A estreia da arte brasileira na Exposição Internacional de Arte de Veneza (1950)

Translated title of the contribution: The debut of brazilian art at the venice international art exhibition (1950)

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Abstract

Após uma falida tentativa de estreia na 24ª Bienal de Veneza (1948), o Brasil fez seu debuto na 25ª edição (1950), sob gestão e financiamento de Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho. Reconstruindo o percurso de afirmação de Matarazzo junto à entidade italiana e à luz dos registros históricos referentes à recepção deste debuto, este artigo examina o duplo lugar concedido à arte brasileira pela mídia internacional: um, repleto de descaso, ao reproduzir exaustivamente o texto do catálogo expositivo produzido pelos próprios brasileiros, ao posto de uma análise personificada e séria do conjunto; outro, propagador de estereótipos, como “espírito primitivo indígena”, “truculência popularesca”, “iconografia exótica e violenta” e “primitivismo selvagem”.

Following a failed attempt to participate in the 24th Venice Biennale (1948), Brazil made its premiere at the 25th Venice Biennale (1950), under the management and financed by Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho. Reconstructing the path leading to the affirmation of Matarazzo with the aforementioned Italian entity and in accordance with the historical records referring to the reception of this debut, this article shall examine the duality of the placing attributed to Brazilian art by the international media: one displaying negligence in exhaustively reproducing the exhibition catalogue text written by the Brazilians themselves, subject to personified and serious analysis of the group, and another propagating stereotypes, such as the “primitive indigenous spirit”, “popular truculence”, “exotic and violent iconography” and “savage primitivism”.
Translated title of the contributionThe debut of brazilian art at the venice international art exhibition (1950)
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalRevista Ars
Volume21
Issue number47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Arte moderna brasileira
  • Bienal de Veneza
  • Estereótipos
  • Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho
  • Brazilian Modern Art
  • Venice Biennale
  • Stereotypes

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