In planning this exhibition, the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo and this curator thought above all of the youngsters who are interested in art, in the professors and in the general public that still had no contact with the work of Ismael Nery (1900-1934). It is not an exhibition for specialists, although they may be pleased to revisit works already known. It is an exhibition that reveals an artist who, in his time, had the courage to walk alone, to discover and look for a look that was absolutely synchronized with his time, but - incredible - not with the intellectuals of his country.
At a time when it was an intellectual fashion to be materialistic and even anticlerical, the man who called himself a Catholic and professed his faith in philosophical discussions at his home and at his friends' house in Rio de Janeiro was a narcissistic dandy. Like his wife's, his physical beauty evident and very imposing, coupled with his intellectual ability as a polemicist on the wheels of argument, contributed to elevate his vanity. Just remember the amount of self-portraits - and self-portraits with Adalgisa. He was a fine dancer and, at the time, was what we call today a "performance artist." The question of gender was not absent in her courageous production: androgynous figures go through all her work, as well as the relationship between the feminine and the masculine.
Now let's go to the works. The groups are divided by genres: nudes, figures, portraits and self-portraits, dances, scenarios, surrealist works - these pioneers of the genre in Brazil, along with those of Cícero Dias (1907-2003). It is only one way of showing and examining the paintings and drawings. Before, what stands out in the eyes? Of course, the small dimensions of most of these jobs. This very intimate scale shows a certain contempt for the world in which art will circulate as a commodity. Most of them admit no distance, you have to be seen very closely - for each job, a look.
Until August 19
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10h to 17h30 (staying up to 18h)
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