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The exhibition on Rio de Janeiro presents art that thrived in the creative cultural atmosphere permeating the city in the 1950s and early 60s. In this new, innovative society, artists, architects, musicians, film-makers and writers worked together. Rio de Janeiro expanded into a metropolis with some 2.5 million inhabitants. Life was adapted to more economically, culturally and socially modern conditions. Copacabana became the symbol of a new lifestyle, which was open, spontaneous and dominated by the young generation.

Brazil wanted to build a new society for a new kind of people; open and imaginative, friendly without being sentimental, rational without being mechanical ñ a citizen liberated from the partriarchal past. The keyword was New, as in Neo-concretism, Bossa Nova (new wave) in music, and Cinema Novo in film. A unique Brazilian design idiom developed, with terse shapes and an emphasis on construction.

Neo-concretism was Brazilís reinterpretation of constructivism and became the nationís first modern contribution to a universal visual idiom. The pioneers of the style focused on issues of space and spatiality and on the process of creating the work, which they saw as integrated with the space itself.

The exhibition will include works by Sérgio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Milton Dacosta, Amilcar de Castro, Hélio Oiticica, Franz Weissmann and others.

Curator: Paolo Venancio Filho, critic and associate professor at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Project manager: Annika Gunnarsson, curator Moderna Museet

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Time & Place: Rio de Janeiro, 1956-1964
Kurator: Paolo Venancio Filho

mit Roberto Burle Marx, Sergio Camargo, Aluisio Carvao, Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark, Milton Dacosta, Marcel Gautherot, Rubem Ludolf, Oscar Niemeyer, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Sergio Rodrigues, Ivan Serpa, Franz Weissmann