Antonio Dias Defeats and victories

14 Oct 2020 21 Mar 2021 Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM São Paulo) exposição individual
Antonio Dias, <i>O Poder</i>, 1963. Courtesy of Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo
Antonio Dias, O Poder, 1963. Courtesy of Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo

Antonio Dias: defeats and victories, retrospective exhibition of the painter from the Brazilian state of Paraíba, Antonio Dias (1944-2018) at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM SP).

The retrospective, now open for the public, Antonio Dias: defeats and victories presents an overview of the artist’s work, who died in 2018, including paintings, drawings, installations and films that reveal recurring existential themes in his research and brings testimonial character to his work. It is also possible to visit the virtual preview of the exhibition here.

Dias actively participated in the resistance to military dictatorship in Brazil, producing works that opposed not only to the political oppression, but also to the painting traditions of the time. Between 1964 and 1968, he made graphic works with elements that referred to the Pop Art comics. Six years later, in 1977, he started another historical series, the papers of Nepal: for five months, the artist produced handmade papers in Barabishe, a place close to the border with Tibet, through a process involving iron oxide, mineral pigments like malachite and only a single color (red). Two of these works are part of the exhibition.

Curatorship: Felipe Chaimovich

Learn more about the artist here.

  1. Caroline A. Jones, Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).
  2. Greenberg’s Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).
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