13 Jun 2022

Maria and, behind her, Brazil. Maria Martins and Paris

Veronica Stigger
Paris, France
The École des modernités At the Institut Giacometti

Maria Martins is a singular case in modern Brazilian art. Not only was she trained in sculpture outside Brazil, in Paris and Belgium, but her career was also made abroad. It was in the United States and Europe that she first showed her work, long before it was presented in Brazil. Outside her native country, Martins showed an interest in mobilising Brazilian mythology and culture. Influenced by surrealism, she creates sculptures that merge the human body with plants and animals. This conference will provide an insight into the work of this sculptor who was close to Chagall and Piet Mondrian, and, from 1942-1943, to the Surrealists in exile: André Breton, Max Ernst, André Masson and Marcel Duchamp. It will also be an opportunity to look back at the way French artists and writers such as Breton and Perret viewed her work.

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Veronica Stigger is an art historian and art critic, and an independent curator. She is a postgraduate professor of photography and art history at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP). She is a specialist in Brazilian literary and artistic modernity, particularly the work of Maria Martins. She curated, among others, the exhibitions "Maria Martins: Metamorfoses" [Maria Martins: Metamorphoses] (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2013) and "O útero do mundo" [The Womb of the World] (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2016), and with Eduardo Sterzi, "Variações do corpo selvagem: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, fotógrafo" [Variations of the wild body: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, photographer] (Sao Paulo, Sesc Ipiranga, 2015; Franfort Weltkulturen Museum, 2017-2018). 

13 June 2022 at 6:30pm

Lecture in English, online only.

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Veronica STIGGER - Maria and, behind her, Brazil. Maria Martins et Paris

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