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East of Eden 07/05 >> 08/06/24
Group show

East of Eden

Group show
07/05 >> 08/06/24
Curated by
Antonio Gonçalves Filho
07/05 >> 08/06/24
East of Eden
Curated by
Antonio Gonçalves Filho
Júlio Martins da Silva
Paulo Pasta
Pedro Figari
About

The exhibition East of Eden addresses the feeling of exile transfigured in the paintings of Júlio Martins da Silva (1893, Icaraí – 1978, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Paulo Pasta (1959, Ariranha, Brazil) and Pedro Figari (1861–1938, Montevideo, Uruguay). Curated by Antonio Gonçalves Filho, the group show will take place simultaneously at the Millan and Estação galleries, both located in Pinheiros, São Paulo, starting on May 7.

East of Eden is a reference to Nod, the biblical territory inhabited by Cain after killing his brother Abel. Living in Nod, "east of Eden", would therefore be a sort of punishment, explains the curator. In this sense, the survival of different symbolic forms of exile is a trait that marks the landscapes in the exhibition—sometimes idyllic, in the case of Julio's canvases, sometimes allegorical, as in Figari's paintings, or atmospheric, in the case of the creations that refer to Pasta's affective memory.

“The simultaneous exhibitions have been thought out so that every aspect mentioned about the three artists' paintings can be seen with the immediate association between them”, explains Gonçalves Filho. “In a way, Figari, a brilliant lawyer and writer who was a friend of Bonnard, Marquet, Léger and Picasso in the 1930s, searching for his Latin identity in Paris, sought elements from Uruguay's past to understand the modernizing present of post-impressionist France, as did Pasta, who also met some of the most brilliant painters, especially Iberê Camargo, and attempts to create a contemporary landscape without renouncing his origins and the pictorial tradition. Júlio, who began life in the countryside, soon sought out a teacher when he started painting at the age of 29, adopted the Lutheran cult and learned to read just to have access to great poetry and reconstruct Paradise in his own way. The connection of the three painters with literature is visible in both exhibitions. They complement each other with works that form a suite, in which each autonomous painting ends making up this great poetic panel about the Landscape”, he sums up.

This exhibition is the second collaboration between the two galleries—in 2014, Millan and Estação organized the group show Quase Figura, Quase Forma, curated by Lorenzo Mammì. East of Eden has also the support of Galería Sur, from Punta del Este, Uruguay, which kindly loans Pedro Figari's works.

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