EXHIBITION FOREVER MODERN
EXHIBITION GATHERS GREAT NAMES OF MODERN BRAZILIAN DESIGN

Original period pieces, by Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin and Jean Gillon, characterize the exhibition at the Passado Composto Século XX - 20th Century gallery.




The Passado Composto Século XX - 20th Century gallery commemorates its seventh anniversary with the exhibition "Sempre Modernos - Forever Modern", with around 40 original period pieces signed by great names of Brazilian design. From June 10th to July 25th, the gallery will be exhibiting furniture, tapestries, studies and objects by Joaquim Tenreiro, Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin and Jean Gillon. Curatorship is by Adélia Borges, journalist and professor of history of design.

"This is an opportunity to see fine work from an especially rich period in the history of Brazilian design", says the curator. All exhibited work is original, the majority produced in jacaranda-da-Bahia, a wood of high durability and quality, nowadays almost entirely extinct. The work belongs both to the gallery's own collection and to private collections. Many pieces can only be seen in this sort of exhibition, as they are part of a limited - and currently rare - production. "Due to their esthetic and technical quality, furniture from this period has earned the status of a timeless classic", explains Borges.

These pieces have only recently begun to attract attention. Antique dealers and auction houses in Europe and the United States, before almost exclusively dedicated to European work, have begun working with Brazilian pieces, which are achieving enormous prestige and recognition. One example is the Três Pés chair, by Joaquim Tenreiro, sold in New York in 2004 for US$ 54 thousand and which in 2006 was evaluated at US$ 250 thousand, according to an article in the specialized periodical Art+Auction.

The selection has furniture, objects and tapestries, which highlight the particular techniques, characteristics and creative process of each designer. The public can enjoy well-known pieces, such as Joaquim Tenreiro's Três Pés chair and the Mole armchair, by Sergio Rodrigues - also shown in the two-seat sofa version, of which only ten pieces were produced. There is also less-known work, but which is equally significant in the history of Brazilian design, such as the pieces developed by Jorge Zalszupin for L'Atelier and those Jean Gillon created for companies such as WoodArt, one of the pioneers in exporting furniture. "It is common in this period to see a search for honesty in creating furniture", explains Adélia Borges. In other words, all the pieces show the same care and technical expertise in what is not apparent, such as the back and underside. By Gillon, besides furniture such as the Jangada armchair, there are objects, tapestries and tapestry studies which form a high-quality display.

"The exhibition confirms our desire to support Brazilian design, the importance of recovering national work and contributing to its worth", affirms Graça Bueno, director of the Passado Composto Século XX - 20th Century gallery. Following this brief, all work in the gallery has been fully researched and documented, to international standards. "This is our role; to create a culture, both of knowledge and of value, of the best in national production", says Bueno.

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