This week at MAM-Rio

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


Opening | “Actions, strategies, and situations…”
28 Feb 2015 – 3 May 2015

Text by the curator, Marta Mestre
“Actions, strategies, and situations…” brings together stories of Brazilian and foreign art, which, according to Argentinean artist Luis Camnitzer, should be measured using different gauges, even though they are equally in a state of emergency in response to the changes in the traditional places of art.

In the MAM-Rio collections there is a focus on the output of artists who have reinterpreted the place of the artwork (its artistic presence), with the object yielding its importance to language or experience. This exhibition addresses these issues without intending to dub the selected artists as “conceptual,” but rather with the idea of bringing together a diversity of materials that cast into question some of the traditional, accepted notions from the field of art, especially until the 1960s, like object, institution, circuit, reception, and history.

The time frame stretches from Brazil’s experimental and concrete poetry (Décio Pignatari, Cloaca, 1957), a fertile time for the visual fluctuation of signifier and signified, to Marcius Galan’s contract (Obra de arte em 5 vias [Artwork in 5 copies], 2012), which addresses the nature of the art system and its critical analysis. From this period, we give precedence to the “actions, strategies, and situations” used in developing the works, which means two types of object are included that are still dealt with and studied separately in the institutional context: works of art and documents.

The proposition is to reinforce the different forms of art statement beyond traditional supports (painting, sculpture, etc.), bearing witness to MAM’s commitment to experimental propositions since the 1960s (e.g. the exhibitions Salão Bússola [Compass Salon] and Sala Experimental [Experimental Room]), and situating it in the conceptual turn art took at that time. A time when important groundwork was laid for the art of today, when artists diverted attention away from the physical object as the primary locus of the relationship with the viewer, raised the conception of the artwork above its material execution, and gave it a dematerialized, precarious, temporary nature.

One important feature of the works on display here is the attention to the narrative of experience and the rewriting of history. Many artists have started to make expressive use of the “document”, which has ceased to be external to historical events, but something that can be modified. Artists are new “historians” operating through institutional criticism and theircapacity to question and empower different types of records.

There is some friction at the interfaces between artwork and document in the materials present here: printed poem, book, photograph, photocopy, poster, documentation, contract, proposal, and mock-up.

“Actions, strategies, and situations…” is an invitation to observe the different kinds of archive held at the museum, which are dealt with on the same plane without any hierarchy or relative importance to share in the same conversation.

Amilcar de Castro
25 Nov 2014 – 15 Mar 2015
The exhibition presents a summary of Amilcar de Castro’s oeuvre, divided into four clusters: Outdoors sculptures – monumental sculptures in the Museum’s gardens; Sculpture and method – different size sculptures occupy the internal area; Drawings – large scale artworks on canvas and smaller scale ones on paper; and Graphic design – as a graphic designer, Amilcar had a revolutionary role, taking part as main author in the graphic reform of a Rio de Janeiro newspaper.

Thresholds – The Joaquim Paiva collection at MAM
11 Oct 2014 – 22 Mar 2015
In 2005, under a free lease, the Museum started holding the Joaquim Paiva Collection, currently with nearly two thousand works by Brazilian and foreign photographers, purchased since the 1980s.

Genealogias do Contemporâneo
Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand MAM

Permanent exhibition | curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio
Completely refurbished in April 2013, the exhibition is divided into:
Brazil: visions and vertigos, Broken cit, Hybrid bodies, Geometric breathings and Dive into the collection. This edition includes a set of works by Arlindo Daibert.

MAM Sua história, seu patrimônio
Permanent exhibition | curated by Elizabeth Catoia Varela
Show about MAM-Rio’s history and architecture. A great model of the Museum’s architectural set, graphic materials from different times are also exhibited.

Education and Art | Me, you and MAM

Family programme
Sundays 3pm
General public reception for visits to the collections and temporary exhibitions, development of educational and artistic activities indoors and outdoors the museum. Free admission

Group visits
– Tues to Fri 1pm and 3pm | Groups of up to 40 people
School group receptions, comprising guided tours, practical activities and artistic creation. Advised for student classes, NGOs and special education and social inclusion groups. Free admission

– Wed, Sat and Sun 4pm | Groups of up to 20 people
Programme for spontaneous visitor groups with guided tours through the Museum’s exhibitions. Free admission


sat 28

4x Visconti – Bellissima, by Luchino Visconti. Italy, 1951. With Anna Magnani, Alessandro Blasetti, Tina Apiccella. Subtitled in Portuguese. 100’. Woman does anything for her daughter become a movie star.

6pm 4x Visconti – Le Streghe, by Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Vittorio de Sica. Italy, 1967. With Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi. Subtitled in Portuguese. 121’. Film in five episodes, approaching in humurous way the feminine universe.

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85.
Parque do Flamengo.
Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brazil
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