by N. Elmôr
On the last day of Arts Week, the IGCSE art pupils had their annual art trip. The first museum visited was MASP, which every year, has its ‘Acervo em transformação’ exhibition. This is an exhibition that combines MASP’s personal collection and artworks from other museums. Currently, the works exhibited are from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Here, pupils had the opportunity to observe and appreciate works from world-renowned artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Cindy Sherman, Edouard Manet, René Magritte, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol as well as Brazilian artists and many more.
The exhibition truly has something for everyone with an array of different art movements and art periods. The works are arranged in chronological order, with most recent pieces at the front of the gallery. The artworks themselves are displayed on glass easels arranged in rows. Pupils had the liberty to roam around the gallery and explore the works to find ones that they most identified with. It was incredibly interesting to see how everybody had different works which most caught their attention.
The exhibition will be up until the 30th of December so those who have sparked some interest in taking a look I certainly encourage you to do so.
In the afternoon, pupils visited the ‘Entrevendo’ exhibition with works from Cildo Meireles. Cildo is a Brazilian conceptual artist that works with installations and sculptures. ‘Entrevendo’ is the largest exhibition of his works so far, with more than 150 of his creations.
His works are intended for the public to engage and interact with, presenting a very different dynamic from the exhibition at MASP. The many installations require the audience to experience them using different senses rather than just vision.
The works go from the 1960s to today and many of them express the political oppression in Brazil that took place during the military dictatorship. The name of the exhibition is actually the name of one of his major artworks which was completed in 1994. ‘Entrevendo’ is a wooden cylindrical installation in which the viewer walks through with two cubes of ice in their mouth: one cube is a mixture of water and salt, and the other water and sugar. Meanwhile, the person walks towards a heater. These diverging sensations felt all at once allow the viewer to have a unique opportunity to experience something new and unusual.
This exhibition will be available until February 2020, so there is still plenty of time for you to go and experience these installations for yourself!