New York exhibitions. Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce worldwide exclusive representation of Lygia Pape (1927 – 2004), the celebrated Brazilian artist central to the Neo-Concrete movement, who pioneered a unique approach to abstraction.
Pape’s experimental practice spanned drawing, sculpture, engraving, installation, choreography, and filmmaking as she moved between mediums to explore geometric form, positive and negative space, the intellectual and physical participation of the spectator, and above all art’s potential to ignite social change. Many of Pape’s works were created in response to rampant political repression in Brazil in the late 1960s, and reflected the artist’s strongly critical views of the government’s social and political hierarchies.
Initially inspired by the formal geometric abstraction of Concrete art, which emerged in Brazil in the early 1950s, Pape started out by making geometric constructions. She later tired of the severity of this prescriptive art form and moved beyond its constraints, becoming a founding member of the Neo- concrete movement dedicated to the inclusion of art into everyday life. Pape broke away from preconceived artistic categories
and from the 1960s onward sought to inject new expressive formulae into abstract art. ‘Art is my way of understanding the world’, she declared.
Recent solo exhibitions include the major travelling retrospective ‘Magnetized Space’ at Serpentine Gallery, London, England (2011); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2011), and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2012), as well as a presentation at Museu de Arte Contemporânea Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2000). Her work also was included in the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2009).