LYGIA PAPE @ The Met Breuer, New York
MAR 21 – JUL 23, 2017
Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms
The Met Breuer, New York
March 21 – July 23, 2017

Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms
The Met Breuer, New York
March 21–July 23, 2017

The first major retrospective exhibition in the United States devoted to Brazilian artist Lygia Pape (1927–2004) will open at The Met Breuer in the spring of 2017. A critical figure in the development of Brazilian modern art, Pape combined geometric abstraction with notions of body, time, and space in unique ways aiming to integrate the art object with life experience. Covering a prolific, unclassifiable career that spanned five decades, the exhibition will examine Pape’s extraordinarily rich oeuvre as manifest across varied media, from sculpture, prints, and painting to installation, performance, and film.

Alongside Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape is one of the most prominent artists of her generation and was a leading protagonist at a crucial moment for the history of art in Brazil. During a period of intense industrialization following World War II, concrete and constructivist European trends entered the country where figuration had been the dominant vocabulary. Pape was part of the Concrete movement (Grupo Frente) in Rio de Janeiro, reworking the legacies of geometric abstraction. It then evolved in 1959 into the Neoconcrete group, aimed at giving priority to experimentation and process over any normative principle. She was among the first to consider integrating the space of the artwork with the space of the viewer with works that demand participation or interaction, marking a breakthrough moment in 20th-century art.

The exhibition is made possible by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation and The Garcia Family Foundation.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with Projeto Lygia Pape.

The exhibition will present a selection of paintings, drawings, and reliefs from the 1950s, including a select series of her woodcuts Tecelares; a section devoted to her series of experimental books, including Livro da criação (Book of Creation) (1959–60) and Livro do tempo (Book of Time) (1961–63)—epitomes of Neoconcretism; and Pape’s performance and participatory works, such as her memorable living sculpture Divisor (Divider) (1967) and Roda dos prazeres (Wheel of Pleasures) (1968).

Popular culture and vernacular architecture were essential reference points in Pape’s work during the repressive years of dictatorship that followed Brazil’s period of modernization. The exhibition will bring together her photographic series of urban life in Rio de Janeiro such as Espaços imantados (Magnetized Spaces) (c. 1982 and 1995) and Favela da Maré (1974–76). It will also present selections of her experimental films and her collaborations with the influential filmmakers of Cinema Novo. Finally, her later series of sculptural works and installations including Amazoninos (1989–1992), Banquete tupinambá (Tupinamba Banquet) (2000), and Ttéia (1976-2002) will attest to her interdisciplinary approach and continued experimentation with new materials.
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OCT 14, 2017 – JUN 24, 2018
SUBODH GUPTA @ Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, OCT 14, 2017 – JUN 24, 2018

FEB 16 – AUG 12, 2018
LEON FERRARI @ PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami, FEB 16 – AUG 12, 2018

FEB 15 – JUL 22, 2018
EVA KOTATKOVA @ Pirelli HangarBiocca, Milan, FEB 15 – JUL 22, 2018

MAR 24 – OCT 21, 2018
LINDER STERLING @ Chatsworth House Trust, England, MAR 24 – OCT 21, 2018

APR 28 – JUN 30, 2018
DAVE MULLER @ BLUM & POE, New York, APR 28 – JUN 30, 2018

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