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Anna Maria Maiolino

MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

Anna Maria Maiolino, Glu Glu Glu... , 1967. Acrylic ink and fabric on wood. 110 x 60 x 12 ½ cm. Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © Anna Maria Maiolino.

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This first US retrospective of the work of Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino brings together over five decades of paintings, drawings, videos, performances, sculptures, and large-scale installations to chart the path of an extraordinary artist.

The Museum of Contemporary Art will present the first major survey exhibition in the U.S. of Anna Maria Maiolino, one of the most influential Brazilian artists of her generation. Maiolino was born in Italy in 1942 and emigrated with her family to Venezuela as a teenager. In 1960 she moved to Brazil to attend the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, where she began to develop a body of work in dialogue with abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism. Her work was profoundly influenced by the aftermath of the Second World War, the military dictatorship in Brazil, and her experience as an artist during the period when what could be called art changed dramatically. The exhibition will cover Maiolino’s entire career, from the 1960s until the present, bringing together early experimental prints, drawings, films, performances, and installations, including her recent large-scale ephemeral installations made with unfired, hand-rolled clay. Maiolino’s work is uniquely capable of tracing the course of the movements that define Brazilian art history, channeled via a personal, psychologically charged practice that charts her own introspective path as much as it opens on to large philosophical questions of repetition and difference, the transient and the permanent, and aesthetic problems such as solid and void and the intimate relationship between drawing and sculpture.

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August 04, 2017 - January 22, 2018


Downtown & East LA




Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance, Prints & Drawing, Sculpture