A Tale of Two Worlds: 2nd floor


Bispo do Rosário began his embroidery by unravelling hospital uniforms and making religious cloaks with the threads. He saw the new order as a pathway to the vibrant world of his imagination as he embroidered the names of everyone he knew, each material he used and every place he visited. Bispo’s work affirms his belief in the power of art, the imagination and play as crucial tools for the acquisition of knowledge. Artworks by the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti, juxtaposed here with those by Bispo do Rosario, also use embroidery and focus on order as the key to an artistic programme.
The markedly different artistic practices of the Chilean artist Juan Downey and the Argentinian artist Alejandro Puente explore indigenous traditions.
Artists featured:: Arthur Bispo do Rosario, Alighiero Boetti, Juan Downey, Alejandro Puente.


The artists in these galleries address universal preoccupations such as work and ecology. The installation by Víctor Grippo Algunos oficios [Some Trades] (1976), from the Moderno collection and Joseph Beuys’ installation, Blitzschlag mit Lichtschein auf Hirsch [Flash of Lightning with Deer] (1958-1985), which is on permanent exhibition at the MMK and is represented here in a series of photographs by Hidegard Weber; ‘Hommage à Beuys – Lehmwerkstatt Berlin 1982’ – share ideas about the energy that is produced during the encounter between art and material.
The Argentinian artist Nicolás García Uriburu, meanwhile, shared Beuys’ interest in the environment.
Artists featured:: Joseph Beuys, Nicolás García Uriburu, Victor Grippo, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra

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