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Lygia Pape Magnetised Space at Serpentine Gallery


Lygia Pape tteia 2011 Installation viewMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011
© Projeto Lygia Pape and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

7th December 2011 – 19th February 2012
Lygia Pape (1927–2004) was a leading Brazilian artist whose work brought together daring experimentation and formal rigour.
Magnetized Space is the first major exhibition of Pape’s work to be presented in the UK. The exhibition brings together well-known and previously unseen works, spanning sculpture, performance, paintings, films, poems, engravings and collages.

Pape was a founding member of the Neo Concrete movement, which was dedicated to the inclusion of art into everyday life. Pape’s early work developed out of an interest in European abstraction. However, she and her contemporaries went beyond simply adopting an international style, and started to draw on their own local situation.

Neo Concretism is often seen as the beginning of contemporary art in Brazil and Pape’s work – which focused on the coming together of aesthetic, ethical and political ideas – has formed an important part of Brazil’s artistic identity.

The exhibition presents work from throughout Pape’s career, including early drawings and poems from her Concrete period to her Neo Concretist Livros (Books) series as well as ballets and performances such as Divisor (Divider) and O ovo (The Egg). Many of these works were created in response to the political repression growing in the late 1960s and reflected the artist’s strongly critical views on Brazil’s elite. Pape’s late works focused on the depiction of emotion and sensation, and have been described by Hélio Oiticica – a contemporary of Pape’s – as ‘permanently open seeds’.

The exhibition is organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in collaboration with Projeto Lygia Pape and the Serpentine Gallery. The exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía was curated by Manuel Borja- Villel, Director, and Teresa Velázquez, Head of Exhibitions. The exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery is curated by Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, and Sophie O’Brien, Exhibition Curator.

Lygia PapeLivro do Tempo (Book of Time) 1961-63Installation view
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2011© Projeto Lygia Pape and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


Lygia Pape Roda dos Prazeres (Wheels of Pleasure) 2011
© Projeto Lygia Pape and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía



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