"Neotropicalia - When Lives Become Form" Exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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Brazil, home to the vast Amazon and to a people with a passion for samba and soccer. Right now, this nation of mixed ethnicities, which absorbed a multitude of immigrants and forged a hybrid culture, has captured the world's attention. Especially alluring is how the art of Brazil overflows with vibrant colors and structural organic forms and expresses the joy of living. In the 1960s, an artistic movement arose in Brazil. "Tropicalia," which celebrated the "originality of the culture of people who live in the tropics." "When Lives Become Form" introduces Brazil's creativity through the works of 27 artists and creators, including Helio Oiticica, an artist central to the Tropicalia movement, and young artists emerging since the late 1990s who have succeeded to his endeavor.

Artist Talk
October 22nd (Wed) 18:00-20:00 Lucia Koch, Beatriz Milhazes, others
October 26th (Sun) 15:00-16:00 osgemeos

Educational Programs
-Special lecture for teachers: October 31st (Fri) 16:00-18:00 (aimed at elementary through high school teachers)
-Museum School (art appreciation class for schools): every Tue/Thu from November 6th (Thu) through December 25th (Thu) (aimed at elementary through high school students)
-Gallery Cruise for parent-children pairs (hands-on art tour): December 6th (Sat), 7th (Sun) 13:00-15:00 (aimed at grades 3-6 and their parents/guardians)

Art Tours by Museum Staff Guides
Every Saturday from November 1st (Sat) through January 10th 2009 (Sat) except January 3rd (Sat)

MOT Museum Lectures "Joy of Living"
November 22nd (Sat) Ryuta Imafuku (anthropologist)
December 14th (Sun) "Brazilian Fashion Now" Miki Nagai (PR01. operations division, account director)
December 20th (Sat) "The Fruits of a Fusion Culture: the Joy of Brazilian Music" Jin Nakahara (music producer)
January 12th 2009 (Mon/holiday) Capoeira hands-on session with Kazuhiko Hachiya (artist), Mitsuru Nanjo + capoeira group
Each lecture starts at 15:00




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bdforest: (2008-11-14)

Hey, I'm not an sophisticated art critic, but I definitely had a great time at the Neotropicalia exhibit. I'm not objective here, since I love Brazil after once visiting the country and once falling in love with a Brazilian dentist, but even if you don't have a strong interest in Brazil, you will enjoy this exhibit.

Appropriately for Brazil, the exhibit was large and diverse with a range of media and points of view. Overall, the works displayed a lot of the color and optimistic energy that Brazil and Brazilians often emanate.

I especially liked Lygia Papes sculture of gold wires in a dark room--moving around the wires made the work change and move itself.

The interactive works were a lot of fun. There were a number of works and installations that you walked around in, listened to, touched, and even wore. Some people were very serious about how they interacted with the works, and some people were confused, and others just had a good time.

Ernesto Neto's big pantyhose thing was also fantastic. We spent quite a few minutes looking at it from all angles.

Perhaps not the most profound review, but go see this exhibit--you'll have a good time.

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