Magazine article Artforum International

Laercio Redondo: Museu De Arte Moderna

Magazine article Artforum International

Laercio Redondo: Museu De Arte Moderna

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Laercio Redondo

MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA

"O que acaba todos os dias" (What Ends Every Day) is the first comprehensive museum exhibition dedicated to the Brazilian artist Laercio Redondo. The show, which travels to Dallas Contemporary in September, brings together works created between 1998 and 2015, all jam-packed with references to the history of art and architecture, both Brazilian and foreign. In Rio, the exhibition was framed by a pair of curtains, a blue-gray-yellow Neo-concrete geometric abstraction, made in collaboration with exhibition designer Birger Lipinski. Upon entering, the viewer encountered a slanted board, covered in gray carpet, below a fluorescent light next to a fern. This arrangement belongs to the artist's most recent video installation, Desvios (Detour), 2015. Redondo's images, accompanied by a text by Soraya Guimaraes Hoepfner, present the story of the self-taught architect Lota de Macedo Soares, who designed Flamengo Park, the site of the Museu de Arte Moderna, in the 1950s. Soares was the lover and muse of the North American poet Elizabeth Bishop; the couple lived together about forty-five miles away from the museum, in the Casa Samambaia (Fern House) on the hills outside Rio. The black-and-white video projection of a drive along the route from the museum to the Fern house conveys Soares's struggle to create simultaneously a public space for the citizens of Rio and a refuge outside the city for her same-sex relationship.

A casa de vidro (The Glass House), 1998/2008, is a double projection that revolves around Lina Bo Bardi's iconic glass house in Sao Paulo. Redondo visited a few years after the architect's death, and then returned to shoot more footage a decade later. During the first visit the artist still detected traces of habitation; the second visit conveys the sense of the architect's absence and a process of institutionalized archiving. …

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