Inspired by the symbolic hyperrealist painting genre known as Vanitas, created by Dutch and Flemish in XV and XVI centuries, “Nightfall” discusses the role of painting on XXI century. The ancient genre was created influenced by the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible: ‘Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity’, which reproduced symbols such as luxury objects, skulls and flowers to describe the fragility of life and ego as an opposition to the idea of “our own bodies’ finitude while offering sparkling promises of a lustful existence”.
In this sense, the exhibition receives 50 international painters, including the Brazilians Lucas Arruda, PIPA Prize 2012 nominee, Adriano Costa, PIPA 2012, 2013 and 2016 nominee, Erika Versutti, PIPA Prize 2010 nominee, Patricia Leite, PIPA Prize 2010 nominee and Pedro Caetano, PIPA Prize 2015 nominee. The current artists symbolize the power of paintings during the digital era, since, according to the curators Fernanda Brenner, member of the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee 2015 and 2018, Erika Verzutti and Milovan Farronato “we insist on paintings because they hold mystery”.
“Nightfall”, collective with 50 international painters, including Lucas Arruda, Adriano Costa, Erika Versutti, Patricia Leite, and Pedro Caetano
Curated by Erika Versutti, Fernanda Brenner and Milovan Farronato
From November 7th to January 19th
MENDES WOOD DM
13 Rue des Sablons / Zavelstraat- 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm