Works by Maria Martins stand out among visitors to new FGV exhibition on Brasilia

What do Tiago Rodrigues, Cintia Marques and Paola Linshave in common? An appreciation for the works of artist Maria Martins, almost 20 of which are on display at the latest FGV Art exhibition.
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10 五月 2024
Works by Maria Martins stand out among visitors to new FGV exhibition on Brasilia

What do Tiago Rodrigues, Cintia Marques and Paola Linshave in common? An appreciation for the works of artist Maria Martins, almost 20 of which are on display at the latest FGV Art exhibition, in FGV’s main building in Rio de Janeiro.

Musician Tiago Rodrigues said that the works at the exhibition he was most interested in were those by Maria Martins, because of their importance in the history of Brazilian art. He also noted that the exhibition is very comprehensive and rich, containing many works in different media, formats and mediums, underscoring the richness of contemporary Brazilian art, especially the fine arts.

In turn, anthropologist Paola Lins stressed the importance of this exhibition about Brazil’s capital. According to her, Brasilia has a big impact on those who visit it for the first time, largely because it was built entirely by the “Candangos”– migrants who came mainly from northeastern Brazil. “An exhibition that records and contextualizes this is very interesting. I think it’s an opportunity to get to know the history of this city, which is a Brazilian invention,” she said.

Not surprisingly, art teacher Cintia Marques is also interested in this subject. After all, the creation of the Federal District was a milestone for Brazilian architecture, and Marques was particularly looking forward to seeing the work of artist Maria Martins. She said it is crucial to see, appreciate and divulge the work of one of Brazil’s most important sculptors.

Very pertinent to the current moment, the exhibition features works by artists who portray social and political contexts, which are indispensable to public debate in Brazil.

Maria Martins: A singular voice in modernism

Maria Martins (1894-1973) was a visionary Brazilian artist who left her mark on the surrealist movement and international modernism. She began her career in the 1940s and her presence in the art world shaped the history of Brazilian art.

The artist collaborated closely with prominent figures such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Piet Mondrian, contributing to her innovative and avant-garde approach. Her work transcended the boundaries of surrealism, breaking down established concepts by developing a bold and essentially poetic language.

The complexity of her incursions into fine art signals a depth rooted in a humanist culture, wrapped in timely philosophical reflections. Martins explored a variety of means of expression, including sculptures, ceramic objects, drawings and texts.

Her intense research resulted in the transformation of human figures, with expressions that exalt nature. Through her bold approach and unique vision, the artist left a lasting legacy on international modernist art, challenging preconceived notions and opening up new avenues for artistic expression.

Venue:
FGV Art
190 Praia de Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Opening hours (April 13 to July 14):
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find out more about FGV Art, visit its website.

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