AUG 6, 2016
FEB 20, 2017
Commemorative exhibit includes installations on the fourth floor of Estação Pinacoteca
“Situações: a instalação no acervo da Pinacoteca de São Paulo” [“Situations: Art installations in the collection of Pinacoteca de São Paulo”] presents contemporary works by artists such as Guto Lacaz, Jac Leirner, Cildo Meireles, Carla Zaccagnini, and Mariana Manhães.
Opening: Saturday, August 06, 2016, at 11 am | Showing through February 20, 2017
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the art museum of São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, is commemorating its 110th anniversary through the end of 2016, a celebration that has evoked many important reflections on the history of the institution, its collections and activities. In this context, the museum organized the exhibit titled “Situations: Art installations in the collection of Pinacoteca de São Paulo, which gathers 13 works by 13 artists either originally from Brazil or currently residing here, including Guto Lacaz, Jac Leirner, Cildo Meireles, Carla Zaccagnini and Mariana Manhães.
The works in this show – all belonging to the Pinacoteca’s permanent collection – present different forms of appropriation of space, and the relationship between art work and the public. Despite their differences, they carry a fundamental characteristic of the installation – they require the presence and direct interaction of the spectators.
“The choice to highlight the various ways in which Brazilian artistic production, since the 1980s, has manifested itself through installations, reflects the Pinacoteca’s option for a comprehensive look at the production of contemporary art. Therefore, far from forcing a univocity of the work, the show chooses to select works whose assembly is unprecedented at the institution or those that have not been exposed to the public for some time,” explains curator Fernanda Pitta.
The show will run up to February 20, 2017, on the fourth floor of Estação Pinacoteca – Largo General Osório, 66. 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.
“In the last decade, we noticed a large increase in the museum’s contemporary art collection, supported by “Patrons of Contemporary Art” Program and through significant loans-for-use, such as the Roger Wright collection. Particularly prominent among these works is the set of works that are installations. This presence is significant in the collection and also in the institution’s exhibition schedule,” stated Tadeu Chiarelli, general director of the Pinacoteca.
This exhibit was made possible by the Rouanet Law, which provides for incentives for culture-related projects.
More about art installations
In contemporary art, the word installation has been used since the 1960s to describe the mode of organization of an exhibit. Gradually, the term started being used to describe works of art corresponding to spaces for an immersive experience that aims to raise public awareness on how art objects are located in space and how our bodily experience responds to these arrangements: rooms suitable for displaying videos, installing objects of various kinds in the space, or even environments and structures specially designed to be experienced by the public.