Solo exhibition “Américas”, by Arjan Martins, opening at MAM-Rio

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Curated by Paulo Sérgio Duarte, the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro holds, from 2nd July, a solo exhibition by Arjan Martins, entitled “Américas”.

Américas, by Paulo Sergio Duarte:

Although contemporary art has returned to the thematic universes, after a disruption with the modern past, this return is followed by poetic and formal demands. In this exhibition, named by Arjan Martins as “Américas”, the main theme is otherness, ethnic solidarity. But this return we lately see in Arjan does not overshadow the image quality. Clearly the expressive matter is present, a very successful choice. Expressionism, although it has contributed largely to Brazilian art history – it is enough to mention Segall, Goeldi, Guignard, Iberê Camargo – was never a programmatic current and neither has it formed as a movement, like it did in Germany for instance. It occurred in remarkable episodes to build up a strand of our visibility that differs radically from constructivist tradition and geometric abstractionism – these movements, on their turn, present a clear ideal of rationality in the tropics dominated by affection.

Arjan chooses for expressive tradition. He is not alone in contemporary Brazilian painting in this field, but there is something rather important that draws attention in his language and that makes him stand out: there are no gimmicks. If it is possible for lyricism to be straightforward, and often harsh, or even better, raw, that is Arjan’s lyricism. There is nothing epic or dramatic, in the theatrical sense of the word, but a lyrical invention of ways to approach themes that are racial, ethnic. The painter’s art is transforming a tragedy, a drama, a story that is ours, in this strict, austere lyricism. However, his oeuvre oscillates between portraits of wholesome figures, spotted on their day-to-day lives, and image fragments that inhabit the same canvas. There lies his versatility in form. Talent is not distributed like rational contemporary equations, dominated by the market demands. Talent rests, God knows why, in privileged spirits. Arjan is one of those spirits.

“Américas”, solo exhibition by Arjan Martins
From 2nd July to 24th August

Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro
Av Infante Dom Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo 20021-140 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil.
T +55 (21) 3883 5600 facebook/museudeartemodernarj

Opening hours (winter: 06 jul – 22 set)
Tues – Fri 12am – 6pm | Weekends and holidays 11am – 6pm
Box office closes half an hour before visiting hours.

Exhibitions – R$12,00 (free movie session included for the day the ticket is printed.
Adults over 60 and children under 12 – R$6,00.
Sunday tickets for families up to 5 people – R$12,00.
Cinematheque – R$6,00
Adults over 60 and children under 12 – R$3,00.

Friends of I, children under 12 and employees from the sponsor companies and partners (upon name badge presenting, plus one included) and Wednesdays after 3pm.

Address references: MAM is located between the Pracinhas Monument and Santos Dumont Airport.

Bus lines and stops
From South Zone >> Via Parque do Flamengo: 472 (Leme), 438(Leblon),154 (Ipanema), 401 (Flamengo), 422 (Cosme Velho). Avenida Beira Mar bus stop across the path.
Via Aterro: 121, 125 e 127 (Copacabana). Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos bus stop across the French Consulate.
From North Zone >> 422 (Tijuca), 472 (São Cristóvão), 438 (Vila Isabel),401 (Rio Comprido). Avenida Presidente Wilson bus stop, across Academia Brasileira de Letras.
From West Zone >>Frescão Taquara-Castelo (via Zona Sul). Nearest bus stop at Avenida Presidente Wilson across Academia Brasileira de Letras.
Subway: Cinelândia Station

Disabled access Wheelchairs and ramps to the exhibition rooms, elevators and equipped toilets.

Paid parking lot open from 7am to 10pm.

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