Exhibition

Eight Decades of Informal Abstraction

Eight decades of Informal Abstraction in the collections of Instituto Casa Roberto Marinho and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

Dec 07 to Jun 09

Tuesday to Sunday from 12 am to 6 pm

R. Cosme Velho, 1105
Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Exhibition

Eight Decades of Informal Abstraction

Eight decades of Informal Abstraction in the collections of Instituto Casa Roberto Marinho and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

Dec 07 to Oct 27

Tuesday to Sunday from 12 am to 6 pm

R. Cosme Velho, 1105
Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Tomie Ohtake
Pintura nº 2, 1953 (Detail)

Pintura nº 2

Eight decades of Informal Abstraction in the collections of Instituto Casa Roberto Marinho and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

Abstract art began to be practiced in Brazil in the 1940s. Since the beginning, two lines emerged: informal abstraction and geometric abstraction. Informal abstraction is characterized by the expression of gestures by the artist, whether in the materials of painting or in sculpture; as a result, the style of each artist becomes very singular.

Geometric abstraction, on the other hand, is based on universal principles of mathematics and geometry, creating a more collective identity.

The artists who practiced informal abstraction in Brazil did not constitute permanent groups, since the singularity of each of their styles outweighed the general principles. Thus, in informal abstraction there is no school, as there is in geometric abstraction, which led to the formation of various groups such as Ruptura, Frente, and Neoconcreto. Likewise, there were no outstanding art critics who represented the informal artists, while there were those who defended geometric abstraction and accused informal abstraction of excessive subjectivism.

Nevertheless, informal abstraction sowed in Brazil an extensive field of gestural art and of the exploration of the material in the artwork. By bringing together two of the most important collections in Brazil, that of the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo and that of the Instituto Casa Roberto Marinho, we evidence the longstanding power of informal abstraction throughout the last eight decades. Despite recurring attacks against the informal as well as the fads that espoused geometric art, the artists who practiced informal abstraction in Brazil evince the consistency of their unique styles, their radicality in the exploration of the artistic material, and the visual lyricism of their compositions.

We invite the public for a fresh encounter with eight decades of informal abstraction in Brazil.

Felipe Chaimovich e Lauro Cavalcanti

Artists of the exhibition

Exhibition

Djanira: the Memory of Her People

The exhibition Djanira: the Memory of Her People reaffirms Casa Roberto Marinho’s commitment to modern art

Jun 28 to Oct 27

Tuesday to Sunday from 12 am to 6 pm

R. Cosme Velho, 1105
Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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Exhibition

Djanira: the Memory of Her People

The exhibition Djanira: the Memory of Her People reaffirms Casa Roberto Marinho’s commitment to modern art

Jun 28 to Oct 27

Tuesday to Sunday from 12 am to 6 pm

R. Cosme Velho, 1105
Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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Previous exhibitions

Modernos +

Modernos +

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - DEC 07 TO JUN 09 2019

Eight Decades of Informal Abstraction

Eight Decades of Informal Abstraction (2)

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - DEC 07 TO JUN 09 2019

Modernists 10

Modernists 10

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - APR 28 TO NOV 04 2018

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Artwork quantity: 124

10 Contemporaries

10 Contemporaries

Casa Roberto Marinho

Rio de Janeiro - APR 28 TO NOV 04 2018

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Artwork quantity: 10

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

São Paulo - JAN 16 TO APR 22 2018

Trusteeship: Felipe Chaimovich e Lauro Cavalcanti

Abstrações, Coleção Fundação Edson Queiroz e Coleção Roberto Marinho

Abstrações, Coleção Fundação Edson Queiroz e Coleção Roberto Marinho

Espaço Cultural Unifor

Fortaleza - JUL 01 TO JAN 31 2015

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Artwork quantity: 62

Um outro olhar, Coleção Roberto Marinho

Um outro olhar, Coleção Roberto Marinho

Paço Imperial

Rio de Janeiro - JUL 01 TO AUG 31 2013

Trusteeship: Lauro Cavalcanti

Artwork quantity: 199

Treasures of the Roberto Marinho’s Collection on BM&F Bovespa

Treasures of the Roberto Marinho’s Collection on BM&F Bovespa

Espaço Cultural BM&F Bovespa

São Paulo - OCT 10 TO JAN 29 2010

Trusteeship: Pedro Correa Lago

Artwork quantity: 28