Alberto da Veiga Guignard
24.09 – 29.11 / 2014
THE ALMEIDA & DALE GALLERY PRESENTS
GUIGNARD – SONHOS E SUSSUROS (DREAMS AND WHISPERS)
With curatorship by Denise Mattar, the exhibition provides an overview of the career of painter Alberto da Veiga Guignard.
From 23 September to 29 November.
The coming Tuesday on the 23rd the Almeida & Dale Gallery is to open the exhibition GUIGNARD – Sonhos e Sussurros (Dreams and Whispers), curated by Denise Mattar. A total of 48 works of Alberto da Veiga Guignard will be on show, drawn from private and institutional collections from different regions of Brazil. These works are rarely exhibited and provide an overview of the output of one of the greatest icons of Brazilian painting.
The rich selection made by the curator reveal a facet which highlights the poetic side of the artist. Among nuances and changes, the Guignard seen in the fluid works of 1960 is also evident in works with vigorous traits from the 1930s, particularly landscapes, flowers and portraits, besides works on religious themes and still life.
“ In Guignard, figuration serves as support for pure esthetic emotion, all of the artist´s work is a spiritual experience. His universes are eternal, unstable and luminous. In the dream landscapes nothing is revealed, all is whisper and, although marked by deep melancholy, Guignard´s work is sweet.“ says curator, Denise Mattar.
The exhibition provides visitors with an overview of Guignard´s career by bringing together works seldom displayed for public viewing. The exhibition includes painting from significant private collections, such as those held by Angela Gutierrez, Ronaldo Cezar Coelho, Airton Queiroz, Israel Vainboim, Paula and Silvio Frota, Yolanda Queiroz and Priscila Freire, and by renowned institutions, such as the Edson Queiroz Foundation and Guignard House Museum, in addition to the Roberto Marinho Collection and the Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection – Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro.
The huge painting Landscape from 1947 was loaned by the Guignard House Museum in Minas Gerais state. Measuring 1.58 m tall by 2.08 m across, the painting is on show in a gallery for the first time. The beauty of Minas Gerais can also be seen in the Landscape of Ouro Preto of 1962, one of Guignard last artworks.
Representations of the Botanic Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, rare for their outstanding quality, are also in the show, as are Flowers painted in the 1940s, and Vase with Flowers and Apples from 1931, considered one of Guignard´s most stunning flower vases.
The selection of portraits also encompasses works that have not been on display for a long time, such as Família Paisagem de Minas (Family Landscape of Minas), from the 1930s. Semiramis Portrait (1942), whose frame was also painted by Guignard, and Portrait of a Girl (1935), are also in the show.