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A visita de Max Bill

Zurique
30 Aug – 26 Oct 2019

A visita de Max Bill
Fernanda Figueiredo

A visita de Max Bill
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Fernanda Figueiredo

Galeria Kogan Amaro Zurique
Löwenbräukunst, Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

In her latest series of paintings Brazilian artist Fernanda Figueiredo explores Max Bill’s visit to Brazil in 1953 and the decisive influence he exercised on the art scene of the period. They are a witty homage to the Swiss polymath and to the Brazilian practitioners of Concrete Art. In humorous fashion, she challenges the elitism and mystifications of the European avant-garde and contributes to the discourse on postcolonialism and other contemporary debates.

Figueiredo creates large collage-like paintings in acrylic, in which she combines iconic motifs from Max Bill with works of Concretismo – typically by several artists in a single picture. These works explore how artists in Brazil in the 1950s appropriated Max Bill’s ideas and visual vocabulary and made them their own.

Figueiredo’s titles usually name the artists she is quoting. However, their works are hardly recognisable unless the viewer is already familiar with them. She often multiplies the visual quotes, superimposing them on each other or placing them side by side to create patterns. These compositions, though abstract, sometimes evoke landscapes or interiors. Some of Figuereido’s latest works include an extraneous element, which enhances their playful quality. With the inclusion of tropical house plants, popular in homes across Europe as well as Latin America, these paintings suggest imaginary interiors that appear to follow their own logic.

The main work in the exhibition, four-metres wide, is Taioba, which dates from 2018. It evokes an imaginary museum composed of works by Max Bill and by the Ruptura group. Their show at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo in 1952 marked the breakthrough of this radically different kind of art in Brazil. Taioba alludes to works by Geraldo de Barros, Lothar Charoux, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hermelindo Fiaminghi, Judith Lauand, Maurício Nogueira Lima, Luiz Sacilotto and Anatol Władysław. Taioba is the name of a tropical plant – in English, arrowleaf elephant’s ear – that features in traditional south and central American cuisine. It is depicted life-size in the painting.

Fernanda Figueiredo was born in São Paulo in 1978 and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2015. She has had a number of solo exhibitions in Europe and Brazil. Works of hers feature in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

Exhibitions views

Fernanda Figueiredo

Limeira, Sao Paulo – Brazil, 1978.
Lives and works in Berlin – Germany

Fernanda Figueiredo studied Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Visual Arts at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo. From 2005 on she worked actively in a collaborative duo in São Paulo, drawing and painting being the media that best reflect her artistic production. In 2015, when she moved to Berlin, she started to pursue her solo career. She began then to investigate the process of building Brazilian nationality in the 20th century and the role of visual arts, architecture, landscaping and design in these events. She has exhibited at institutions such as MAM – Rio de Janeiro, MAM – Bahia, Galerie im Körnerpark and Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin; she has also received several awards, including Programa Rede Nacional Funarte de Artes Visuais, Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt Stipendium from the Berliner Senat and Europäischen Sozialfonds, and from Jakob und Emma Windler-Stiftung for an artist residency in Switzerland in 2021. Her work is represented in private collections and in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

A visita de Max Bill
Exhibitions views
Fernanda Figueiredo

Galeria Kogan Amaro Zurique
Löwenbräukunst, Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
info@galeriakoganamaro.com

In her latest series of paintings Brazilian artist Fernanda Figueiredo explores Max Bill’s visit to Brazil in 1953 and the decisive influence he exercised on the art scene of the period. They are a witty homage to the Swiss polymath and to the Brazilian practitioners of Concrete Art. In humorous fashion, she challenges the elitism and mystifications of the European avant-garde and contributes to the discourse on postcolonialism and other contemporary debates.

Figueiredo creates large collage-like paintings in acrylic, in which she combines iconic motifs from Max Bill with works of Concretismo – typically by several artists in a single picture. These works explore how artists in Brazil in the 1950s appropriated Max Bill’s ideas and visual vocabulary and made them their own.

Figueiredo’s titles usually name the artists she is quoting. However, their works are hardly recognisable unless the viewer is already familiar with them. She often multiplies the visual quotes, superimposing them on each other or placing them side by side to create patterns. These compositions, though abstract, sometimes evoke landscapes or interiors. Some of Figuereido’s latest works include an extraneous element, which enhances their playful quality. With the inclusion of tropical house plants, popular in homes across Europe as well as Latin America, these paintings suggest imaginary interiors that appear to follow their own logic.

The main work in the exhibition, four-metres wide, is Taioba, which dates from 2018. It evokes an imaginary museum composed of works by Max Bill and by the Ruptura group. Their show at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo in 1952 marked the breakthrough of this radically different kind of art in Brazil. Taioba alludes to works by Geraldo de Barros, Lothar Charoux, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hermelindo Fiaminghi, Judith Lauand, Maurício Nogueira Lima, Luiz Sacilotto and Anatol Władysław. Taioba is the name of a tropical plant – in English, arrowleaf elephant’s ear – that features in traditional south and central American cuisine. It is depicted life-size in the painting.

Fernanda Figueiredo was born in São Paulo in 1978 and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2015. She has had a number of solo exhibitions in Europe and Brazil. Works of hers feature in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

Exhibitions views

Fernanda Figueiredo

Limeira, Sao Paulo – Brazil, 1978.
Lives and works in Berlin – Germany

Fernanda Figueiredo studied Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie and Visual Arts at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo. From 2005 on she worked actively in a collaborative duo in São Paulo, drawing and painting being the media that best reflect her artistic production. In 2015, when she moved to Berlin, she started to pursue her solo career. She began then to investigate the process of building Brazilian nationality in the 20th century and the role of visual arts, architecture, landscaping and design in these events. She has exhibited at institutions such as MAM – Rio de Janeiro, MAM – Bahia, Galerie im Körnerpark and Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin; she has also received several awards, including Programa Rede Nacional Funarte de Artes Visuais, Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt Stipendium from the Berliner Senat and Europäischen Sozialfonds, and from Jakob und Emma Windler-Stiftung for an artist residency in Switzerland in 2021. Her work is represented in private collections and in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro.

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