Cannibals and Brazilian bulges
Working for the Brazilian Enbassy in Belgium has given me the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest cultural festivals in the world: Europalia. With Brazil as this edition’s focus country, Europalia has created over 600 cultural events from the 4th of October till the 15th of January 2012.
Because of the enormous scale of this project, it’s only now that I’ve found the time to show you guys a glimpse of the kick-off exhibition called “Brazil.Brasil” at Bozar.
I was completely flabbergasted by some of the 19th century and modernist works of Brazil.Brasil, such as ‘Antropofagia’ (center, up). Ecclecticism has always been my thing, so the idea of devouring others and producing something new had a strong appeal to me.
As the Brazilian artist Carlos Carvalho was cunningly telling me during our visit together: “It takes an experienced eye not to be entirely distracted by the huge bulge of the woodchopper in this painting.” I had to confess that my artistic eye isn’t developed enough just yet.
One of the works I liked the most was this sculpture. It exudes so much power to me and can have so many interpretations. While the composition is quite static, the statue succeeds in creating a certain dynamic. Thumbs up.