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Pop, Realisms And Politics. Brazil – Argentina, 1960s.

GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Bergamo
March 8th – May 26th

Curated by Paulo Herkenhoff and Rodrigo Alonso, the exhibition presents and analyses the artistic production of Brazil and Argentina during the Sixties, highlighting the artists’ creativity and originality, as well as the challenges they faced in a decade of profound social changes.

GAMeC is the third of the four venues of the exhibition, which was hosted – with exhibition projects conceived for each institution – at Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires and Museu Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba in 2012. It will then be staged at MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, concluding the exhibition itinerary.

The exhibition title contains a reference to the artistic movements that inspired the works on show and to the topics that are examined, first of all, English and American Pop Art and French Nouveau Réalisme, as well as Situationism, the Argentine Otra Figuración movement, and the Brazilian Nova Objetividade and Tropicália movements.

The exhibition brings together a rich group of works based on their shared historical background. In fact, the works show many similarities, starting with their subjects: mass consumerism, advertising, design, fashion, and, above all, political resistance.
This is a dynamic, powerful and unconventional art, the mirror of two nations that faced serious social problems such as poverty, poor living conditions, power struggles, military pressures and internal migration. These works, which often sparked controversy and scandal, eschewed the conventions of art disciplines, disregarding forms with the aim of engaging the viewer.

Practical informations
GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Via San Tomaso, 53 – 24121 Bergamo

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