MAM-Rio presents “Crystallization”, by Jaildo Marinho

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

A PIPA Prize partner – the museum hosts the award’s Finalists Exhibition every year –, the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) presents, starting this Saturday, May 27th, the exhibition “Crystallization”, by Jaildo Marinho. The show’s title originates from an installation of the same name which reproduces, in the museum’s scale, the slow process through which a crystal is formed.

Besides the installation, the exhibition also features other five sculptures and 13 paintings, composing an interesting reinterpretation of the Brazilian neo-concretism trend from the 1960s, which launched into stardom illustrious names such as Hélio Oiticica and Waldemar Cordeiro. That doesn’t mean, however, that Marinho ignores his own zetgeist: according to curator Jacques Leenhardt, his strategies when dealing with space are typical of contemporary art.

“The generation of artists to which Jaildo belongs thinks first in terms of perceptible space and thus also in terms of museum space. The work of art is no longer appreciated in its autonomy as a self-enclosed object. It belongs primarily to an ensemble, to which each part brings its contribution to the exhibition as a whole, which provides the framework from which each element draws its meaning”, states Leenhardt in the introductory text to the show.

On top of that, the main artwork on view (defined by the curator as “emblematic of the exhibition as a whole”) also proposes a different experience of another dimension: that of time. By juxtaposing the brief moment of the visitation with the secular time of the mineral, “Crystallization” would “open the mysterious gates to the unfathomable”, to quote the curator. He writes: “The enigmatic power of this artifice plunges the spectator into shock, between the uncertain tricks of their own memory and the insurmountable stillness of mineral time. In that you have a unique aesthetic experience, which is the true reward to be found in Jaildo Marinho’s exhibition.”

Artist Jaildo Marinho along some of his creations

“Crystallization”, solo show by Jaildo Marinho
Curated by Jacques Leenhardt
On view from May 27th through July 2nd, 2017

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