"I have been feeling so miserable/anguished. I wake up very traumatized encroached by the unconsciousness."
Lygia Clark


Lygia Clark in Pinakotheke

The work of Lygia Clark was present at the Project "THE ART BETWEEN FRANCE AND BRAZIL", organized by the Cultural Pinakotheke in 2009 Year of France in Brazil and the 30th anniversary celebration of the institution. Between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, the exhibition attracted 8300 visitors from 18 to 23 august in a special room of the Hall of Arts at "Hebraica" in SP, and september 30 to december 12 at the headquarters of Pinakotheke, Rua Sao Clemente 300, Botafogo.

At the time, were published two books: the exhibition catalog (bilingual: French and Portuguese) with texts by the curator and editor Max Perlingeiro, critic and historian Valerio Claudio Teixeira and a brief biography of each artist with reference to the period spent in France. And a book of the same name, written by teacher Nereide Schilaro Santa Rosa, for the young public.


According to Max Perlingeiro the exhibition was thought, with no pretense of exhausting the subject, to show the trajectory of artists in France, its formation, the influence on their work, and the decisive contribution of their work at the time that marked the year of Brazil in France.

The works were selected from public and private collections from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Ceará, Alagoas and Paris. The show was presented in three distinct segments

"Modern before Modernism." Artists from the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts or the National School of Fine Arts. They traveled as scholars of the Empire, with the help of the State or with the help of friends. Artists active in the nineteenth century until the first half of the twentieth century.

"The Moderns." Since the first exhibition of modernist Lasar Segall in 1913, Anita Malfatti, 1917, the Week of Modern Art in 1922, and active artists from the 1930s to the present day.

The third segment was a tribute to the photographer Alécio de Andrade. This room reflected the intention to honor our artists through the lens of this remarkable Brazilian photographer who chose Paris as his major source of inspiration, among them Lygia Clark

The exhibition showed a great diversity of techniques and processes of art: paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, photographs, collages and sensory objects of Lygia.

Among the selected works , the Sensorial Objects "Stone and Air", "Breathe with Me", " Hands Dialogue " and "Sensorial Masks" of Lygia. Based on manageable objects that created or collected in nature as air balloons, bags of soil and water and even stones she propose that had the gift of healing the ills of the soul .

Once, a student went into a deep trance, fainted and fell during one of the sessions of art therapy at the Sorbonne in Paris in the 1970s.

Lygia was one of the honored artists and her objects were not presented as a curiosity, but within the context of the exhibition - Brazilian artists in France - a production artist in this period. And, fundamentally, the opportunity to interact the public with the works of art: this was the intention of the artist in her creative process.

The school visits have always been a differential in the activities of art education by the Pinakotheke Cultural, recalls Max.

In partnership with the "Friends of the School," the show "THE ART BETWEEN FRANCE AND BRAZIL" welcomed students from public schools and private pre-school, fundamental - 1 and 2 - and High School. All visits were guided by trained monitors to a better use. These visits totaled 830 children and adolescents. Among the schools received: Municipal School Pedro Rodrigues do Carmo de Duque de Caxias, CIEP Anita Malfatti, Municipal School SolanoTrindade , Municipal School São Bento, The Israel Center for Education and Culture, among others.

The process of creation of Lygia Clark has always aroused great curiosity in the audience. The possibility of watching an anthologic film , with a didactic narrative of the artist as "Memory of the Body," directed by Mário Carneiro, and the invitation to interact with the "Sensorial Objects" was one of the most talked attractions of the exhibition, says Max.