Mariannita Luzzati / Ocupações - Project 3

20 Feb 2008 – 12 Mar 2008

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Gallery 32

London, United Kingdom


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As part of its programme aimed at promoting internationally renowned and up-and-coming Brazilian contemporary artists, Gallery 32 is pleased to announce Ocupações ' Project 3, an exhibition of works by the São Paulo-born artist Mariannita Luzzati. The exhibition opens on February 19th and runs until March 12th.

Ocupações took shape in 2006 as a commission for a site-specific exhibition to be housed in the 800m² Museu Vale do Rio Doce in Vitória, Espà­rito Santo, Brazil. The project emerged from the artist's observation of man and his effects on nature. The Gallery 32 exhibition, which includes works in different media, will consist of six large scale paintings and an 8-minute video piece.

Well-known both in Brazil and abroad, Luzzati has been described as 'one of the greatest working Brazilian painters' by the journalist and art critic Maria Hirszman in the Estado de São Paulo newspaper. Since 1994 she has divided her time between London and São Paulo, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in both Europe and Brazil. In 2005, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, one of Brazil's leading art institutions, hosted a major retrospective spanning fifteen years of her artistic career.

Luzzati has always made use of photographs from books, magazines and newspapers, or photographic images that she herself has captured. She then adapts them to the medium of painting, seeking to distance her method from gestural expression and a sense of personal style. By creating a blurry effect on a seemingly flat surface, she rejects any pictorial depth and establishes a zone of visual ambiguity.

'Mariannita Luzzati's painting possesses a crepuscular presence, evocative of twilight, despite this having less to do with symbolism and more with light as a subject matter. This, however, does not remove the need to understand the symbolic value of the last hours of daylight in the Western painting tradition. Among other meanings, twilight is a symbol of inner reflection, which here could be indicative of a subjective trait in the process of painting itself. Luzzati's crepuscular view would therefore develop more as a reflexive action than as a result of a melancholy mood. According to Matilde Battistini, twilight is used as a metaphor for the passing of time and for the exhaustion of creativity. This relationship with the twilight enables the establishment of Luzzati's references to Guignard or to certain prints by Louise Bourgeois.' (Paulo Herkenhoff)


Mariannita Luzzati was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She lives and works in São Paulo and London, having shown in leading international institutions, such as Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Contemporà¢nea de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Contemporà¢nea, Curitiba; Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte; Museu Vale do Rio Doce, Vitória; Museo Nacional, Buenos Aires; Museum of London; Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador; Maison de Saint Gilles, Brussels; among others.

Her works also integrate important public and corporate collections in Brazil and abroad: Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo; Fundação Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, Rio de Janeiro; Fundação Cultural de Curitiba, Curitiba; Fundação Padre Anchieta ' TV Cultura, São Paulo; Museu de Arte de Brasà­lia, Brasilia; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo; Museu de Arte Contemporà¢nea Dragão do Mar, Fortaleza; Musei Civici de Lecco and MIDA of Scontrone, Italy; The British Museum, London; University of Essex; Accenture; Couldert Brothers; Credit Suisse First Boston; Halifax plc; Herbert Smith; Rexam plc and Pearson plc, New York.

For more information and press photos please contact João Guarantani (jguarantani@brazil.org.uk) ' Project Manager, Gallery 32.


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