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Cao Guimarães. Ex Isto. 2010

Brazilian Artists Dive Into Translation 0

The Spiral and the Square. Exercises in Translatability
Bonniers Konsthall
Stockholm, Sweden
August 24 – January 8, 2012

In the summer season, the exposition at Stockholm's Bonniers Konsthall is closed to visitors, but it's still possible to see the installation by the Swedish artist Astrid Svangren at the museum's Spetsen gallery during the summer holidays. 

At summer's end, August 23, Bonniers Konsthall will introduce its new season with an ambitious group exhibition – The Spiral and the Square. Exercises in Translatability. The collective exhibition will feature the work of nineteen internationally recognized Brazilian artists from various generations, each representing the exhibition's theme in various media and with an individual approach. 

The starting point of The Spiral and the Square can be found in the colorful culture of exotic Brazil, however, the exhibition's works are not typically Brazilian – they include study and interpretation of various world cultures, including a look at the art history of Sweden.

Curators Jochen Volz and Daniela Castro came up with the exhibition's title from the novel Avalovara by Osman Lins (1924–1978), an innovator in the 20th century literature of Brazil. In the novel's prologue, a spiral-shaped geometric drawing consisting of several five-letter Latin words indicates the direction the novel's plot will take. The words are written so that they are read “circularly”, like a word game. The novel gave inspiration to find out what would happen when one mutually interprets the cultures and languages that pass between a work of art and the viewer.

A symmetrical chain of symbols and verses, or a palindrome, that can be identically read either from left to right or right to left, is one of many legacies left to us from antiquity. Engravings found during excavations in ancient Pompeii depict words that form squares, which can be linearly read in all directions. Similar puzzles have also been found in Scandinavian runic texts.

In parallel with the exhibit, Bonniers Konsthall, in cooperation with Södertörns Högskola and the publishing house Albert Bonniers, will hold seminars, educational performances and film showings, all of which will cast Brazilian culture in the central role. 

Laura Lima. Marra. 1996

The exhibit will feature the following artists: Öyvind Fahlström, Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Eugenio Dittborn, Cao Guiamares, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Laura Lima, Arto Lindsay, Dora Longo Bahia, Renata Lucas, Cinthia Marcelle, Rodrigo Matheus, Cildo Meireles, João Modé, Fabio Morais, Rivane Neuenschwander, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Haegue Yang.

Torsgatan 19
Stockholm, Sweden