Vanderlei Lopes gives new meanings to symbolic Brazilian artworks in “Grilagem”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Vanderlei Lopes is on view at MAM-Rio with the solo show “Grilagem” [“Land grabbing”], in which the artist makes use of symbolical artwork copies, placing them in boxes with crickets that will suggest they are older than they seem to be.

As a term linked to the unlawful expropriation of land by forging titles of ownership allowing the illegal occupancy of public or private land, “Grilagem” (land grabbing) is a common practice in Brazil. It has a “simple” method of operation. Falsified deeds are placed in boxes with crickets (“grilos” in Portuguese) whose feces will give the document characteristics of antique paper, making the title appear as if it had been produced many years before.

Vanderlei Lopes’ proposed exhibition at MAM is ironic and critical of the whole development ideology that took overBrazilas translated into president Kubitschek’s ‘Fifty Years’ Progress in Five’ plan. Speed up time, leave the past behind, bring about/forge the future. All that pervades land grabbing.

In this exhibition, Lopes literally creates forged contemporary works of artists from that historical time who now belong to the canon of art history, namely: Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Waldemar Cordeiro, among others. He makes small changes in measurements and palette, thus transforming and, why not, honoring our concrete and neo-concrete heroes. The artist says that “these works are made in gouache on paper and, if the original work was not made on paper, I pretend there is a study for such a work.”

“Grilagem” shuffles the cards and gives back, on a constant spirit of fair play with the viewer, new terms and parameters for us to think how sense in history and art are brought about. The exhibition unfolds into “Genealogies of contemporary/ geometric breaths” (3rd floor), suggesting a dialog with the permanent collection of MAM-Rio.

“Grilagem”, solo show by Vanderlei Lopes
Curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio and Marta Mestre
On view through 9th November

Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro
Av Infante Dom Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo 20021-140 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil.
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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$14,00
Adults over 60 and students – R$7,00.
Sunday tickets for families up to 5 people – R$14,00.
Cinematheque – R$7,00

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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

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