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Contemporary Baroque

14 Jun 2019 – 29 Aug 2019

Event times

Monday to Friday - from 9 am to 5 pm - except holidays

Cost of entry

free entry

Brazilian Embassy

Berlin, Germany


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Galeria Canoa presents the exhibition "Contemporary Baroque" by the Brazilian artist Sérgio Ramos. As an architect and artist, Sério Ramos is influenced by Brazilian colonial art, from which he extracts aesthetic and conceptual elements that he applies in his painting full of “Brazilianness”.


With an international upward trajectory and more than 28 years of career, Sérgio Ramos has in his curriculum about 70 exhibitions. He currently resides in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, a city that houses a significant part of the Brazilian Baroque collection and history.

Inspired by literature, music, and architecture, his works present circumstances and everyday icons, which lead the observer to an imaginary world. Its aesthetic structure, playful and poetic, uses concepts of time and space, and Gestalt to activate the memory archetypes and achieve pictorial balance. 

The artist presents works inspired by this dialogue between everyday objects and Brazilian Baroque colonial architecture. With this concept, the paintings show their constructivist technique, with its characteristic gilding and its profusion of overlapping elements. The layers that form on canvas are a metaphor for the contemporaneity of this constantly "non-linear-editing" world which, at the same time as it transforms itself, also gives the observer numerous possibilities.

The Brazilian visual arts have long drawn attention to their high degree of diversity and experimentation. Even in some of the most innovative works, one can see the strong presence of the human and natural aspects that constitute their identity. This” art-Brazilianness” bond continues to be strengthened by the artists of the new generation, being one of the reasons for the constant interest abroad for Brazilian art. In this context, Brazilian colonial art plays a relevant role.
Colonial art is inextricably linked to the Baroque. The theme, which already attracted the interest of art historians in the nineteenth century, became an important field of study in the twentieth century, and it is considered the origin of Brazilian aesthetic peculiarity. 

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