Flávio de Carvalho Experimental: SESC Pompéia

30 August 2022 - 29 January 2023
The exhibition revisits the production of Flávio de Carvalho and provides an overview of his important contributions during the transition period between the avant-gardes of the early 20th century and their relationship with the radical experimentalism of the 1960s, such as Tropicália, Cinema Novo and Concretism.

According to curators Kiki Mazzuchelli and Pollyana Quintella, the exhibition, by taking as its starting point Flávio de Carvalho's experimental character and its reverberations in the present, proposes an innovative approach to his work that is guided by the ideas (not the categories of action) that the artist developed throughout his trajectory and that played a fundamental role in expanding the boundaries of what is considered art.

"With his work, we are led to consider how modern manifestations in Brazil were fundamentally crossed by contradictions between sociocultural modernity and economic modernization, as well as by antagonistic elements such as the profane and the religious; the artisanal and the technological; the rural and the urban; the elite and the 'people'; liberal institutions and authoritarian habits; democracy and dictatorship," say the curators.

Divided into four nuclei - Architecture, Theater, Experiences (which explored aspects related to performance, fashion and religiosity) and Portraits - the exhibition features documentation and 52 historical works by Flávio de Carvalho, conceived from 1930 to 1973, as well as 18 works by ten artists and two collectives whose production emerged already in the 21st century.