FAAP Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado

Italian avant-garde art of the 1940s - Marinella Pirelli exhibit at MAB-FAAP

From October 2, a sample of the production of Italian artist Marinella Pirelli may be appreciated at FAAP’s Brazilian Art Museum (MAB-FAAP), mezzanine floor.

Instigated by moving images and the poetics of light, Pirelli’s investigation involving light, expanded cinema and painting was developed from the 1940s to the 1970s. As a painter and filmmaker, she played a significant role in Italy’s avant-garde scene while making kinetic art and experimental cinema during this period. In addition to some of her works, the exhibit also features historical documentation such as sketches for installations and archival photos.

The exhibit looks at some major themes on Pirelli’s studies with a focus the poetic elaboration process and two crucial elements of her production: nature and luminous objects. Works come to life in a setting that plunges viewers into a multi-sensory experience combining sound, image, motion, light, color and shape.

Her first production Film Animazione (1962) was followed by experimental shorts. Having meticulously studied Norman McLaren’s films, Pirelli started investigating aspects related to the construction of motion and transformations of light in cinematic language. These elements featured in her early painting studies and were highlighted in designs for films shown at this exhibit, such as Luce e Movimento (1967) and Artificiale e Naturale (1968), which suggest intricate shape and color interplays. Pirelli’s films speak to light events and uncomplicated but moving gestures, thus bearing witness to the sensitivity of her development, as well as intuition and transience in reflecting on the human condition and life.

Curated by her grandson Giovanni Pirelli, produced by Mega Cultural, the exhibit ends November 13.

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