Exhibition “Rio: the measure of the earth”

Sat11May10:00, here11Jul19:00Exhibition “Rio: the measure of the earth”The title of the exhibition evokes the little-remembered origin of the word geometry: the term comes from Greek and means, roughly speaking, “measurement of the earth”.Flexa Gallery, Rua Dias Ferreira, 214, Leblon - RJ


On May 11th, Rio de Janeiro gains a new art gallery: the Flexa. The name, derived from the adjective flexo, denotes the flexible, adaptable nature of the space, which will operate in the secondary art market, but with a contemporary look, carrying out dialogues between different generations, promoting historical rescues, supporting institutions and encouraging the formation of collections . To do this, it relies on the expertise and access to the collection of a consolidated gallery in the sector: the São Paulo-based Almeida & Dale, where two of its five partners come from: Antônio Almeida and Carlos Dale. Completing the team are Pedro Buarque, executive director, Luisa Duarte, artistic director, and Maria Ferro, the house's commercial director. The renovation of the architectural design of the building on Rua Dias Ferreira, in Leblon, is carried out by the São Paulo office Vão, responsible for the exhibition of the last São Paulo Biennial. The gallery's visual identity is designed by renowned art director Giovanni Bianco.

Flexa will also act by representing estates and establishing partnerships with other galleries associated with the Almeida & Dale group: Cerrado, in Goiânia and Brasília, and Marco Zero, in Recife.

About the collective exhibition that opens the gallery, curated by Luisa Duarte:

“River: the measure of the earth”

Rio de Janeiro was constituted as a city based on the singular encounter between its exuberant natural geography and its tortuous urban development. Known as the “Metrópolis by the Sea”, the former Brazilian capital can be seen as a living stage of the dispute between the orthogonality of the urban layout that characterizes modern cities and a landscape capable of defying such rational intent that aims to domesticate nature. This dispute, in turn, finds resonance in an important chapter in the history of Rio art – neoconcretism. Started in 1959 by today renowned names such as Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Lygia Clark, the movement was responsible for deconstructing the foundations of the European constructive project – according to which art should emulate an ideal, pure and organized geometric abstraction. Neoconcrete artists, in turn, established a subversion of this constructive project, removing it from the idealized plane by establishing friction between the asepsis characteristic of geometry and the record of what is alive, pulsating, as it is part of the body, of nature, of street, everyday life.

The collective exhibition “Rio: the measure of the earth” addresses such tensions, presenting historical and current landscapes of the city, neoconcrete and contemporary works, in addition to addressing political and social issues, such as urban violence and cultural resistance, explaining an overview of the plural forms of life and creation in the city. The exhibition also highlights the survival of Rio's cultural traditions, such as Carnival, amid urban and temporal changes.

The title of the exhibition evokes the little-remembered origin of the word geometry: the term comes from Greek and means, roughly speaking, “measurement of the earth”. In this sense, “Rio: the measure of the earth” tries to remember both the tension between natural landscape and an urbanization process whose model was imported from European cities, as well as the resonances of neoconcretism, a movement that approached geometry not as an ideal measure, such as which the hegemonic artistic currents of the northern hemisphere did, but rather associated with the world, as a reconnection with what is vital. In other words, as a measure of the earth, as a measure of life.

Among the artists present in the exhibition are: Agrippina Roma Manhattan, Alair Gomes, Allan Weber, Carlos Vergara, Giovanni Castagneto, Henry Chamberlain, Glauco Rodrigues, Georg Grimm, Gustavo Dall'Lara, Heitor dos Prazeres, Hélio Oiticica, Ione Saldanha, Ivens Machado , Jonas Arrabal, Laercio Redondo, Laura Lima, Lívio Abramo, Luiz Zerbini, Lygia Pape, Marcia Falcão, Marcos Chaves, Nicolas Antoine Taunay, Nicolau Facchinetti, Oswaldo Goeldi, Panmela Castro, Raymundo Colares, Timóteo da Costa, Victor Arruda, Wanda Pimentel , Wilma Martins, Zé Tepedino.

Exhibition | River: the measure of the earth
From May 11th to July 11th
Monday to Friday, 10am to 19pm. Saturday, 11am to 17pm


May 11, 2024 10:00 - July 11, 2024 19:00 pm(GMT-03:00)


Flexa Gallery

Rua Dias Ferreira, 214, Leblon - RJ

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