The museum's exhibition commemorating our 60th anniversary opens August 14th
In 2021, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation's Brazilian Art Museum is commemorating its 60-year history with a new exhibition that will be open to the public on August 14th. A creative powerhouse – MAB FAAP at 60 is curated by Denise Mattar and features some of Brazil's leading artists, including Maria Bonomi, Regina Silveira, Julio Plaza, Claudio Tozzi, Carmela Gross, Jac Leirner, Leda Catunda, Ivald Granato, and Jum Nakao .
We are showing 120 pieces from MAB FAAP's collection divided in two sections. One featuring works by professors and students who have written a chapter of our institutional history. The other honoring “15 Young Brazilian Artists” - an exhibition we held back in 1978. There is also a postal art segment and videos revisiting major exhibitions and images from our studios.
Curator Denise Mattar notes that visitors will get a chance to appreciate works across several generations, from representatives of 1940s 'social art' to the many currents of contemporary art.
“This is taken from Armando Alvares Penteado’s successful concept of housing a museum next to an art school in a single space that has room for both creative work and exhibitions. This process led to a creative powerhouse that discovers new talents every year,” adds Denise.
MAB FAAP's director Fernanda Celidonio highlights the key role of this commemorative exhibition: “MAB FAAP has been in existence for six decades , constantly holding free exhibitions of visual arts and others of general interest, national and international, showing legacies from different cultures and historical periods.”
Artistic treasure trove
Grassmann, Darel Valença Lins, José Moraes, Caciporé Torres, Nicolas Vlavianos, Donato Ferrari, João Rossi, Tomoshige Kusuno, Teresa Nazar and Ubirajara Ribeiro comprise this part of the show along with other great names such as Julio Plaza, Regina Silveira, Carmela Gross, Evandro Carlos Jardim, Maria Bonomi, Jac Leirner, Leda Catunda, Maria Tereza Louro, Mônica Barth, Alex Flemming, Jum Nakao, Laurita Salles and Sandra Cinto.
Visitors will also be able to appreciate a selection of works that revisit the “15 Young Brazilian Artists” exhibition curated by Carlos von Schmidt that was held at MAB FAAP in 1978. “It traveled to Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires and turned out to be a breakthrough, since those artists pursued careers and went on to produce steady work”, emphasizes Denise.
This section includes pieces by Takashi Fukushima, Claudio Tozzi, Aldir Mendes de Souza, Gregório Gruber, Newton Mesquita, Marcello Nitsche, Luiz Paulo Baravelli, Gilberto Salvador, Marcos Concílio, Juarez Magno, Inácio Rodrigues, Rubens Gerchman, Antônio Sérgio Benevento, and Ivald Granato.
Complementing the above, there will also be a Postal Art section recalling an intense period of exchanges between artists instigated by FAAP's professor Walter Zanini , who headed two key São Paulo Biennials (1981 and 1983) and was director of USP's Museu de Arte Contemporânea. This section includes Leonhard Frank Duch, Hudinilson Jr., Léon Ferrari, Vera Barcellos, Alex Flemming, Donato Ferrari and Tadeu Jungle.
Six decades of history
FAAP's Brazilian Art Museum first opened to the public on August 10, 1961. Its inaugural “Baroque no Brasil” show featured 184 pieces, including plaster replicas of Aleijadinho's sculptures, that are still here in the lobby today. Since then, the museum has held some of the most emblematic exhibitions of Brazilian art, revisiting the modernists through historical exhibitions, prospecting the future through pioneering themes, and echoing local and international trends.
In 2015, in addition to our own collection of around 3,500 artworks from the late-19th century, the museum created the Fashion-MAB Collection of clothes, dolls and accessories by contemporary Brazilian stylists. Two of its pieces have become FAAP's calling cards: Casa Conrado's stained glass panels , which are part of the history of the visual arts and stained glass.
One is on the wall opposite the entrance to the building where there are 59 designs by Brazilian artists such as Candido Portinari, Fulvio Pennacchi, Lasar Segall and Tarsila do Amaral. The stained glass on the ceiling was made by Claudia Andujar.
The exhibition will be open until November 28th. Visitors must book beforehand using this link: https://visitante.agendamento.faap.br .
Museums for Life
MAB FAAP has cut back opening hours and restricted visits in order to ensure compliance with safety protocols required to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. We have also joined the International Council of Museums (ICOM Brazil) with several other institutions for a campaign spreading information that encourages vaccine takeup and preventive measures - #MusemsForLife .