In early September the show “Queermuseu-Cartografias da Diferença na Arte da Brasileira” (Queer Museum-Cartographies of Difference in the art of Brazil), curated by Gaudêncio Fidelis at the bank-funded private institution, Santander Cultural Porto Alegre, was cancelled in Brazil in response to a social media campaign by conservative groups that accused the show and the bank sponsoring it of promoting blasphemy, pedophilia and bestiality.
After this chapter, a sort of movement started between museums and cultural scene in Brazil against the repression and censorship under hashtag #TodosPelaArte and #CensuraNuncaMais.
Within this context is that tomorrow October 20, will open the exhibition “Histories of Sexuality” at Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand.
The exhibition presents an encompassing and diverse approach of these productions. Our aim is to stimulate a debate – urgent nowadays – by crossing different temporalities, geographies, and media. Recent episodes in Brazil and the world have brought forth issues related to sexuality and the limits between individual rights and freedom of speech, through public clashes, protests, and violent manifestations on social media. The MASP, a diverse, inclusive, and plural museum, bears as its mission to establish, in a critical and creative way, dialogues between the past and the present, cultures and territories, through the visual arts. This is the meaning of the program of exhibitions, seminars, courses, workshops, and publications surrounding several histories – those of childhood, of sexuality, of madness, of women, of the Afro-Atlantic, as well as the feminist ones, among many others.
Conceived in 2015, this exhibition is the offspring of a long and intense work, being preceded by two international seminars held in September 2016 and May 2017. It is part of the MASP’s full year dedicated to the histories of sexuality, which in 2017 included the solo exhibitions of Teresinha Soares, Wanda Pimentel, Miguel Rio Branco, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Tracey Moffatt, Pedro Correia de Araújo, Guerrilla Girls, and Tunga. There are more than 300 works by 126 artists gathered around nine thematic, non-chronological themes – Naked bodies, Totemisms, Religiosities, Gender performativities, Sexual games, Sexual markets, Languages, and Voyeurisms on the first-floor gallery, and Activisms and politics of the body on the first basement floor. The display also includes a video room in the third basement floor, as part of the voyeurisms branch.
“Histories of Sexuality” includes works by Carlos Leppe, Carlos Martiel, Collier Schorr, Cibelle Cavali Bastos, Egon Sciele, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ernesto Neto, Francis Bacon, Juan Dávila, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pedro Lemebel & Las Yeguas del Apocalipsis, Marta Minujín, Nancy Spero and Tracy Emin among many others.
October 20, 2017 – February 14, 2018
Avenida Paulista, 1578 CEP 01310-200 Bela Vista – São Paulo – SP