Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MASP creates a new way of looking at Romanticism. Exhibition starts on February 5th

"Walk in the Twilight" by Vincent Van Gogh, (1890)

The brand new exhibition organized by Teixeira Coelho, the curator-chief of the museum, wants to connect paintings from various periods, without complying with the chronology of the classical art school. It aims to reveals the romantic ideal through the Western point of view.

MASP hosts an important collection of paintings in Latin America and Teixeira Coelho have chosen 79 among all of them to create the exhibition called "Romantismo — A Arte do Entusiasmo" (Romanticism - The Art of Enthusiasm). Paints of Bosch, El Greco, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Dali, León Ferrari, Tomie Ohtake (Paulista artist) and dozens of others show that the ideals of Romanticism - a movement identified between the mid-18th and 19th centuries - permeate the art produced in the last 500 years in the West.

The thesis is controversial. According to Teixeira Coelho, the romantic genre meant a great change on the Western mind. According to him, "It was a massive and radical transformation. More than a transformation: a revolution. Revolution against everything. Against the ideas of universal and eternal, and against the past against the future".

Within this concept, the exhibition is divided in nine modules. Some will have masterpieces of Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco, others will have the contemporaries León Ferrari, Tomie Ohtake and Marcello Grassmann. The selection also counts with paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet and Amedeo Modigliani. It will be 63 artists in total and one of the highlights is the Knight, by Salvador Dalí, donated to the MASP in 2008.

Educational Services: As the shows consist of works from the collection and temporary exhibitions held by the MASP, the exposure "Romanticism - The Art of enthusiasm" will have an educational program developed specifically prepared to the visitors, teachers and school students from public and private. The guided tours are conducted by a team of specialized professionals. Try to book it in advance.

Where: MASP
When: February 5th to May 8th at the 2º floor. Thursday, from 11am till 8pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, from 11am till 6pm. (Tickets stop to selling an hour before closing).
Phone: (11) 3251 5644
How much:
R$ 15 and R$ 7 (students). Free for under 10 and above 60. Also free every Tuesday
Website: www.masp.art.br

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