Histórias Brasileiras, MASP

Retrato Maria Auxiliadora MASP Panmela Castro Pintura Histórias Brasileiras Adriano Pedrosa 1 - Foto eduardo ortega
“Maria Auxiliadora”, oil on canvas, 2022.

Brazilian Stories took place between August and October 2022 at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Chateaubriand (MASP) in a recording of the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Brazil and the 100th anniversary of the Week of Modern Art, taking the visitor behind the scenes of art and the decolonization movement and generating connections between contemporary man and his ancestry, mixing science, popular knowledge, reflection on native and Afro peoples, recalling social and political struggles faced by Brazilians over time.

It is curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director, MASP, and Lilia M. Schwarcz, guest curator, followers of Amanda Carneiro, assistant curator, MASP; André Mesquita, curator, MASP; Clarissa Diniz, guest curator; Fernando Oliva, curator, MASP; Glaucea Brito, assistant curator, MASP; Guilherme Giufrida, assistant curator, MASP; Isabella Rjeille, curator, MASP; Sandra Benites, guest curator; Tomás Toledo, guest curator.

Retrato Maria Auxiliadora MASP Panmela Castro Pintura Histórias Brasileiras Adriano Pedrosa
Histórias Brasileiras, MASP, 2022.

The work “Portrait of Maria Auxiliadora” was commissioned by MASP and was present in the “Portraits” section. Here is an entry by Leandro Muniz, assistant curator, about the painting:

[…] Auxiliadora (1935-1974) was a self-taught artist who recorded her socio-cultural context in paintings full of patterns and three-dimensional elements that represent scenes such as samba circles, candomblé cults, affective relationships, or the artist herself in his studio, forming a work with a strong autobiographical nature. Castro starts from a photograph in which the artist is next to her easel, with two paintings, barefoot, in a straight dress above the knee and a scarf in her hair, wearing what appears to be a wig, very much in the style of the 1960s fashion and 70 [3]. Castro reproduces the composition of the photograph, but alters the scale and emphasizes the gestural elements of his own work. “Portrait of Maria Auxiliadora” has a 1:1 scale with the human body praising the artist represented and creating a dialogue between two generations of artists whose productions converse. By choosing an image in which Auxiliadora appears next to her works, Castro also establishes a reflection on the craft of painting itself, questioning the subjects who historically dominated this field and affirming the presence of racialized women as emancipated artists.

Retrato Maria Auxiliadora MASP Panmela Castro Pintura Histórias Brasileiras Adriano Pedrosa 2
Panmela Castro and Adriano Pedrosa, the curator of “Histórias Brasileiras”.

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