“A Mão Negativa”, group show comprising 50 works by 38 artists | Film screening this Friday

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Parque Lage Visual Arts School opens on the 20th June the exhibition “A Mão Negativa”, curated by Bernardo José de Souza. The project is part of a visiting curator programme, with about 50 works by 38 Brazilian and foreign artists, ocuppying different spaces of the park – the palace, stables, tower, grotto, among others.

“A Mão Negativa” includes a talk with the curator and the Visual Arts School director Lisette Lagnado, on the 23rds, and special Cine Lage screenings on the 26th June and the 31st July.

Bernardo José de Souza says the exhibition, “largely inspired by science fiction”, “sees the park space as an archeological site, explored by different civilizations in a distant future, after people have left Rio de Janeiro due to the scorching temperatures and a great wave left the city partially underwater in the year of 2074”.

“Parque Lage visitors – in the role of future explorers – will find traces of previous civilizations: sculptures, images, architectures and ruins charged with an iconic content and symbolism”. The curator points out that the works are “essentially visual, physically shocking the viewer”.

“I am also happy with the thought that visitors come to the park for a walk, to enjoy the beauty in nature and the palace architecture and the other buildings, to spontaneously find artworks spread across the park grounds, like sprouts”, he says. “I hope the public relates to these works naturally, positively or negatively, finding them beautiful or hideous, but that the works cause some strangeness”.

Featured artists:
Avalanche, Barrão, Cinthia Marcelle, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika Verzutti, Fancy Violence, Leo Felipe, Leticia Ramos, Luciana Brites, Luiz Roque, Maurício Ianês, Michel Zózimo, Rafael RG, Ricardo Castro, Tiago Rivaldo, Vera Chaves Barcellos, Stefan Panhans, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Sara Ramo, Audrey Cottin, Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Pablo Pijnappel, Marguerite Duras, Jean Cocteau, Tomaso de Luca, Elena Narbutaite, Gintaras Didziapetris, Susana Guardado

Cine Lage | This Friday, the 26th, at 8pm, in the Pool patio

As part of the exhibition, the park will be screening two films:

Jean Cocteau’s “Orpheus” (1950)
Cocteau, in a personal point of view, transports the legend of Orpheus to modern France. Here he is a great poet, copied by younger ones, in need of new inspirations. Orpheus will search outside our material world through a mirror to find a dreamlike, spiritual universe.

Mariana Kaufman’s “Natureza Morta” (2015)
Writings left for visitors from different times, writings left by nature? Inside the park time is confused. You cannot capture it. It is all fiction.

“A Mão Negativa”, group show with Cinthia Marcelle, Cristiano Lenhardt, Leticia Ramos, Maurício Ianês, Rafael RG, Rodolpho Parigi, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Sara Ramo
Curated by Bernardo José de Souza
Opening: 20th June, from 3 to 10pm
On view through 6th August

Parque Lage Visual Arts School
Rua Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – RJ – CEP 22.461-000
Tel 21 3257.1800
Fax 21 3257.1822

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