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"Panorama da Arte Brasileira 2005 (Panorama of Brazilian Art 2005)"
2005-10-30 until 2006-01-08
Modern Art Museum, Sao Paolo
Sao Paolo, , BR Brazil

At 11.00 a.m. on the 29th October, 2005, the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM) will open to the public the biennial exhibition Panorama da Arte Brasileira 2005 (Panorama of Brazilian Art 2005). The 29th exhibition in this series, one of the most traditional in the country’s visual arts calendar since 1969, is curated by Felipe Chaimovich and brings together paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, prints, drawings, performances, photographs, posters, films, graffiti, mural objects, posters and artist´s books by 50 individuals, groups and pairs of artists from different parts of the country. To make the selection, the curator visited 104 studios in 14 Brazilian towns and cities between January and July of this year.

Chaimovich has built the exhibition around eight artistic genres: landscapes, portraits, still-life, genre, allegory, history, religion and emblem. The exhibition’s point of reference is Pliny the Elder’s book Natural History, written in the first century, which describes the genres in art that were adopted and reinforced in the Western Hemisphere by the French Academy of Painting and Sculpture.

“The challenge for the curator of this Panorama was to achieve a method of representing the nation without reducing the works to a homogenous and totalitarian view of Brazil. While the works were chosen for their potential for questioning the genres themselves, they also contribute to a general discussion on the system of classification that defines all of western art. In this way we avoid regionalism,” says the curator.

The decision to place the artists in nuclei based on artistic genres was discussed at length by the curator of the exhibition and all the artists. After arriving at mutual agreement, Chaimovich gathered the artists in groups. “Contemporary art has not broken away from these genres, which have been part of history for two thousand years,” says the curator. In 2006 the show will go on tour around Brazil and abroad.

The Curator

Felipe Chaimovich, a Brazilian born in Santiago, Chile, is 37 years old, has a Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo, is art critic of the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, has been a member of the MAM Consultative Council for the Plastic Arts between 2002 and 2005) and is a teacher of art history and art critic. He was curator of the exhibitions 2080 in 2003 and Cinqüenta 50 (Fifty50) held from 2004-2005, both in MAM.

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