Exhibition "Almost Circus – Carmela Gross"

Wed27Mar(Mar 27)10:00sun25August(Aug 25)21:00Exhibition "Almost Circus – Carmela Gross"Curated by Paulo Miyada, the exhibition at Sesc Pompeia proposes a panoramic reading of the works of the visual artist from São PauloSesc Pompeia, R. Clélia, 93 - Água Branca, São Paulo - SP


From March 27th, the Sesc Pompeia Living Area gets the exposure Almost Circus – Carmela Gross. Under the curatorship of Paulo Miyada, the exhibition by the visual artist from São Paulo provides a comprehensive reading of her works, highlighting the diversity of her production and her contribution to architecture, urban history and the contemporary artistic panorama.

The exhibition highlights the convergence between Gross's creations and Lina Bo Bardi's visionary architecture, offering visitors an immersion in the artist's works. Without adhering to labels or conventions, the visual narrative presented by Carmela Gross challenges expectations and invites viewers to explore new perspectives.

The exhibition brings together 13 works, displayed on a large scale, such as the installation “FERRIS WHEEL” (2019), “RED STAIRS” (2012/2024), “THE PHOTOGRAPHER” (2001), “UMA HOUSE” (2007),” LUZ DEL FUEGO” (2018/2024), “FIGURANTES” (2016), “BANDO” (2016/2024), “ROUGE” (2018), “A NEGRA RED” (1997/2024), “BANDEIRA PIVÔ” (2024) .

In addition, visitors will have access to light panels, videos and drawings in the Living Area, along with two works previously exhibited at Sesc Pompeia: “RIO MADEIRA” (1990) and “ESTANDARTE VERMELHO” (1999). Also noteworthy is the work “GATO”, created especially for the exhibition and installed on the catwalks of the sports complex, inspired by a drawing by Lina Bo Bardi.

“This exhibition is a convergence. On the one hand, the peculiar work of Carmela Gross, who, over almost six decades, has produced art as a unique way of observing, moving and recombining elements of the world, often using the remains of urban growth as raw material. On the other hand, the architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, who found lessons in Brazil about popular work, architecture and design, incorporating them into her own architecture based on modernist principles”, highlights the curator.

For the regional director of Sesc São Paulo, Luiz Deoclécio Massaro Galina, the initiative is part of a series of exhibition projects based at Sesc Pompeia in recent years, with the aim of revisiting historical productions by names that were decisive for the understanding of Brazilian art. “Carmela Gross's work connects with yet another dimension valued by the entity, namely, sensitivity to architectural spaces and their multiple uses, including in the sense of challenging them. A factory refounded as a center for leisure and artistic-cultural diffusion, in a historical period of loss of function of urban industrial complexes, is particularly suitable for this”, he highlights.

The exhibition will be open for public viewing until August 25, 2024 and will feature educational activities throughout this period. To follow the program, visit: sescsp.org.br/quasecirco.

Exhibition | Almost Circus – Carmela Gross
From March 27th to August 25th
Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 21pm. Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 18pm.


March 27, 2024 10:00 - August 25, 2024 21:00 pm(GMT-03:00)


Paulo Miyada

Paulo Miyada is a curator and researcher of contemporary art. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from FAU-USP, he has a master's degree in History of Architecture and Urbanism from the same institution. He was curatorial assistant for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, in 2010, and was part of the team of curators at Rumos Artes Visuais at Itaú Cultural, between 2011 and 2013. He is currently chief curator at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, and coordinator of the Center for Research and Curation of the same institute. In 2021, he began serving as assistant curator at the Center Pompidou, in Paris, one of the most renowned art institutions in Europe. Miyada is also assistant curator of the 34th São Paulo Biennial.

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