Instituto Tomie Ohtake celebrates 20 years dialoguing with dance

Exhibition features 45 paintings by Tomie Ohtake and choreographies that reflect on gesture, movement and balance

Tomie Dançante
Emilie Sugai rehearsing at Tomie Ohtake's studio-house

Can a painting dance? Gesture, rhythm and choreography are words commonly used in the world of performances, but they can also be applied in analysis of paintings and sculptures – especially if they are signed by Tomie Ohtake. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the institute that bears the artist's name, curators Paulo Miyada and Priscyla Gomes suggest a new look at Tomie's work, reflecting on ideas of line, balance, movement and consciousness – body and space. For Tomie Ohtake Dancing, selected 45 paintings by the artist, divided into 3 acts, and invited 5 choreographers to create pieces in dialogue with Tomie's production: Emilie Sugai, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Allyson Amaral, Cassi Abranches, Davi Pontes and Eduardo Fukushima. 

Tomie Ohtake, Sem título, 1967
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1967
Tomie Ohtake, Sem título
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled

The guests carried out open rehearsals in the artist's home-studio, signed by Ruy Ohtake, which were recorded and are available at the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition, they will make presentations in different areas of the institute, inviting the public to also create these conversations. 

In the first act, called rips and combinations, there are paintings from the 1960s, when Tomie carried out studies with colored paper taken from magazines, invitations and other printed matter, torn by hand and grouped into small collages. With the aim of instigating the visitor to be aware of his body, the curators created an expographic trick: the floor of the exhibition was covered with a thin layer of foam. “It is a subtle break with museological convention, just enough to remind each person that they also have a body, and that each movement depends on the meeting of the usual gesture with the consistency of the space in which one steps”, they point out. 

Tomie Ohtake, Sem título, 1967
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1967
Tomie Ohtake, Sem título, 1967
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1967

Upon entering the second room, feel the matter, the audience will live the experience of penumbra. The idea is to make a reference to the “blind paintings” made by the artist with her eyes closed, still in the 1960s. The works presented here point to notions of density, transparency and texture. 

Tomie Ohtake, Sem título
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled
Tomie Ohtake, Sem título, 1992
Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1992

The fabric of the first room stretches from floor to ceiling presenting the third and final act, planes and depths composed of paintings produced from the 1970s to 2010. The pending planes receive works from both sides, placing the visitor in displacement, being himself, now, choreographer and dancer.

Tomie Ohtake Dancing

Location: Instituto Tomie Ohtake 

Address: Av. Faria Lima 201

Date: From November 16, 2022 to March 19, 2023

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 20:00

Admission: free

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