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Tropicalia revisited.

The works of Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica will be on exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, beginning October 24, 1993. Curated by Guy Brett and Catherine David, this comprehensive exhibition covers twenty-five years of the artist's prolific career. One of the pioneer's of the Tropicalismo movement of the 1960s, Oiticica eventually exiled himself in New York during the 1970s. He returned to Brazil in 1978 and lived there until his death two years later at age forty-three. The Walker presentation is the premiere in the United States of a complex body of work which has remained little-known in Europe and the U.S. Musician Tom Ze is scheduled to perform at the opening.

Oiticica's works have been divided into three periods which are traced chronologically in this show. The first phase features works from the mid-to-late 1950s, with brilliantly colored paintings and geometric sculptures incorporating elements of European Constructivism and De Stijl. In the 1960s the artist adopted a different approach, creating works which brought together common objects such as glass jars and plastic bottles combined with earth or cloth and sometimes incorporating texts. During this period, Oiticica joined a samba school in one of the favelas of Rio and became a samba master. His experiments rendering distinctively "sculpted" samba costumes evolved into complex installation environments, such as Tropicalia Penetravel (1967) and Eden (1969), which was created in London for an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The third and final period of Oiticica's career was more self-contained and psychological in subject matter--he combined slide projections and sounds to create room-sized environments or "nests".

In conjunction with the exhibition, the first book on the artist's work has been published. An especially appealing part of the 280-page book is the survey of Oiticica's writing which includes selected excerpts from his notebooks. The exhibition will remain at the Walker Art Center until February 20, 1994. It also will be presented in early 1995 at the Guggenheim Museum Soho in New York after which it will travel to Brazil to the Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, and the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro.

For further information, contact the Walker Art Center, Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 375-7622.
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Title Annotation:exhibition of Tropicalia pioneer Helio Oiticica's works
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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