Kogan Amaro Gallery presents the collective exhibition The visit of Max Bill at Löwenbräu-Kunst. An ode to the Swiss painter, sculptor, graphic designer and architect who, years before he visited Brazil for the first time, already influenced local artists with his Construction art.
Tripartite Unity (1948/49), the steel sculpture by Bill (1908-1994) that explores mathematical notions and suggests a geometric development of shape in space was part of the first edition of the Art Biennial in São Paulo, in 1951, and received an award then. In this context, Brazilian artists such as Antônio Maluf (1926-2005), Willys de Castro (1926-1988), Hércules Barsotti (1914-2010), Franz Weissmann (1911-2005), Judith Lauand (1922), Lothar Charoux (1912-1987), Luiz Sacilotto (1924-2003) and Raymundo Collares (1944) got inspired in the work and research on visual perception conducted by the Swiss artist, in order to create plastic elements without any lyric or symbolic connotation; paintings constructed from plans and colors which, now, coming straight from Brazil, compose the exhibition at KA Gallery Zurich.
Part of the good harvest of new Brazilian visual artists, the artist Fernanda Figueiredo (1978), from São Paulo and based in Berlin (city where Bill lived and died) gets together with the same Concrete artists that she admires so much and who inspire her, to show her deconstructed paintings, often wrapped in recreations of the lush nature in the tropics. Using bright colors to paint with acrylic paint the hot, emotional language, so characteristic of the country, she takes the opportunity to, in her manner, also go against the artistic journey of the Swiss artist. “One of the pillars that make the visit to Max Bill’s work much more enticing,” says the curator Ana Carolina Ralston. Through October 19.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)