DIDAC’s first exhibition pays tribute to Paulo Reis

(Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

In February 2006, the first number of DARDOmagazine, a publication specialized in the promotion of drawing and contemporary art, was published. It was the first step towards the creation of DIDAC (DARDO Instituto do Deseño e das Artes Contemporáneas), a Santiago de Compostela-based art foundation that opened its doors in the first week of March. Honoring one of its original founders, Brazilian artist Paulo Reis, who died in 2011, its first exhibition, “Specchio Paulo Reis” reunites works by 13 artists, most of them Brazilian, who have once worked with him.

Amongst them, there are two former PIPA Prize nominees: José Bechara and Sandra Cinto. Bechara presents here one of his most famous pictorial works, which uses, instead of pigments, iron, oxidized when in contact with the canvas. Sandra Cinto, on the hand, showcases the first of her drawings to use the color red, the series “Mother”. If in earlier works blue was the predominant color, red represents the confrontation between seduction and tragedy, the abysmal attraction of beauty and the strayed conscience of the traveler’s wounds. In these drawings, everything tends to escape, like the face without features that describes, from an unspeakable beauty, until what point we can be violent with our own world.

Curated by Galician David Barro, co-founder of DARDOmagazine together with Paulo Reis, the exhibition aims to express two of the main identity features of the newly born DIDAC. The first, its proximity and complicity with Portuguese and Brazilian contexts; the second, its belief in building bridges between creatives and people in general, a characteristic which belonged to Paulo Reis himself.

“Specchio: Paulo Reis”, group show featuring Albano Afonso, José Bechara, Rui Calçada Bastos, Sandra Cinto, José Pedro Croft, Rui Chafes, Iran do Espírito Santo, Fernanda Gomes, Nelson Leirner, Carlos Maciá, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto and Lygia Pape
Curated by David Barro
On view from March 3rd until May 14th, 2017

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