Hélio Oiticica parading with the Estação Primeira de Mangueira Samba School. Photo: Disclosure.

Non the 23rd of July, MASP opens virtual exhibition Hélio Oiticica: dance in my experience, the artist's first solo show – one of the most important names in Brazilian art – at the museum. With attention to Oiticica's experimental and innovative production, the show features 126 works related to rhythm, music and popular culture. Your face-to-face opening would be held in the second half of March this year, as soon as the social isolation recommendations were issued. Its physical occurrence has not been cancelled, but postponed until it is safe to visit museums again. 

Hélio Oiticica MASP Exhibition
P15 Parangolé Cover 11 “I incorporate the revolt” (1967). Photo by Claudio Oiticica. Hélio Oiticica Project Collection.

Meanwhile, the MASP transferred part of this retrospective to the virtual environment and carries out its digital opening on July 23, marked by a live, at 18 pm, with Vivian Crockett and Tomás Toledo. Along with the artistic director of MASP, Adriano Pedrosa, Toledo was responsible for the curatorship of Oiticica's solo show, while Crockett is a curator and researcher specializing in modern and contemporary art, and wrote an unprecedented text for the exhibition's catalogue. At the meeting, they talk about the exhibition and the artist's trajectory. In addition to the live, a virtual tour with Toledo and some views of the show will be made available on the museum's website on the same day. 

“My interest in dance, in rhythm, in my particular case in samba, came from a vital need for disintellectualization, for intellectual disinhibition, for the need for a free expression”, writes Oiticica in a text from 1965 that inspired the name of the exhibition.

The dance in my experience is a partnership with the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro – MAM Rio. At MASP, she inaugurates the cycle dance stories, which guides the institution's program in 2020.

Hélio Oiticica MASP Exhibition
“Be marginal, be hero” (1968). Photo: Disclosure.

Its catalog is now available at the MASP store, the illustrated publication was edited by the curators and has essays by Adrian Anagnost, André Lepecki, Cristina Ricupero, Evan Moffitt, Fernanda Lopes, Fernando Cocchiarale, Sergio Delgado Moya, Tania Rivera and Vivian Crockett. The catalog also includes a biographical note by Fernanda Lopes and extensive documentary material, including photographs and writings by the artist.

Also check out: MASP's virtual courses in this link.

 

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