CONCRETE MATTERS | ITSLIQUID

CONCRETE MATTERS

Art | April 9, 2018 |

CONCRETE MATTERSImage courtesy of Moderna Museet

CONCRETE MATTERS
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
From February 24 to April 13, 2018

For a few vigorous decades in the mid-20th century, artists in the rapidly-growing cosmopolitan cities of Montevideo, Caracas, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro were exploring concrete art. This exhibition highlights the period when concretism – and thus, the boundaries of art – were being examined. The exhibition Concrete Matters also presents the emerging Brazilian neo-concretism. In the late-1950s, artists such as Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape and Helió Oiticica challenged the concept of the work of art as a static object.

CONCRETE MATTERSImage courtsey of Moderna Museet

In the mid-1940s, movements in Argentina began to reinterpret and develop the European concrete art initiated by the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg in Paris in 1930. These artists said that figurative, representational art tended to “dampen the cognitive energy of man, distracting him from his own powers”. The concretists rejected the illusionism that artists had used over the centuries to create a three-dimensional pictorial space on the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. Instead, they proposed that people should be surrounded by real things, not illusions. Concrete art was the path forward, since it ”accustoms man to a direct relationship with things and not with the fiction of things”.

CONCRETE MATTERSImage courtsey of Moderna Museet

Over the ensuing decades, concretism was interpreted and reinterpreted by artists in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela. Despite obvious visual similarities, their works are also partly contradictory in innumerable ways with regard to the artists’ ideas and intentions. Countless artist factions were formed, broke up and reunited in the slightly more than four decades covered by this exhibition. Like the early-20th century avant-garde movements, these groups also occasionally presented utopian visions in texts and manifestos, which were distributed as flyers or printed in their own magazines, or published indaily newspapers.

CONCRETE MATTERSImage courtsey of Moderna Museet

Concrete Matters presents some 70 works made from the 1930s to the 1970s in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela, and is based on works in the collection Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

more. www.modernamuseet.se

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


FEEDBACK RELEASE: BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 3RD…

Events | September 10, 2021

ITSLIQUID Group is proud to announce the great success of the third edition of BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021, held in Barcelona, at Valid World Hall Gallery from September 04 to September 23, 2021, with the extraordinary participation of more than 50 artists coming from all over the world. Read more


ITSLIQUID Art Space

Uncategorized | September 7, 2021

ITSLIQUID Art Space is a perfectly sited and easily reached space for art shows in central Venice. It is in Castello, right by the two principal venues of the Biennale. The location overlooks the entrance to the Giardini gardens (where the statue of Garibaldi stands) and is also very near to the Arsenale. Read more


HANS OP DE BEECK: THE…

Art | September 3, 2021

Galleria Continua is pleased to present the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck’s solo show entitled The Boatman and Other Stories. The exhibition brings together previously unseen and recent sculptures that explore the still-life genre in a contemporary and anachronistic key. Read more


OPENING: HIDDEN TREASURES

Art | September 2, 2021

Casa Jaguar Studio invites you to the opening of the exhibition “Hidden Treasures” in the Centro Cívico Pere Pruna in Barcelona on September 9th, 2021. We will have guided visits from 06PM to 07:30PM and a music and poetry performance in the garden until 09PM. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!