SP-Arte 2018
 The Gallery Passado Composto Século XX presented in April 2018, at the gallery and at the third edition of the Design Sector at SP-Arte, the exhibition "Murais Nômades" (Nomadic Murals) highlighting the national modern artistic tapestries in composition with the design furniture of the same period.
The title of the show is inspired by the expression "MuralNomad" of the French naturalized architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965), in reference to the artistic tapestry he termed "nomadic mural of modern times". He regarded the tapestry as woolen walls, to hang, loosen, curl and move, replacing where they wished, as they were originally in the past with their nomadic character, accompanying the lords in their different residences. In his opinion, tapestry made part of the architecture much more than mere decoration, and in 1959, in a letter to Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), he emphasized that the craftsman's texture, matter and sensibility in the performance of the work radiated colors in the space and fulfilled its acoustic function.

In this poetic atmosphere, the gallery takes to the SP-Arte 2018 modern murals, embroidered or made in the loom, as well as matrices of tapestries and historical documents related to the works. We highlight a monumental tapestry, measuring approximately 5.00 x 2.00 meters, titled "Nordeste Seco" (Dry Northeast), reflecting the exuberant tropicalism of the Bahian artist Genaro de Carvalho (1926-1971), pioneer of genuinely Brazilian artistic tapestry. This tapestry was commissioned around 1965 by Adolpho Bloch (1908-1995) to compose his art collection in the Manchete building designed in 1966 by Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) and to be displayed sumptuously in the entrance hall of this building, in the early 1970s Adolpho Bloch changed this tapestry to the 11th floor of this same Manchete building, creating in this environment the office for his great friend, Juscelino Kubitschek (1902-1976), in order to be able to work and receive friends in Rio de Janeiro. After the death of JK in 1976, this office became the first Juscelino Kubitschek Museum in Brazil.

In addition to Genaro de Carvalho, other awarded winning tapestry artists are part of this show, such as Norberto Nicola (1930-2007) with the tropical tapestry entitled "Floral", Jacques Douchez (1921-2012), Jean Gillon (1919-2007) and Rubem Dario (1941-1978) with extraordinary studies of tapestries.
At the height of modern Brazilian tapestry, beginning in the 1960s, some renowned painters attended the call of important ateliers, following the French tendency to authorize the transposition of their works to perform unique tapestries. In this context, the gallery presents an exceptional tapestry entitled "Mastro" (Mast), executed around 1970 by AG – Artesanato Guanabara, with permission and express request of its creator artist Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988), several times elected the best national painter, besides being considered one of the greatest colorists of our time.

The ambience of the show has rarities of modern Brazilian furniture, created by the best designers and architects, such as the master and artist Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-1992), who also presented two paintings of his own, as well as icons of other stars such as Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014), Jorge Zalszupin (1922-), Jean Gillon (1919-2007) and Anna and Oscar Niemeyer, as well as important furniture manufactures such as CIMO, Branco & Preto and Unilabor.
Artistic photographs by Pierre Verger (1902-1996) and by contemporaries Flavio Damm and Ruy Teixeira are part of the exhibition with mastery. The cozy atmosphere is completed with the precious lighting, created by Cida Santana, in rock crystals from Minas Gerais, JK's homeland that he loved so much.
In the space of the gallery, the show honors in its window, the awarded artist Jacques Douchez, with paintings and flat and sculptural tapestries. Currently, the artist is also greeted at an important exhibition at the MAB - FAAP Brazilian Museum of Art, entitled "Color has no end - paintings and tapestries by Jacques Douchez", with an abundant diversity of colorful works floating in space.
 The realization of this exhibition “Nomadic Murals” is part of the mission of the gallery to value the Brazilian and to rescue the national memory of the masters of design and art in tapestry.


Event: Design Sector - 3rd floor of SP-Arte 2018
Location: Pavilhão da Bienal de SP - Parque Ibirapuera
Stand no. DS1: Gallery Passado Composto Século XX
Curatorship and achievement: Graça Bueno and Gallery Passado Composto Século XX
Expography: Giovanna Verdini
Research assistant: Karen Matsuda
Opening for Guests: April 11th
Period open to the public: from April 12th to April 15th
Hours: Thursday to Saturday - from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday - from 11am to 7pm

Location: Gallery Passado Composto Século XX
Address: Alameda Lorena, 1996 - Jardins - São Paulo
Curatorship and achievement: Graça Bueno and Gallery Passado Composto Século XX
Period open to the public from: April 7th – Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Hours: Monday to Friday - from 10a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday - from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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