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Tunga: Tríade Trindade

24 Feb 2018
04 Jun 2018

For the first time ever, Pinacoteca São Paulo – the art museum of the State Secretariat of Culture – hosts Tríade Trindade (2001), a work by the artist Tunga, originally from Pernambuco. The piece was acquired in 2016 through Pinacoteca’s Patrons Program. It will be displayed in the Octógono starting February 24. The assembly is based on the first presentation of the work, during the artist’s retrospective at Jeu de Paume museum in Paris, France, in 2001, where the piece was colored by red lights. The exhibition is sponsored by Iguatemi São Paulo.

Tríade Trindade contains the symbolic and energetic charges that particularize Tunga’s production. Both by its physical constitution – a structure composed of metal and magnets, five meters high and weighing four tons – and by the representations of braids, hairdresser, bells, cauldron, cudgel, pitchers, bowls and other container-like objects. Parts that have organic forms in common and, more than that, are allusive to the human body; parts that are “linked,” i.e., are connected by magnetism, interlacing, coupling, and then are dispersed, scattered through space,” explains José Augusto Ribeiro, the show’s curator.

The exhibition also represents an homage by the museum to the artist, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of his death, on June 6, 2016. Tríade Trindade remains on view through June 04, 2018, on the first floor of Pina Luz – Praça da Luz, 02. 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 Luz is located next to the Luz Station of the CPTM.
More about the Octógono Project
Created in 2003, the “Octagon Contemporary Art” project occupies an important space in the museum, which presents contemporary art production in line with the Pinacoteca’s collection. Over these 15 years, the project presented around 40 site-specific exhibits by Brazilian and foreign artists. Including Carlito Carvalhosa, Artur Lescher, João Loureiro, Rubens Mano, Joana Vasconcelos, Alexandre Estrela, Laerte Ramos, Antoni Abad, José Spaniol, among others.

More about the Pinacoteca’s Contemporary Art Patrons Program
An unprecedented program when it was created in 2012, today it gathers roughly 80 couples from civil society who support and encourage the activities of the São Paulo Pinacoteca, whose donations are earmarked for acquisitions of works of contemporary Brazilian art for the museum. Since its founding, 34 works have been purchased, including the first video of Pina’s collection, acquired in 2012 (“Duas Margens (2003–2012)” by Carla Zaccacgnini) as well as the first performance piece, acquired in 2014 (“O Nome (2010–2014)” by Maurício Ianês).

More about Tunga
Antonio José de Barros Carvalho e Mello Mourão, known on the contemporary art scene as “Tunga” (Palmares, Pernambuco, 1952 – Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2016), learned about Brazilian modernism at a very early age. He began his career in the early 1970s, at a time when he concentrated his efforts in the field of drawing and sculpture. In the late 1970s, the artist turned to making three-dimensional pieces and installations. He uses chains, lamps, electrical wires and insulating materials, such as felt and rubber, associated with investigations of several areas of knowledge, such as literature, philosophy, biology, and drama. The elements are well cared for formally, and have elegant design. Tunga seeks strong relationships among different materials.

In 1990, he received the Brasília Award for Fine Arts, and in 1991, the Mário Pedrosa Award from the Brazilian Association of Art Critics (ABCA) for his work “Preliminares do Palíndromo Incesto.” Between 1989 and 1990, he expanded his presence on the international circuit, with individual shows in London, Chicago, Glasgow, and Toronto. In 1994, he took part at the 22nd Biennial of São Paulo and the 10th Biennial of Havana, Cuba.