The exhibition “Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art” presents one of the many possible constellations of artworks produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s. The group show starts today, September 1st, at the Phoenix Art Museum and exhibits the works of over 50 artists, including 17 PIPA Prize nominees: Dora Longo Bahia, Rodrigo Braga, Lia Chaia, Sandra Cinto, Felipe Cohen, Lenora de Barros, Marcius Galan, Lucia Koch, Laura Lima, Cinthia Marcelle, Rodrigo Matheus, Odires Mlászho, Marcelo Moscheta, Pedro Motta, Caio Reisewitz, Thiago Rocha Pitta and Laura Vinci.
The works onview belong to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, (MAM-SP) and this exhibition is first major presentation of artworks from the Institution in the United States. Although the show claims to present a panorama of Brazilian contemporary art production in a specific period of time, it is not intended as a definitive survey, but rather a contribution to the ongoing conversation about what Brazilian art is and can be.
The title “Past/Future/Present” alludes to the creative dialogues artists maintain with past Brazilian artistic traditions while also looking towards the future with a wider, global perspective. The featured artists often invoke national art histories, either in tribute or subversion, but also participate in current global artistic discussions. The exhibition gathers such diversity (in proposal, aesthetic and media) in order to illustrate that contemporary Brazilian art cannot be defined by a single “ism” or contained within any one category.
“Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art”, group show with Albano Afonso, Keila Alaver, Efrain Almeida, Rafael Assef, Dora Longo Bahia, Rodrigo Braga, Waltercio Caldas, Rogério Canella, Carlito Carvalhosa, Leda Catunda, Lia Chaia, Sandra Cinto, Felipe Cohen, Rochelle Costi, José Damasceno, Lenora de Barros, Antonio Dias, Iran do Espírito Santo, Marcius Galan, Anna Bella Geiger, Carmela Gross, Tadeu Jungle, Lucia Koch, Nelson Leirner, Jac Leirner, José Leonilson, Artur Lescher, Laura Lima, Antonio Manuel, Cinthia Marcelle, Marepe, Rodrigo Matheus, Cildo Meireles, Beatriz Milhazes, Odires Mlászho, Marcelo Moscheta, Pedro Motta, Vik Muniz, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Nazareth Pacheco, Rosana Paulino, Pazé, Penna Prearo, Florian Raiss, Caio Reisewitz, Rosângela Rennó, Eryk Rocha & Tunga, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Regina Silveira, Valeska Soares, Ana Maria Tavares, Tunga, Adriana Varejão, Cássio Vasconcellos, Laura Vinci, Carlos Zilio, Marcelo Zocchio.
On view from September 1st through December 31st
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