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Territories: Artists of African Descent in the Collection of the Pinacoteca

12 Dec 2015
27 Jun 2016

DEC 12, 2015
JUN 27, 2016

The Pinacoteca, a museum operated by the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, on December 12 opens its latest exhibition titled “Territórios: Artistas Afrodescendentes no Acervo da Pinacoteca”, (“Territories: Artists of African Descent in the Pinacoteca’s Collection”), in celebration of the institution’s 110th anniversary, featuring important works signed by Brazilian artists of African descent. The exhibition, on display at Estação Pinacoteca, presents a unique look that intends to give greater visibility to this collection while, at the same time, valuing the legacy of these artists.

The curator’s proposal is to resume the Pinacoteca’s major contributions to the historiography of Brazilian art introduced under the administration of Emanoel Araújo (1992–2002), the Pinacoteca’s first black director, by presenting a part of the Institution’s core of Afro-Brazilian artists, plus new acquisitions as well.

In all, there are 106 works, including paintings, engravings, drawings, sculptures, and installations, which trace the different profiles of artistic production by Afro-Brazilians from the eighteenth century until the present day. The works are divided into three sets and arranged according to the familiarity of the themes or territories: Western Matrices, African Matrices, and Contemporary Matrices. Unconcerned about chronological order, the exhibition raises the possibility of understanding the production and inclusion of these artists in the collection of the Pinacoteca as well as in the circuit established in its context.

Among the works on display is the self-portrait produced in 1908 by Arthur Timótheo da Costa, donated in 1956, i.e., 51 years after the grand-opening of the Pinacoteca – it’s first work by a black artist. Mestre Valentim, Antonio Bandeira, Rubem Valentim, Jaime Lauriano and Rosana Paulino are also among the featured artists. Another highlight is work of Rommulo Vieira Conceição acquired in November by the “Patrons of the Pinacoteca” program, which began in 2012 and today counts on 72 supporting couples.

“With the entry of the first works by young Afro-Brazilian artists into the Pinacoteca’s collection, we had the idea of formulating a show that articulates them in relation to those existing in the collection. One of the Institution’s strategies is to reflect on part of its history and, at the same time, to take closer look at works produced by artists of African descent already in the collection, in light of the new arrivals,” explains Chiarelli.

The show runs through June 13, 2016, on the fourth floor of Estação Pinacoteca, located at 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.).