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Out of order – Works from the Helga de Alvear Collection

25 Jun 2016
26 Sep 2016

JUN 25, 2016
SEP 26, 2016

Pinacoteca de São Paulo presents one of the foremost collections of contemporary art in Europe, the exhibition titled “Fora da ordem – Obras da Coleção Helga de Alvear” [“Out of order – Works from the Helga de Alvear Collection”], with 137 works including paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, drawings and prints, nearly all of which are being exhibited for the first time ever in Brazil.

Opening: Saturday, June 25, at 11 am | Showing through September 26
The Helga de Alvear Collection is now one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Europe, based in Cáceres, Spain. Starting June 25, 137 works compiled by the German collector can be seen at Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture. The show, titled “Out of order – Works of Helga Alvear Collection” and sponsored by Banco Bradesco, will be on the first floor of the museum, with paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, drawings and prints made starting from the 1930s, with an emphasis on production from the mid-1960s to the present day. The vast majority of the works have never been exhibited in Brazil, and some of the artists will be shown in Brazil for the first time ever.
The pieces represent the work of nearly 70 artists, including influential names in modern art, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp and Josef Albers; artists related to some of the main movements of postwar America, such as Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman and Gordon Matta-Clark; major artists of contemporary production, like Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jeff Wall and Thomas Ruff; and others who began their careers in the last 30 years, such as Francis Alÿs, Pierre Huyghe, Mark Leckey, Martin Creed, Marcel Dzama, and Chen Wei. Brazilians Jac Leirner, Iran do Espírito Santo, and José Damasceno also participate in the show.

According to the curators – Ivo Mesquita, former technical director of the Pinacoteca, and José Augusto Ribeiro, of the Center for Research on Art History and Critique – the show privileges and juxtaposes two aspects of works that are predominant in the collection, but are usually seen as antagonistic in the history of art. “On the one hand, works of surrealist features, with high imaginative voltage, suggesting unrealistic situations. And on the other hand, pieces of geometric language, with simple, serial and self-referential forms, linked to the constructive features, to hard-edge painting, to American minimalism and European manifestations of what is known as post-minimalism,” said Mesquita.

The intention is not only to mark the differences between these two aspects, but also to indicate the points of connection between them. “Out of order” points to the energetic intensity of structures with abstract logic, often described as neutral, somber and discreet, as well as to what exists in terms of calculation, discipline and construction in situations of nonsense and absurdity,” added Ribeiro.

The show will run through September 26, 2016, on the 1st floor of the Pinacoteca – located at Praça da Luz, 2. Admission is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and visitors are allowed to remain until 6:00 pm. Tickets cost R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 (half-price for students, seniors, etc.). Admission is free-of-charge for children under 10 and adults over 60. On Saturdays, admission is free for all visitors.

More about Helga de Alvear
Born in Germany (Kirn) in 1936, Helga de Alvear has been living in Madrid, Spain since 1957. Ten years after relocating there, she began to compile her art collection. Starting in 1980, she began her work in Spain, stimulating local production and contributing to the creation of the Arco Art Fair in 1982. In 2006, she created the Helga de Alvear Foundation Center for the Arts, which was supported by the government of the Spanish region of Extremadura. The institution was born of the commitment to publicize the collection of Helga de Alvearm who is also a gallery owner. Today, the foundation’s collection includes around 3,000 pieces with diverse languages, materialities and conformations, ranging – in physical dimension – from small scale to architectural scale. Its core pieces favor early European photography, American minimalism and its development since the 1970s, Spanish contemporary art, German photography of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as large-scale works, especially environments and installations from 1990 to the present, and other works commissioned by Helga de Alvear herself. fundacionhelgadealvear.es/en/

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