Pinacoteca de São Paulo opens panoramic exhibition by Lenora de Barros

The exhibition “Lenora de Barros: my language” features around 40 works ranging from works from the beginning of her career to a special commission for the occasion.

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Poem (1979)

One of the most emblematic names in Brazilian contemporary art, Lenora de Barros, has a panoramic exhibition covering her more than forty years of production based on the relationship between body and language. 

The exposure Lenora de Barros: my language occupies the three temporary galleries on the second floor of Pinacoteca Luz with around forty works by the artist from São Paulo, who use photography, video, installation and performance as a support. 

Pollyana Quintella's curatorial arc includes iconic pieces such as Poem (1979) – a photographic series in six acts that document an intimate and conflictual encounter between body and machine –, and Homage to George Segal (1975-2014) – work resulting from school work that criticized the consumer society, taking as inspiration the expressions of the works of the eponymous sculptor. 

Another highlight is a commission produced especially for the occasion: The face. The tongue. The belly. (2022). The video consists of three acts (in b&w and color) in which Lenora explores different situations with clay in dialogue with her own body, starting from signifiers that already make up the repertoire of her work, such as the expressive face, the ambiguous language (the organ and language at the same time) and the female womb. 

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Homage to George Segal (1990). Photo: Ruy Teixeira

My language will be inaugurated in close dialogue with the exhibition Pinacoteca: collection – new assembly of the museum’s collection, taking into account that in 2022, the country will celebrate the centenary of the Week of Modern Art and the bicentenary of its Independence. “It is a propitious occasion, as proposed by the institution, for us to look critically at the legacy of the modernists and ask ourselves what history of Brazilian art we want to tell”, quotes Jochen Volz, general director of the Pinacoteca. 


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Lenora de Barros: my language

Location: Pinacoteca Luz
Address: Praça da Luz, 2, São Paulo – SP
Date: From October 8th to April 9th, 2023
Opening hours: From Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Ticket: R$10 – R$20. Free on Saturdays.

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