Brasil, Beleza?! Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague

Tunga

Tunga

Héctor Zamora

Héctor Zamora

Marcos Chaves

Marcos Chaves

The public exhibition at Lange Voorhout of Brasil, Beleza?! has come to an end; alas, as it wasn’t bad at all. However, the main exhibition at Museum Beelden aan Zee (BaZ) with sculpture from Brazil is still on show.

Ernesto Neto

Ernesto Neto

Marcius Galan

Marcius Galan

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

This year BaZ has made a clear difference between more monumental and robust works at Lange Voorhout and the smaller works in its own venue. There is also a big difference with last year’s Flemish show: there are fewer works by fewer artists.

Marcela Gross

Marcela Gross

Sonia Gomes

Sonia Gomes

Tunga

Tunga

Marcius Galan

Marcius Galan

That gives the works the opportunity to breathe more and it doesn’t give the visitor the idea that he/she is walking in a crowded supermarket. The choice (some great and some lesser known names) is also very good.

Alexandre da Cunha

Alexandre da Cunha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Lais Myrrha

Renata Lucas

Renata Lucas

Brazil’s recent past in modernist architecture and its daily life in that would-be optimistic environment play an important role in the exhibition. As a material concrete returns a few times in the show but not really in its most sturdy modernist way.

Adriano Amaral

Adriano Amaral

Marcelo Cidade

Marcelo Cidade

Valeska Soares

Valeska Soares

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

The materials are generally very divers and are very much part of the content and expression of the works, whether they are self styled or made of  found objects.

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Personal favourite discoveries are Erika Verzutti, who presents small sculptures slightly familiar and slightly awkward, and

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, whose virtual reality work wasn’t available when i visited, due to circumstances, but whose table full of delicate things, both objects and ideas, will make you want more.

Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

I advise you to visit the show yourself, as it is, for its content and its presentation, one of the best in BaZ’s series of  summer exhibitions.

Marila Dardot

Marila Dardot

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Bertus Pieters

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Brasil, Beleza?!, Lange Voorhout, The Hague

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This year’s sculpture show on Lange Voorhout, organized by Museum Beelden aan Zee, exhibits works by Brazilian artists.

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There are only eleven works by ten artists, some of them quite big, which is a good choice as it reduces the influence of non-artistic objects in this chic avenue.

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Some of the sculptures have a non-too-deep-digging feel-good mentality, like OPAVIVARÁ by the Namoita collective, and

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Empate by Marcius Galan. In this last work fraternity in sports is symbolised, but one might doubt if any ball could pass through these rings.

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Other works try to show more of the daily realities in the life of common Brazilians, like Espaço Entre by Marcelo Cidade with graffiti turned outside-in,

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Flags by João Loureiro that show cheques of different Brazilian banks, that is if there is some wind to make the flags fly,

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Tower Tamariu by Héctor Zamora, an ode to the hard and heavy labour man has to perform individually in order to build a living, and

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Academia by Marcos Chaves, a kind of replica of the kind of sports schools that are built by Brazilians in public space with makeshift materials.

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Some works reflect on Brazilian cultural history and its ties with Western Europe like Adriana Varejão’s Panacea Phantastica which shows the idea of Portuguese azulejos decorated with Brazilian medicinal herbs and plants, or

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In the corner of life by Ernesto Neto which shows the Brazilian answer to European and North American modernism.

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There are only three works that have no clear connection at first sight to Brazil as a country or as a culture, they are Adrift by Valeska Soares,

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Muro by Eduardo Coimbra

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and Animal nature by Neto which is both robust and elegant.

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Curators Carolyn Drake and Alessandra Laitempergher have made a well balanced choice and an agreeable public show on Lange Voorhout. Three works are favourite, as far as i am concerned. There are Zamora’s cargo bikes which show both the lightness and heaviness of life itself.

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Coimbra’s wall-on-wheels gives an intriguing alternative for something that usually looks quite definitive.

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My top favourite however is Soares’ Adrift which expands into the air if you are standing on it. Click here to read the article i wrote about it for Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch).

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Contents of  all pictures courtesy the artists and Museum Beelden aan Zee

 

Bertus Pieters