TANTO MAR: FLUXUS TRNSATLANTICOS PELO DESIGN
TANTO MAR: FLUXUS TRNSATLANTICOS
PALACIO DOS CONDES DA CALHETA
JAN 20 2018 - MAY 20 2018
The combined views and ideas between curators, Bárbara Coutinho, Portuguese, and Adélia Borges, Brazilian gave way to a collection of transversal works and authors crossing and connecting the South Atlantic. Even though the exhibition’s focal point was the territories of Portugal and Brazil, it considered the material culture of some African countries, showing a vast understanding that the flows and exchanges were not bidirectional, but often involving Africa.
The objects, projects, furniture, packaging, graphic pieces and clothing all displayed referred both to the history, identity, politics, culture and collective memory of each country (including reinterpretations of some national labels and symbols) and mirrored some stereotypes and/or distortions of their representations and imagery. Other pieces referred more to the architectural culture or existed in a hybrid territory, between design and crafts.
"The exhibition intended to map a transatlantic flow of design between Portugal and Brazil, focusing on the design and material culture unique to each country"
Although the exhibition explored works from different periods of both country’s histories, including during the colonization of Brazil, the exhibition was centered around the twentieth and twenty first century. Without creating a chronological discourse, the intention was to evoke recognition, awareness and debate in relation to the proximity of the two countries.
Among the several investigations, is that of Joaquim Tenreiro, who brought from Portugal his expertise in woodwork, becoming the “father” of the modern Brazilian furniture. Conversely, we find the use of Óscar Niemeyer’s columns in his work for the Palácio da Alvorada at the Colégio de Moimenta da Beira, considered subversive by Salazar’s dictatorship. There were also on display initiatives co-constructed by professionals from both nations.