…..an "old fashioned" exhibition.

Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo – BUT / SP, institution of Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, open to exhibition The Boy was Born – Natividade em Papel Machê”, of the artist Madalena Marques, under the curatorship of Jeison Lopes Pereira and John Paul Berto. The thirteen sets of nativity sets in papier-mâché will be on display in the exhibition space of the MAS/Metro Room - Tiradentes Station and is one of the highlights of the institution's Christmas period commemorative exhibitions.

The exhibition confirms the passion and dedication of Madalena Marques to the technique he chose to dedicate himself to and which he applies with mastery. The sets of characters developed take us on a tour through different moments in the History of Art, using the Nativity scene as the central theme. From paintings by different authors, both national and international, the artist extracted the main scene and created three-dimensional reproductions, trustworthy, in papier-mâché. The public will be able to see both the origin of twelve sets through a photographic reproduction of the original work and the artistic 'reading' of Madalena Marques of the same pieces. restless and creative, the artist presents us with an additional original set, of his own, where you insert the Nativity scene nowadays, with the scenario that is present around the world of risks and restrictions; without ever losing hope for tomorrow.

Madalena Marques inserts and updates the discourse in light of contemporary Brazilian problems. With this, she does herself, also, part of the history of art and culture that inspires her so much and in which she seeks her references", define the curators Jeison Lopes Pereira and John Paul Berto.

the papier mache, technique chosen by the artist, is a capricious material that brings challenges and demands a lot of patience.: it is necessary to study the drying times; add little by little the various layers of dough until the work starts to take the desired shape; assemble the structure of bodies between skeletons and fillers; build each hand and foot in a unique position; trim the pieces; prepare temperings by hand for polychromy; making clothes in an amalgamation of techniques such as painting, embroidery, crochet and knit; and, finally, produce hair in wool or thread for each of the characters represented. Proportionate to challenges, however, are the paths and possibilities offered by the versatility of papier-mâché. The intrinsic multi-materiality of this support and the feasibility of exploring the different areas of artistic knowledge are enchanting and surprise the artist in each work..

Paintings from representative countries in world history such as Germany, Belgium, France, England, Italy, signed by masters like Conrad Von Soest, Carl Spitzweg, Peter Paul Rubens, Petrus Christus, Paul Gauguin, Arthur Hughes, Lorenzo Lotto, Frederico Fiori Barocci, Lorenzo Costa, Sandro Botticelli, Giorgio de Chirico used the Nativity as the main scene and, with José Teófilo de Jesus, Brazil, "give" their two-dimensional creations to the art of Madalena Marques.

“By choosing to work with cribs in an unusual pandemic year, I was able to experience the essential values ​​of life: of the family, of the love that is reborn every day, of fraternal union and the role of spirituality in harmonizing human issues. Be inspired by the works of the great masters or my own version of the Jesus Christ birth scene, these were the aspects that I tried to bring into each sculptural group. Sure it's in the fraternity, in selflessness and humility that we will build a better society, fairer and more equal.” Madalena Marques

Exhibition: The Boy was Born – Natividade em Papel Machê
Artist: Madalena Marques
Curated By: Jeison Lopes Pereira and John Paul Berto
Opening: 27 th November of 2021 – at 11 am
Duration: from 28 th November of 2021 to 9 January 2022
Local: MAS/Subway Room – Tiradentes Station
Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo || MAS / SP
Address: Avenida Tiradentes, 676 -Light, São Paulo (Tiradentes station of subway)
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· Museum of sacred art: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 às 17h
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Museum of sacred art: R$ 6,00 (One piece) | R$ 3,00 (half national entry for students, private school teachers and I.D. Young – upon proof) | Free Saturdays | exemptions: children up to 7 years, adults from 60, public school teachers, disabled people, ICOM members, police and military – upon proof
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Number of works: 13 sets
Techniques: paper mache sculptures
Dimensions: varied
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The artist – Madalena Marques (Uberlândia, MG – 1963)

Your production in paper mache is vast, but it is in portraiture that it acquires great wealth and a highly innovative plastic result, the result of a course of study and experimentation. Single family, early he used creativity to invent their own puppets. With mother, He learned not only the techniques of embroidery, but to observe nature, your details and your wealth. He studied Fine Arts and worked as inker on a television station. In 1994, He moved to São Paulo, where married and their continued formation. your work with paper mache started still at 19 years; It resumed during childhood of his daughter and, finally, It gave rise to its miniature design national artists. Inspired by sacred works from the sixteenth to the eighteenth of imaginary light, united in their great detail sculptures, joining techniques and diverse materials, representing lightly the intense expressions of the human figure.

The museum

A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo, institution of the Department of Culture and Economy of the State of São Paulo Creative, It is one of the most important of its kind in the country. It is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Mitra Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in 28 October 1969, and its installation date 29 June 1970. Since then, the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo He came to occupy wing of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Light, on Avenida Tiradentes, downtown São Paulo. The building is one of the most important monuments of colonial architecture São Paulo, built of rammed earth, rare remaining example in the city, last farm convent city. It was listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute National, in 1943, and the Council for the Defense of Heritage, Architectural artistic and the State of São Paulo, in 1979. It has much of its collection also listed by IPHAN, since 1969, whose priceless heritage includes relics of stories in Brazil and worldwide. A Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo holds a vast collection of works created between centuries 16 and 20, counting with rare specimens and significant. There are more than 10 thousand items in the collection. Has works of recognized names, as Frei Agostinho da Piedade, Frei Agostinho de Jesus, Antonio Francisco Lisboa, the "Aleijadinho" and Benedito Calixto de Jesus, Among many, anonymous or not. Noteworthy are also the collections of nativity scenes, silverware and jewelery, Lampadarios, furniture, altarpieces, altars, clothing, liturgical books and numismatic.


Chairman of the Board of Directors – José Roberto Marcellino dos Santos
CEO – José Carlos Marcal de Barros
Director of Planning and Management – Luiz Henrique Neves Marcon
Museóloga - Beatriz Cruz

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