The Brazilian artist Pazé’s recent work, A Coleção (The Collection), 2009, transported the viewer inside a spectacular hall of painting, an illusionistic space on printed wallpaper that covered the walls of Casa Triângulo from floor to ceiling. His invented gallery was packed salon style with famous works ranging from Caravaggio’s Musicians, 1595, to Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portrait, 1906, all in the public domain and all including figures that look directly at the viewer. The artist reinforced the ambiguity of the fictional space by repeating it as an inverted view, thus producing a seemingly infinite mirrored environment, a doubly confusing mise en abyme.

But this was an abyss with specific historical referents. Inspired by Georges Perec’s book Un Cabinet d’amateur (1979; translated as “A Gallery Portrait,” 1996), Pazé modeled his work on David Teniers the Younger’s Archduke Leopold

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