ZANINE 100 YEARS: FORMS AND RESISTANCE (2019)
ZANINE 100 YEARS:
FORMS AND RESISTANCE
RIO DE JANEIRO
SEP 14 2019 - NOV 17 2014
Curated by Tulio Mariante, design curator of MAM, the chosen works integrated Zanine's emblematic and fruitful production between the late 1960s and the 1980s, known as “mobile-denunciation”. The pieces, made of solid wood, were created as a result of the deforestation of Brazilian forests. Tulio Mariante points out that Zanine “collected the wood in the remains of slaughter, often irregular, as a form of denunciation, as a form of resistance”.
More than just furniture, experts consider these works as functional sculptures, a way for the artist to express his perception of Brazilian culture. The creation process was slow, with the use of traditional tools such as saws, enchó, chisels, planers, and with the canoeists of Bahia as labor.
"More than just furniture, experts consider these works as functional sculptures, a way for the artist to express his perception of Brazilian culture"
Several of the exhibited pieces were created during the period when Zanine Caldas lived in Nova Viçosa, Bahia, 1970s until 1980, where he installed a workshop that became a meeting point for great names in Brazilian culture, such as Oscar Niemeyer, Carlos Vergara, Chico Buarque , Amelia Toledo, Odete Lara among others. There, he built the famous tree house for artist Frans Krajcberg. This exhibition was the third that MAM has held José Zanine Caldas. His first individual exhibition at the Museum was in 1975, and the second in 1983, when he built a wooden house next to the gardens.
Highlights of the exhibition were the pieces “Namoradeira”, the “Redário”, the “pequi” wood sculpture, the dining table and the glass top sideboard created in Nova Viçosa in the 1970s and the sofa made in islets in 1980.