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Institute of Contemporary Art – IAC holds historical exhibition of Carmela Gross

The show “Stamps” curated by Ricardo Resende and opens to the public on 04 February, at 12:00

Carmela Gross's first stamp was a drawing of a fist on the table, no IV Salon of Modern Art of the Federal District, in Brasília, in the year 1968. In 1978, Carmela presented at the Graphic Arts Cabinet, in São Paulo, other Stamps, a set of 80 works, made of repeated and systematically organized stamps on the paper, distributed throughout the gallery space.


These years of plastic and conceptual study resulted in a large archive with more than 300 documents, which is now presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art – IAC.

Stamps deals with drawing decomposed into lines, stains, brush strokes and scribbles. Throughout the artist's research process, repetition suggests a search for drawing synthesis, by the rationality of the expressive gesture.


The materials presented in exhibition from the IAC make up an experimental plastic language and show how the artist's idea was conceived and executed: starts with a study of the landscape through photos and unfolds into several sets of drawings, from a small scribbled piece of paper to its completion. The exhibition also features some copies of the original series., from 1978.

the act of stamping, the punched drawing on a sheet of paper, it also says about your time. Held during the military dictatorship in Brazil, Stamps symbolically refers to the bureaucratic operation of the state apparatus in Brazilian life in the 1970. The stamp collection, studies, graphic materials and documents, will be donated to the IAC and soon, will be available for search.


Carimbos is curated by Ricardo Resende and was made possible through the Federal Culture Incentive Law, Ministry of Culture, Federal Government, sponsored by J.P.. Morgan. IAC's educational program has the support of Instituto Galo da Manhã.

About the Artist

Carmela Gross (São Paulo, 1946) has carried out large-scale works that are part of the urban space and mark a critical look at architecture and urban history. the common axis, beyond the diversity of contexts and proposals elaborated in each case, is the basic concept of working-in-the-city.

The set of operations, that involve from the conception of the work, going through the production process, until the disposition in the exhibition place, emphasizes the dialectical relationship between the work and the space, between the work and the public/passerby. The works seek to engender new artistic perceptions that assert a critical action and thought and that bring to light the semantic load of the place, be it a public space, an institution or the moment of an exhibition. carmelagross.com/cv

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About the Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art – IAC is a documentation and research center. It was founded in 1997 by Raquel Arnaud, aiming to preserve and make available for research a wide collection of documents related to the trajectory and work of Brazilian visual artists and architects. Currently, the IAC collection has more than 80 thousand items, including the collections of the artists Amilcar de Castro, Antonio Dias, Carmela Gross, Hermelindo Fiaminghi, Iole de Freitas, Ivan Serpa, Lothar Charoux, Luiz Sacilotto, Ruben Ludolf, Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Sergio Camargo, Willys de Castro, by architect Jorge Wilheim and Petit Galerie.

The IAC also invests in various forms of knowledge production, holding exhibitions, publications, mediated visits, seminars, courses, open classes and workshops for different audiences, in addition to offering scholarships for research. Until now, were produced 35 exhibitions and 27 publications, between books and catalogs. Headquartered since 2020, the institution has two A.P.C.A Awards. – Paulista Association of Art Critics in the Visual Arts category, for Best Cultural Activity, in 2006 and 2020.


Carmela Gross: Stamps
trusteeship: Ricardo Resende
opening: 4 February 2023, at 12:00
visitation: 6 of February to 6 May 2023
Tuesday to Friday, from 11:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday from 11am to 4pm
free admission

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