Performance with the Xifopagas Capillares, reproduced for Nervo de Prata, 1987. 1 VCR (20 min.) VHS

LRemembering the influence of France on Brazilian culture is something that makes us follow a philosophical-artistic and poetic path that names the anonymous, recalls the forgotten and gives voice to silence.

Until the 1960s, French culture took over the western world, it is no coincidence that the French language is the only one officially spoken on the five continents. In Brazil, there was daily communication between the two countries, through cultural means. The nuns' colleges were concerned with the education of a young female elite. The University of São Paulo, in 1934, sought intellectuals and scientists from France to sophisticate its academic staff, and so came Roger Bastide, Lévi-Strauss, among others.

The exchange between France and Brazil has been going on for a long time and this year it takes on several cultural spaces. At the Bienal de São Paulo, from 1951 to 1961, French critics participated in the award jury in seven editions, and artists from that country won awards in eight.

In contemporary times, Tunga was the most outstanding Brazilian artist in France, where he took up residence in the XNUMXs.  1980, and where he held several exhibitions at the Daniel Templon gallery, exhibited at the Grand Palais, Louvre and arrived at the X Documenta in Kassel, invited by the curator of the show, French critic Catherine David. Our special recalls those Tunga times in the bright and effervescent Paris of the time. At Capillary Xiphopagus of the photo above, are an expression of the period.

ARTE!Brasileiros also highlights some important exhibitions that will move the Year of France in Brazil in this second semester, such as the unforgettable Matisse, revered by all, who brings his joy to the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; by Chagall, at Casa Fiat de Cultura, in Belo Horizonte and then in Rio de Janeiro, with unique moments of a vast work; Cartier-Bresson, which the public will be able to appreciate in a significant set of photographs. The design gains a showcase at the exhibition at the Museu da Casa Brasileira.

Also in this issue, an article specially designed to show the magnitude of the French heritage that integrates the collections of the most important Brazilian institutions. And there's so much more!

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