Born in Greece (Athens, 1929) and based in São Paulo since 1961, Nicolas Vlavianos will be honored with a solo exhibit at Pina Estação, which is the second building of Pinacoteca – the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture. The exhibit Vlavianos: Trajetória opens on March 25, Greece National Day, under the responsibility of Valeria Piccoli, chief curator of the museum. The show is sponsored by BR Properties and Comerc Energia, with support from the Greek Consulate.
The show features drawings and sculptures, accompanied by designs that demonstrate the plastic mindset that guides the artistic expression of Vlavianos. A retrospective with pieces from the 1960s until today, major works from the most significant stages of Vlavianos’ career. “The uniqueness of Vlavianos work in the context of Brail’s sculptural production has been noted by critics since the beginning of his career, in the 1960s. Always shifting between geometric rigor and organic form, the artist brings from his Greek origins and his apprenticeship period in Paris a profound reflection on the tradition of sculpture and the modern legacy. He also remains an important reference for future generations, due to his role as a teacher,” explains Piccoli.
The artist’s sculptural production merges elements coming from Greek mythology, the cult of the machine and progress, as well as the representation of elements of nature. The drawings on display in the show were made more freely, and are also reasonings on shape and space. The aim of the exhibit is to reconstruct a small corner of the artist’s studio, in order to highlight the more artisanal side of the execution of his sculptures; after all, although he always uses industrial materials such as iron or stainless steel, his procedures are rather hands-on. A catalog with introductory text, a timeline, an interview, images, and text by the curator will be released in the coming months.
Vlavianos: Trajetória remains on view through June 26, 2017, on the fourth floor of Pina Estação, the second building of the Pinacoteca, located at Largo General Osorio, 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. Pina Estação is located near the Luz station of the CPTM. pinacoteca.org.br – +55 (11) 3324-1000.
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Vlavianos is one of the outstanding figures of Brazilian sculpture, both for his solid artistic trajectory and for his role in training new artists; since 1969 he has taught “Three-dimensional Expression” at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP). He arrived in Brazil in 1961 as a guest artist of the Bienal de São Paulo, and stayed forever. He settled in São Paulo in that same year, after a visit to Paris, where he studied with Ossip Zadkine and Laszlo Szabo, and participated in the exhibition dedicated to abstract art – Réalités Nouvelles. Across the spectrum of his production, the tension between organic form and abstraction remains. Vlavianos developed very unique efforts on Brazilian soil, developing his work somewhat on the fringes of the discussions that guided the production of the concretists and neoconcretists, as well as conceptual art in the 1970s.