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Mul.Ti.Plo opens exhibition of the Argentine Juan Melé, one of the pioneers of Concrete Art in Latin America

Show one of the exponents of the Mahdi Movement brings together rare works and never exposed in Rio de Janeiro.

Opening takes place on 5 March and works can be visited until 23 April.

The Mul.ti.plo Art Space presents a real surprise: Painter and sculptor exhibition Argentine Juan Melé (1923-2012), one of the exponents of concrete art in Latin America. A individual “Juan Mele – poetry Builder"contemplates 20 works of the artist, between its corrugated classic (etching) and paintings, to be presented, as a whole, for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. This is a rare opportunity to meet the immense creativity of this innovative Latin American artist. The exhibition opens on Mul.ti.plo day 5 March (Thursday), at 19h, with free admission, and sign up 23 April 2020, Leblon.

Melé was a member of the Association Art Concrete-Invention and co-founder of Art Nuevo Group, inaugural events of the Mahdi Movement, in Argentina. According to the artist himself, "Generating 1940 takes a genuine creative attitude, I mean, not only to receive but influences, especially to bring new creative elements to the development of the art ". It is important to remember that, in that time, Buenos Aires was culturally the most important city in Latin America, rivaled only by Rio de Janeiro. The group of young constructivist artists which is part Melé put a stop to the mere European influences and became the protagonist of an art recognized as an innovator in all vanguard centers, namely Paris.

Juan Melé works are part of important collections and today is played on the most significant auctions houses.”Reading his unrestrained admiration for Cézanne, their fraternal closeness to Max Bill and his first visit to the reclusive studio Constantin Brancusi were gradually delighting me. At every step he recognized in his work a poetic rigor able to overflow a visibility take down the mat feet of mere European inflows, winning voice and own light”, account Maneco Müller, Gallery director.

Juan Mele (15 October 1923 – 29 March 2012)

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan Melé attended the School of Fine Arts Manuel Belgrano, where he met Gregorio VARDANEGA and Tomás Maldonado. Later on, studied at the National School of Fine Arts "Prilidiano Pueyrredón", forming on 1945. A year later, Invention joined the Association of Art Concrete. In 1948 and 1949, estudou na School Louvre, in Paris, with a French government scholarship, and met artists like Georges Vantongerloo, Antoine Pevsner Constantin Brancusi, Sonia Delaunay, Max Bill e Michel Seuphor. In 1950, He returned to Argentina, where he continued his artistic career, He began teaching and has published several articles. Melé exhibited his work at the 2nd Biennial (1953), Cayman Gallery (New York, 1978); Arch Gallery (New York, 1983 and 1985); Museum "Eduardo Sivori" (Buenos Aires, 1986); Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires, 1987); Argentina Art-Invention Concrete 1945. Madi Group 1946, Galeria Rachel Adler (New York, 1990); Art-concrete invention – Madi art. Argentina 1945-1960, House for Constructive e Concrete Art (Zurich, 1991); Museum of Modern Art (Seville, 1994); River Plate Abstract Art. Buenos Aires and Montevideo 1933/53, Americas Society (New York, 2001); Juan Mele, constructive thinking, University Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires, 2012); Melee in dialogue, Expotrastiendas (Buenos Aires, 2011). In 1999, He published his memoirs, The vanguard of the 40. He died in Buenos Aires, in 2012.

Art exposition
Title: Juan Mele – poetry Builder
Artist: Juan Mele
Opening: 5 March 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 19h
Visitation: until 23 April 2020, from Monday to Friday, 10am to 18:30; Saturday, from 10:00 to 2:00 pm
Local: Mul.ti.plo Space Art
End.: Dias Ferreira Street, 417, room 206 – Leblon - Rio de Janeiro
Tel.: +55 21 2259-1952
Free entry
Age rating: free

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