In 2020, Pinacoteca de São Paulo will dedicate its programming to thinking about the relationship between art and urban space. From it, the museum intends to examine the artistic production in its connection with this space through eleven exhibitions and a rich parallel program.
If, in the modern era, the artistic phenomenon has the city as its place of existence, thinking about art is thinking about its inscription in urbanity. The urban, the city, the relationships that take place in this specific space, are as much art themes as the very mode of their appearance. Living in cities means sharing a unique sociability, marked by displacement, anonymity, collective production, generators of conflicts and inequalities, but also endowed with a potential for freedom and transformation, dear to the practices of modern and contemporary art.
In this sense, Pinacoteca presents, in the first semester at Pina Luz, OSGEMEOS: SECRETS, the first panoramic show in Brazil by the artist duo who had the city as their object of study since the beginning of their production, in the late 1980s. The way of life marked by the urban consumer society, as well as the artists' commitment to the cultural policies of race, gender and sexuality will be aspects contemplated in Refiguring American Art 1913-1993 (still untitled in Portuguese), a new partnership between the museum and the Terra Foundation, which will feature works by North American masters including Edward Hopper, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol, Philip Guston, among others. others.
Another highlight of the program will be the reformulation of the long-term exhibition with works from the Pinacoteca collection, on display since 2011 on the first and second floors of Pina Luz. “Some gaps in the dominant narratives, such as the under-representation of female, Afro-Brazilian and indigenous artists, will be thematized in the new exhibition”, comments Jochen Volz, general director of the Pinacoteca. “In addition, we will abandon the chronological and linear narrative of art history for a more dynamic journey, mixing times, media and languages”, he adds.
The production of contemporary indigenous art will also be the subject of a group exhibition, curated by indigenous researcher Naine Terena, an indigenous culture activist and one of the main people responsible for the visibility of indigenous artistic production in Brazil. Composed of paintings, videos, photographs and installations and performances, the exhibition engages in the reflection of this contemporary production, seeking to affirm the relevance and vitality of indigenous cultures and open space for their protagonism within the museum.
In addition to them, the museum continues the program of monographic exhibitions that aim to review the careers of Brazilian artists, such as that of the Brazilian Hudnilson Jr (1957-2013), whose work will be reviewed based on an important set of works recently donated by the artist's family to the Pinacoteca. Also by José Damasceno (1968), from Rio de Janeiro, who has been developing his work with sculpture and installation since the end of the 1980s, starting from displacement and estrangement to conceive mobile perspectives regarding what is represented; and the American pioneer of video art and performance Joan Jonas (1936). The Octagon, the museum's traditional space for commissioned site-specific projects, will receive proposals from André Komatsu (1978) and Lais Myrrha (1974).
Parallel to the exhibitions, in 2020 the museum will continue with already traditional projects such as the History of Art courses, Música na Pina and Dança na Pina and, on August 13, it will celebrate its 115th anniversary with a gala party pinaball, whose first edition took place in 2015, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the museum.
2020 exhibition schedule:
03/15 — 08/17 – Pina Estação Building
03/28 — 08/03 – Pina Luz Building
09/05 — 12/10 – Pina Estação Building
Reopening of the collection's long-term exhibition
July – Pina Luz Building
Indigenous Contemporary Art
07/04 — 09/28 – Pina Luz Building
Refiguring American Art 1913-1993
08/29/2020 - 02/01/21 - Pina Luz Building
08/29 – 11/09 – Pina Luz Building
09/12/2020 — 02/22/2021 – Pina Estação Building
Belmiro de Almeida & Rodolfo Amoedo
10/24/2020 — 02/28/2021 – Pina Luz Building
11/07/2020 — 04/19/2021 – Pina Estação Building
12/05/2020 — 05/02/2021 – Pina Luz Building