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Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
9 november de 2013 - 23 february de 2014

The Pinacoteca of São Paulo, an institution of the Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, presents the exhibition Gustavo Rezende: Dive, with about 40 works, including photographs, drawings and sculptures, performed between the 1980s and today. The exhibition brings together works that highlight the different stages of the artist's production, making clear the issues and processes that guide the constitution of a singular and original work. In Pinacoteca is the second exhibition of Gustavo Rezende. “For the Pinacoteca de São Paulo it is a privilege to have received Gustavo Rezende's first solo in 1984 and now to welcome this panorama of his work, which crowns a very special moment of a singular artist”, says Ivo Mesquita, curator and technical director of the Museum.

Gustavo Rezende began his career in the early 1980s, in his early period the works were characterized by sculptures of archetypal forms in materials such as wood, bronze, plaster and lead. In the 1990s, the artist incorporates new media and his current production expands this research, where several languages ​​such as manga and crepe tape collages are used in the construction of a unique and thought-provoking narrative.

The exhibition brings together several moments of Gustavo Rezende's career, putting side by side important works of his career. Among them, we highlight The Hut and Our Lives, 1992, whose title refers to Grahamn Greene's text and makes a wry comment about who we are and how we project ourselves. Back light is marked as the first self portrait. Already Crepe sexy things, 2012, Rezende creates ambiguous compositions that discuss the boundary between sexuality and power. From the most current phase, the exhibition presents another emblematic work of the artist's career. Taj Mahal and the Possibility of Love in the Epistemological Cube Age, 2000, a work of fifteen Carrara marble cobblestones, Belgian granite, and a case of the anxiolytic Prozac.

“Gustavo Rezende's work is an original narrative about the subject-artist, an autobiographical work that articulates issues that unite the imaginary of the visual arts and literature with contemporary issues of identity and gender,” says Ivo Mesquita.

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