Luciana Brito Galeria in São Paulo opens on April 3rd, Sunday, at 11am, the exhibition “Modern Residence”, which also inaugurates its new exhibition space: a house designed by Rino Levi with landscaping by Burle Marx, built in the 1950s at Avenida Nove de Julho and never open for public visitation before. The house, known as Castor Delgado Perez Residence, was renovated by the architectural firm Piratininga Arquitetos Associados.
The occupation of a listed modernist residence by a contemporary art gallery constitutes an innovative project, which allows both public admission to a space that, despite its unquestionable historical value, has been of private access until now, and the opening to new forms of thinking and showing art. Within this context, the conception of the exhibition itself happened in an organic and experimental way, departing from the long interaction of the artists with this dense and multi-layered space.
The displacement from the white cube traditional model does not only mean, after all, occupying and architecture filled with visual and landscaping interferences, but also encompasses a relation with the symbolic stratifications that sustain the space: the specificities of the historical moment of its construction; the Brazilian modernist heritage; the researches and propositions of Rino Levi and Burle Marx; the lives of the families that occupied the house; the transfiguration of a space of living into an space of art; the tensions between public and private; among others.
From encounters, intersections and dissensions between their practices and the Castor Delgado Perez Residence – understood as more than a house, i.e., as a complex point of converge of historical-social narratives –, Caio Reisewitz, Héctor Zamora, Pablo Lobato, Rafael Carneiro, Regina Silveira, Rochelle Costi and Tiago Tebet conceived distinct forms of occupying the spaces of the residence, its rooms, cellar, gardens, scullery, fireplace, closets… As a consequence, “Modern Residence” is largely composed of hitherto unseen artworks and site-specific projects. Other than aforementioned artists, the show includes the historical core of the gallery: Gaspar Gasparian, Geraldo de Barros, Thomaz Farkas and Waldemar Cordeiro. The exhibited pieces, selected alongside the states’ representatives, establish a close dialogue with the architecture and the imaginary of Rino Levi, especially as most of them are contemporaries to the house, built on the late 1950s. “Modern Residence” can be visited up until May 21st.