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João Modé

Switzerland | Visual Arts

Visual Arts

With research in constructivism and concretism, João Modé bases his residency on the participation of Max Bill [CH] in the first São Paulo Biennial, in 1951, with the work «Tripartite Unit», a fundamental piece to open ways to concretism in Brazilian art. From that historical fact, he plans to openly research the geometrical art movement in Switzerland and in Europe, not only in the field of visual arts but also in architecture and graphic design, and to compare these forms to the contemporary dystopia. This project, entitled «HORIZON_T_E», is an extension of the research Modé has conducted since 2013, when he started a group of works called «Constructive [Paninhos]», using kitchen cloths, scarves, and sheets from his home. Those pieces are a kind of homage to the abstract-geometric tradition of Brazilian art.

João Modé [BR] is a visual artist living and working in Rio de Janeiro. His oeuvre is articulated by a plural notion of languages and spaces for action. He has a degree in Architecture and in Graphic Design, with a master’s degree in Visual Languages awarded by UFRJ. He was a founding member of the Visorama group, that organized debates regarding issues dealing with contemporary art between the end of the 1980s and during the decade of the 1990s. He participated in the 28th São Paulo Biennial (2008), the 7th and 10th Mercosul Biennial (2009/2015) and the Aichi Triennial, Nagoya, Japan (2016). He developed projects with Capacete Entretenimentos (Rio), Le Centre du Monde (Brussels), Casa Très Patios (Medellin), Watermill Center (NY), Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy and Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, among others.

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