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Rare works of Rubens Gerchman

Painter, designer and engraver, Rubens Gerchman was in the 60s, one of the pioneers of Pop Art in Brazil, and has participated in other avant-garde movements. The artist used in his work football icons, television and politics, as represented mass culture, large cities, alienation, and the daily lives of middle and lower classes, in various works.

From time to time, he resumed a particular subject, years after its inception in brackets, procedures, different techniques and approaches. Rubens Gerchman revisited his own work several times, rephrasing, continuing or even contradicting past jobs.

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From the 28th of January in Mul.ti.plo Space Art Gallery, a cutout of the artist’s work can be discovered by the public. There are 20 rare works, too little seen in decades, which make up the exhibition “space-time”. Among the works are prints, works on paper, painting and object, in which the artist comes to your visual poetics. A theme that began in the late 1960s and lasted until shortly before his death, at age 66.

“We think the show has as a concept that visual poetry that was present in his work at various times. There is no chronological concern, but conceptual and thematic, a clipping about how this poetry was present in different media over the years, “says Clara Gerchman, general director of the institute. The exhibition features 13 prints, six works on paper, a painting (Now burn, baby, burn, 1968) and the Air sculpture, 2000.

This piece, by the way, and is the return Gerchman to a certain theme: in 1972, returning from a period of four years living in New York, wrote and directed the Hermetic Triumph film in 35 mm. Photographic Film Registry derived a series of prints some time later. And this sculpture, decades later.

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There are, for example, the series of four pictures of Suite Hermetic Triumph (Air, Earth, ManWoman and Gnosis), made from the Film Registry; engraving New Acropolis, very rare; two versions of Equadorcicatriz lithography; screen printing Sofa grass, 1973, made from the design of a sculpture, not performed, a sofa made with real grass; lithography Grammar, 1974. The series of works on paper brings together works also very rare: Scar, Start, Startis, Pleur Fleur and Wake color on you.

The only exposed painting, Now burn, baby, burn, exemplifies another aspect of his work: the graphical issue. “It’s a special part of his work: the strength he gave to words. As the work is strengthened when faced with a word or a sentence, “says Maneco Muller. This, in particular, was made in the late 1960s and refers to a poster, exposing the American wound of the Vietnam War. “Beside Carlos Vergara, Antonio Dias and Roberto Magalhaes, Rubens Gerchman, in a transgressive gesture appropriated scenes of the popular imagination and often of their own to describe the society of the time,” adds Muller.

The curator of the exhibition was a partnership between Mul.ti.plo and Rubens Gerchman Institute. The exhibition runs until March 17. The gallery is located at Rua Dias Ferreira, 417 / room 206 – Leblon. Operation: Monday through Friday from 10 am to 18.30; and Saturday from 10h to 14h. Free entrance.