Matrix for Actual Time

Reinventing Time

The Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP) is continuing its series of temporary exhibitions by hosting Matriz do tempo real [Matrix for Actual Time], curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti. Time is the theme for works by Brazilian and foreign artists dating from the late 1960s onwards, some of which integrate the museum's permanent collection, such as those of Artur Barrio, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Ivens Machado, and Edgardo Antonio Vigo. Some celebrated proposals from conceptual production have been included to dialogue with works from the MAC USP collections. There are also pieces by artists who played an important role in MAC USP's institutional history and its relations with new propositions from the 1960s and '70s; in fact, the museum now holds Brazil's leading collection in this segment.

The exhibit follows MAC USP's exhibition and collection policy by arranging reception for curatorial and artistic proposals associated with new practices and new media; encouraging new interpretations of its collection, consolidated through academic research developed by MAC's faculty and curatorial staff. In this case, note that the pieces shown have employed a wide range of formats including video, photography, and artist's publications.

We would highlight the presence of John Cage's 4'33" and On Kawara's Sept.27,1984 that, despite belonging to the grand narrative of contemporary art, here take on a different aspect when compared with Brazilian production from the same period. This time-space encounter shows how local artists have engaged with international art circuits and made contributions to groups elsewhere-like the Fluxus Group in the 1960s-as well as their presence and contribution to contemporary art discourse in the world scene.

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