Collections, 1968/1973

In the beautiful oval room of the Library, originally founded in 1925 as the Municipal Library of São Paulo, which changed its address in 1942, under the management of dPrestes Maia, to the new building, designed by the architect Jacques Pilon, considered a landmark of Modern architecture in São Paulo, juxtapose several memories.

Library Room


“Vilela's imagination, forged in the bellicosity of the dictatorship, finds echoes in the pre-war world, with Lorca's bullfights or the urgent issues of the contemporary world. Conflicts going through Iraq, Syria, or Turkey… his works represent a call of fury and desire, of attention and movement towards the unknown”, says Rodrigo.


Vilela works charcoal, ink and oil on paper and fabric with particular strength, as if these materials allow him to say what he wants. Suddenly a memory, suddenly a scream.

at installation Collection 1968/73, from 2014, are presented one hundred and ten steel books. They have, inside, publications censored by the dictatorship and the Kubark torture manual, from the US Army, used in the training of Brazilian officers, present hammers and cuts, as a re-updating the inner trauma.

Not everything is our fault

Charles Cosac, founder of one of the most important publishers of culture and contemporary art in Brazil, Cosac Naify, current director of the Mário de Andrade Library, writes at the opening of the exhibition catalog about the title of Not everything is our fault.

 “The strength of Vilela's work makes me sadly certain that we did practically everything wrong. But the torpor of that feeling no longer hurts or sulks. So crude, incisive and exclusive, it ends up redeeming us, making us believe that not everything is our fault. A black and white narrative of a dark society full of contradictions, inequalities and violence, his work seems to reflect the feeling of a vulnerable but true community. Not by chance, it dialogues concretely with the surroundings of the Library, our Praça Dom José Gaspar. This is a faithful record, today, of the São Paulo urban scene”.


27/11/2018 a 24/02/2019
Mario de Andrade Library
Rua da Consolação, 94 Centro  


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