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Lais Myrrha featured in “Avenida Paulista” at the São Paulo Museum of Art

“Avenida Paulista”

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Sao Paulo

17 February – 28 May, 2017

Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director, and Tomás Toledo, curator; with Camila Bechelany, Luiza Proença, Fernando Oliva (MASP curators), and Amilton Mattos (Acre Federal University)

With this exhibition, MASP turns its attention to the museum’s surroundings, more specifically to Avenida Paulista, seen as an object of consideration and reflection. The show celebrates the MASP’s 70th anniversary and brings a fresh point of view of this iconic building in São Paulo, being at once one of the city’s postcards, as well as stage to clashes and disputes of diverse nature.

The show is split in two major segments. The first one comprises representations of the avenue by 38 authors, ranging from 1891 to 2016. The second segment is composed by 14 new projects commissioned for the exhibition, including BROADWAY 1602 HARLEM artist Lais Myrrha’s new video, Delirium.

With this work, Myrrha, weaves together the past, present and future aesthetic, social and political implications of the Museum after its reconstruction at Avenida Paulista. Filmed within the rubble of the old Dumont Adams building, the film makes the space a reflection on Brazil’s economic and political development. Myrrha stated that for the exhibition, she wanted to think of the museum as a “microcosm”, conceiving of the Paulista as a “financial center, of power, of business, of important things”, that extends to the inner workings of São Paulo as a whole, and that her film “extends [those] tentacles.” A kaleidoscopic, moving collage of the architectural, textural, and aesthetic elements of the space, the film presents a challenging, complex look of the Paulista, a “synthesis of the disorienting architectures of a country susceptible to the heat of the hour.”

The museum, founded in 1947, was conceived in both the “imaginary” and “memory” of São Paulo, and as such derives its significance from the rich assembly of artists who’ve reimagined the complex relationships between São Paulo and its citizens, the greater cultural landscape and its institutions, and the function of art within Brazil’s fraught political history. Featuring the likes of Carlos Fadon, Daniel de Paula, Lais Myrrha and Roberto Keppler, among over thirty others, the exhibition includes photography, film, and collage works aimed at exploring and reconsidering the viewer’s conception of the museum, its location and various significations.

The exhibition will remain on display until May 28th.

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