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In the suburbs of modernity – Di Cavalcanti 120 years

02 Sep 2017
29 Jan 2018

One of the most important artists of Brazilian Modernism, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti will be the theme of a retrospective exhibition at the Pinacoteca of São Paulo, a museum of the Secretariat of Culture of the State of São Paulo. “In the suburbs of modernity – Di Cavalcanti 120 years” opens on September 2nd, 2017, the month in which the 120th anniversary of the artist is celebrated. Among paintings, drawings and illustrations, more than 200 works, produced throughout a career spanning for almost six decades and now belonging to some of the most important public and private collections in Brazil and other Latin American countries such as Uruguay and Argentina, will be exhibited.

Iconic artworks, as well as those not widely exhibited will be distributed in seven rooms on the first floor of Pina Luz, under the curatorship of José Augusto Ribeiro. According to the researcher, the exhibition examines how the artist develops and tries to establish an idea of “Brazilian and modern art”, besides underlining the condition and the feeling of Brazil’s delay in relation to European modernity in the beginning of the 20th century. “At the same time, the title refers to the places that the artist used to represent in his paintings and drawings: the brothels, the bars, the port area, the mangroves, the morros [hills] of Rio de Janeiro, the samba circles and the popular festivals – places and situations that, in Di’s work, are represented as places of pleasure and rest,” explains Ribeiro.

In addition to Di Cavalcanti’s public career as a painter, the exhibition will also highlight lesser known aspects of his trajectory, such as illustrations and cartoons for magazines, books and even music album covers. His status as cultural mobilizer and member of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCB) will also be addressed. “This engagement reinforces his desire to transform the modernist movement into a kind of national project,” adds Ribeiro.

The Pinacoteca is preparing a catalogue that will bring together three unpublished essays written by the curator of the exhibition, José Augusto Ribeiro, the art and design historian Rafael Cardoso, and art critic and teacher Ana Belluzzo. The book will also include reproductions of the exhibited works, a comprehensive illustrated chronology and a compilation of previously published texts on the artist’s trajectory. The exhibition is sponsored by Bradesco, Sabesp, Ultra, Mattos Filho Office and Alexandre Birman.

 “In the suburbs of modernity – Di Cavalcanti 120 years” will remain on view until January 22nd, 2018, housed on the 1st floor of Pina Luz – Praça da Luz, 02. Visitation is open to the public Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm – last admission 5:30 pm – and tickets are R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 (half-price). Free for children under 10 and adults over 60. On Saturdays, admission is free for all visitors. Pina Luz is located near Luz Metro and Railway (CPTM) station.