Surface opens exhibition of Leonilson curated by Lisette Lagnado

'Leonilson – May there be many summer mornings' highlights the artist's affinity with the work of the Greek poet Konstantinos Kavafís

O pescador de palavras, 1986, Leonilson; ©Edouard Fraipont / Projeto Leonilson
The word fisherman, 1986, Leonilson; ©Edouard Fraipont / Leonilson Project

The cutout of the show Leonilson – May there be many summer mornings which opens next Sunday, 3.4, at Superfície, intends to highlight the affinity of the artist from Ceará (1957-1993) with the work of Konstantinos Kavafís (1863-1933), one of the greatest poets in the Greek language of the 20th century.

[El Mirage], 1991, Leonilson; © Vitor Butkus / Projeto Leonilson
[El Mirage], 1991, Leonilson; © Vitor Butkus / Leonilson Project

The exhibition is curated by the critic, professor and curator Lisette Lagnado, author of the first monograph and retrospective of the artist, held in 1995.

Around 20 works will be presented, including drawing, painting, embroidery and sculpture. Visitors will be able to stroll through the works taking with them a selection of printed poems by Kavafís.

Subject of the morning, c. 1991, Leonilson; © Rubens Chiri / Projeto Leonilson
Subject of the morning, ç. 1991, Leonilson; © Rubens Chiri / Leonilson Project

Supported by autobiography, both highlighted the pleasure of an Eros always pulsating and the melancholy of bodies meeting. The parallel between the two, by the way, was discussed in the last interview given by Leonilson before he died, aged 36. 

Leonilson — May there be many summer mornings

Date: April 3 to June 4, 2022 

Place: Surface Gallery

Address: r. Oscar Freire, 240 – Jardim Paulista

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm

Admission: free 

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