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OSGEMEOS: Segredos (Secrets)

15 Oct 2020
03 May 2021

The Pinacoteca de São Paulo museum, managed by the State of São Paulo Culture and Creative Economy Department displays, from October, 15, 2020 to May, 3, 2021, OSGEMEOS: Segredos [Secrets], the first panoramic exhibition of the artistic duo made up by brothers Otávio and Augusto Pandolfo (São Paulo, 1974). The exhibition, presented by Bradesco, gathers more than 1000 items,  of which about 50 never shown in Brazil, and more than 1.000 items from their rich imagery.

The duo has carved out a path in the art world without ever losing sight of their wish to remain accessible to the general public. That path has included participating in shows at major international institutions, such as Hamburger Bahnhof, in Berlin, 2019, with a project devised in partnership with the Berlin breakdance group Flying Steps, a great international award-winner; the Vancouver Biennale, Canada (2014); MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); MOT – Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, and Tate Modern, London, UK (both in 2008); and the Milano Trienale (2006), among others. In the course of their career, the brothers have also been invited to create works for important public spaces in more than 60 countries, including Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Australia, Cuba and the United States – featuring the electronic displays at Times Square, New York (2015) – among others.

Their works tell stories (sometimes autobiographical) whose plots involve fantasy, emotional relationships, questionings, dreams and life experiences. OSGEMEOS still have their studio in Cambuci, an old immigrant working-class neighborhood in downtown São Paulo, in which they spent their childhood and youth. From the 1990s onwards, their experimentations – not only graffiti-wise, but also involving easel painting and both static and moving sculptures – outgrew the two-dimensional limit and culminated in the creation of a unique universe operating on the interface between dream and reality.

At the Pinacoteca exhibition, the duo presents paintings, immersive installations, sound installations, sculptures, site-specific interventions, drawings and notebooks. The notebooks, dating from their teenage years and now presented to the public for the first time, precede their famous yellow characters and throw light on the roots of their emergence. The body of works takes the museum by assault and occupies all seven temporary exhibition rooms at the first floor, as well as one of the courtyards, several inner and outer spaces and, last but not least, the Octagon, which holds a specially-designed installation.

As a traditional institution devised to foster art production in Brazil, Pinacoteca reaffirms its engagement by presenting a comprehensive review of OSGEMEOS’ output, opening a year dedicated to the relationship between art and the city. “If in modern times the phenomenon of art has had the city as its place of existence, to think about art is to think about its incorporation in urban life. The urban reality, the city itself, the relationships that take hold in that particular space, are not only subjects of art, but also the very manner of its manifestation. To live in the city is to partake of a unique sociability marked by commuting, anonymity, collective production and conflict- and inequality-generating factors, but also charged with a potential for freedom and change, which are very dear to modern and contemporary art practices”, concludes Jochen Volz, general director at Pinacoteca and the show’s curator.

During the months in which the exhibition is on display, the museum will be filled with the unmistakable style and spelling of the artist duo. Pina’s store will receive a set of new products designed by them, such as mugs, t-shirts and caps. Temporarily, the traditional sign on the facade bearing the institution’s name, created by the award-winning graphic designer Carlos Perrone in the 1990s, will be replaced by a luminous one designed especially by OSGEMEOS. Likewise, the electronic signatures of the museum employees’ e-mails, which today bear the institution’s logo, will be temporarily changed to the new identity.

The exhibition is sponsored by Bradesco (quota presents), Samsung and Grupo Boticário (master quota), IRB Brasil RE (platinum quota), Iguatemi São Paulo and GOL Linhas Aéreas (gold quota), escritório Mattos Filho, Allergan, Cielo and Comgás (silver quota) and Havaianas (quota bronze).



OSGEMEOS: Segredos [Secrets] features two catalogues in both Portuguese and English. The first catalogue includes a presentation by Pinacoteca´s general director Jochen Volz, previously unpublished essays by Julia Flamingo and Paulo Portella and pictures of the works shown in the exhibition and of other projects. The second catalogue features views of the exhibition at Pinacoteca de São Paulo.



The Pinacoteca Educational Action Center (NAE) offers material to support pedagogical practice for educational institutions and a virtual training course for teachers on a date to be defined. Guided tours for groups will be temporarily suspended.



Before entering the Pinacoteca, the visitors will have their temperature checked, and anyone feeling unwell or with a temperature at or above 37.5°C, will not be admitted and will be advised to seek medical help. The use of mask will be mandatory in all facilities and throughout the visit. It will not be allowed to remove the mask at any time, including for taking photographs and selfies. Hand sanitizer will be available in all spaces and, in addition, a new signage will guide visitors through our spaces, indicating the circulation flow, to guarantee social distance of 1.5m, minimum.

The museum will operate on a reduced schedule, from 2 pm to 8 pm daily, and the visitors flow will be guided by our staff and by a new signage designed to facilitate circulation. The time spent in the building will also be limited to 1 (one) hour.

Advance timed tickets will be sold online at the Pinacoteca website (www.pinacoteca.org.br). Free tickets given by IRB Brazil RE, from 10/15 to 10/23, will also require advance timed ticket booked at the Pinacoteca website.

On Saturdays, admission is also free, however you must also book online.

Please find the complete protocol available on the Pina website (www.pinacoteca.org.br).



The duo’s recent projects include solo shows at First Art Museum (Nashville, 2019), Hamburger Bahnhof (with breakdance group Flying Steps) (Berlin, 2019), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, 2018), Pirelli HangarBicocca (Milan, 2016), Museu Casa do Pontal (Rio de Janeiro, 2015) and ICA – The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, 2012). Their works are featured in major collections around the world, such as MOT (Tokyo), Franks-Suss Collection (London), MAM-SP (São Paulo), Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo) and Museu Casa do Pontal (Rio de Janeiro).



With hundreds of sponsored projects annually, Bradesco believes that culture is a transformative agent of society. Besides the Bradesco Theater, the bank supports initiatives contributing to the liability of cultural manifestations, from north and South of the country, reassuring its commitment to the democratic wide access to art, such as regional events, fairs, exhibitions, cultural centers, orchestras, musicals and many others. Like the Bradesco Theater, many institutions and cultural spaces supported by the bank promoted actions so that the public could continue to be entertained – albeit virtually – during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently, the bank launched Bradesco Cultura (Bradesco Culture), a digital platform gathering contents related to cultural initiatives sponsored by the institution. Visit at cultura.bradesco.



OSGEMEOS: Segredos [Secrets]

Curated by Jochen Volz

Open for visitation: October 15, 2020

Wednesdays-Mondays from 14 pm to 6 pm.

Pinacoteca de São Paulo:

Pina Luz Building

Praça da Luz 2, São Paulo, SP – Temporary Galleries and Octagon (1st floor), courtyard 1 and other inner and outer spaces

However, you must book online at www.pinacoteca.org.br.

People under 10 and over 60 are granted free access.

On Saturdays, access to Pina is free for all.

Tickets: R$ 25,00 (entry); R$ 12,50 (half-entry for identified students)* ticket sales only through the website www.pinacoteca.org.br.

Important: The physical box office remaining closed.