I want you
"I want you", 1966, Marcello Nitsche. PHOTO: Disclosure

The second half of the 1960s was certainly one of the most troubled and violent periods in Brazilian political history in the 20th century. After the 1964 military coup, the following years were marked by an intensification of repression, culminating in Institutional Act Number Five (AI- 5) in 1968. Movements of contestation in Brazil and in the world, with different focuses – critical of educational systems, customs, political repression or wars – gained strength and also had great resonance in the arts.

In order to revisit this context, drawing parallels with the current political moment in the country, the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo presents, from April 30th, the exhibition The Years We Lived in Danger, an excerpt from the museum's collection with works produced during five critical years of Brazilian history. “The purpose of this exhibition will be to reflect on these complex moments lived, having as milestones the years of 1965 and 1970 hitting and hitting in 2019, their atmospheres marked by life and the presence of danger and threat”, writes curator Marcos Moraes.

With around 50 works by names such as Antônio Henrique Amaral, Anna Maria Maiolino, Antônio Manuel, Cláudio Tozzi, Maureen Bisilliat and Wesley Duke Lee, among others, the show covers trends ranging from pop to surrealism, including paintings, woodcuts, photographs or sculptures. According to the curator, “for the selection of works, I considered the context, the effervescent environment and the events that involved these artists in the 60s with radical attitudes towards the current art system in the country, among them the exhibitions: New Brazilian Objectivity (MAM RJ), 1st JAC – Young Contemporary Art (MACUSP), exposure-non-exposure (Rex Gallery & Sons) and the 9th Bienal de São Paulo".

In the exhibition’s presentation text, the museum also highlights that this scenario, “which transformed the country’s anthropophagic cultural melting pot”, took place at the same time as the restructuring of MAM was taking place, which in 1969 had its new headquarters inaugurated in Ibirapuera Park. – “withstanding the times and reaching the current moment in which it celebrates its 70 years of history”. The exhibition will be on display until the end of July.


The Years We Lived in Danger

Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (Parque Ibirapuera, Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº)

From 30/04 to 28/07

Admission: R$7 or free on Saturdays

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