December 10, 2013
Argentine art takes Brazil by storm
In the coming months and through the end of the year, Brazil will be awash with the work of eight young Argentine artists who will exhibit more than 30 works at the exhibition entitled Figuración contemporánea argentina (Argentine Contemporary Figurative Art); renowned painter Luis Felipe Noé will be the guest of honour at the famous Curitiba Arts Biennial, and photographer Gustavo Germano will show his output in Ausencias Brazil.
The latest crop of Argentine contemporary art will first be shown at the Acervo Room of the Caixa Cultural de Brasilia, featuring visual artists Ricardo Ajler, Alejandro Boim, Ricardo Celma, Nicolás Menza, Martín Palottini, Max Pedreira, Maximiliano Rodríguez and Alejandro Rosemberg, all of whom blend dissimilar techniques and conceptual visions of reality.
Their exhibition will be on view in Brasilia until mid October and will then go on an extensive tour of major Brazilian cities. The work of these young artists, according to critics, is a hyperrealistic representation of material things.
Although easily recognizable, their subjects combine reality and fantasy.
This collective exhibition, curators say, reflect the artists’ preoccupation with the current state of affairs and are vivid proof of the strength of Argentina’s figurative art.
The forthcoming exhibitions come hot on the heels of Viviana Ponieman’s massive intervention El siluetazo, a tribute to the memory of the disappeared during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship in Argentina.
Thus far, El siluetazo remains a landmark in the history of artistic representations of the struggle for human rights.
The history of the avant garde literary movements of Argentina (1920-1940) was traced at an exhibition at the Centro Cultural de la República, where the engravings by the Artistas del Pueblo and Norah Borges were shown. “Once again, the Argentine Embassy bets on visual arts, to the delight of Brazilian art lovers,” says Cultural Attaché Lucas Gioja.
The stirring Ausencias Brasil — the last exhibition by Entre Ríos-born photographer Gustavo Germano — gathers portraits of relatives of the disappeared and victims of state terrorism in Brazil. The exhibit is on view until September 30.
Under the same concept of his previous show (Ausencias Argentina), Germano’s remarkable photographs include a dozen portraits of Brazilian families who suffered the horror of state terrorism.
As for Luis Felipe Noé, his is one of the most eagerly-awaited exhibitions this season, the piece de resistance of the seventh edition of the Curitiba Biennial, inaugurated on August 30 and running until December. Noé’s works are on view at the Museo Oscar Niemeyer, the Biennial’s epicentre.
Noé’s Biennial contribution consists of seven large-scale works made between 2003 and 2013, including Crac, Global Deconstruction, and the emblematic La estética velocidad, Argentina’s entry at the Venice Biennial in 2009.
—Herald with Télam