Lygia Pape (19272004) was a leading Brazilian artist whose work brought together daring experimentation and formal rigour. Magnetized Space is the first major exhibition of Papes work to be presented in the UK. The exhibition brings together well-known and previously unseen works, spanning sculpture, performance, paintings, films, poems, engravings and collages.
Pape was a founding member of the Neo Concrete movement, which was dedicated to the inclusion of art into everyday life. Papes early work developed out of an interest in European abstraction. However, she and her contemporaries went beyond simply adopting an international style, and started to draw on their own local situation.
Neo Concretism is often seen as the beginning of contemporary art in Brazil and Papes work - which focused on the coming together of aesthetic, ethical and political ideas - has formed an important part of Brazils artistic identity.
The exhibition presents work from throughout Papes career, including early drawings and poems from her Concrete period to her Neo Concretist Livros (Books) series as well as ballets and performances such as Divisor (Divider) and O ovo (The Egg). Many of these works were created in response to the political repression growing in the late 1960s and reflected the artists strongly critical views on Brazils elite. Papes late works focused on the depiction of emotion and sensation, and have been described by Hélio Oiticica - a contemporary of Papes - as permanently open seeds.
The exhibition is organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
in collaboration with Projeto Lygia Pape and the Serpentine Gallery. The exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía was curated by Manuel BorjaVillel, Director, and Teresa Velázquez, Head of Exhibitions. The exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery is curated by Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, and Sophie OBrien, Exhibition Curator.