The exhibition encourages dialogue between Clarice Lispector and visual artists

The Instituto Moreira Salles de Rio de Janeiro (IMS Rio) opened today (21) the Constelacão Clares Gallery, which promotes the dialogue between the literary production of Clarisse Lispector and the work of 26 visual artists who worked between the 1940s and the 1970s and were contemporaries of the writer. .

Clarice was born in Ukraine in 1920, and lived in Brazil until her death in 1977. With free admission, the show actually passed through IMS in São Paulo and is moderated by poet Yukana Ferraz, literature consultant at IMS, and writer and art critic Veronica Steiger. IMS Rio is located at Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476, Jávea, Southern District.

The exhibition features around 300 items, including manuscripts, photographs, letters, records, and press materials, among other documents from the author’s personal collection. Altogether, there are works by Maria Martins, Mira Schindel, Faiga Osterroyer, Ligia Clark, Leticia Parenti, Djanera and Celida Tosts, among others. The public will be able to view 18 paintings by the same writer, produced between 1975 and 1976, without any professional pretensions. In the graphs, it is possible to identify frequencies, such as gestationalgia and a tendency to roundness, a characteristic defined as belonging to the female gender.

Eucanaã Ferraz explained that this is not a biography of Clarisse, but rather runs through the writer’s work and themes of her books, focusing on her history, although she did not consider herself a historian.

An essential name in Brazilian literature, the author had a keen interest in the visual arts, expressed in her penetration into painting, in the 1970s, and in the presence of the artist’s characters in her books.

Given this proximity, the curators sought to identify connections that could be made between Clarice’s textual production and the work of women who marked Brazilian art history in the same period to reveal how their styles of creativity are related.


With this goal in mind, the curators have embraced the concept of the constellation found in the title and in the explanation of the show. The works are presented in 11 cores, blending different mediums, such as sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video. The artists’ works are always in dialogue with excerpts from Clarisse texts, forming a web of new meanings, as curators Ferraz and Steiger point out: “Through the approximation offered by Clarisse, they are a renewed and more complex understanding of that moment in the life of Brazilian art. On the other hand, from This constellation between plastic work and writing, Clarisse literature also appears under a new perspective,” they explain.

The exhibition will run until October 9. No prior appointment required. Visits can be made from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00 to 18:00. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (except Mondays), business hours are 10am-6pm. It is recommended to wear a mask inside the cultural center.

The Clarice Lispector Collection has been under the tutelage of IMS since 2004, and consists of a library with about a thousand items, including books and periodicals, and an archive of documents, including manuscripts with unfinished editions of the novels. star clock And breath of lifeCorrespondence, photos and notebook, among other things. Also part of the IMS collection are several titles written by the author, translated into more than ten languages.


Featured is the “Everything in the World Started with Yes” section, using a phrase from the novel star clock (1977) and approaches the theme of origin that is repeated in the author’s works, translated with images such as the egg and the cave. In this core are the works of Maria Polo, Anna Maria Maiolino, Celida Tostis and Wija Neri, for example.

essence alreadyI didn’t fit‘Investigates the setting of the home. The curators recall that in many of Clarice’s novels, the banality of the local environment is interrupted by moments of alienation and bewilderment.

“This questioning of the space of the home, the navigating between safety and suffocation, also appears in works such as matchboxLygia Clark in the video shut me downby Letícia Parente, or even in the color paintings by Wanda Pimentel and Eleonore Koch, which show a strangely empty house, sometimes seen through the cracks.”

In another section entitledWorship what is there‘, highlighting nature, especially the animals and plants found in the author’s work. Chickens, dogs, crickets, trees and flowers appear frequently in Clarisse texts. The shapes and mysteries of living things are still being investigated in the sculptures wild jaguar imprintby Amelia Toledo and flowers and stemsby Wilma Martins, among others.


Another key feature of Clarisse production is its ambiguity. His texts refer to elements of Jewish and Christian cultures as well as to astrology and the practice of divination. In this kernel, titled “Life is supernatural‘,” the bronze sculpture Anunciação by Maria Martins, and an audio recording by writer Hilda Helst feature as she, in her Casa do Sul residence, attempts to establish a connection with Clarice’s spirit.

The last section deals with the topic of what is not finished. The curators note that, in Clarisse’s production, “Questions about the beginning of life and the world and writing are confused and perpetual doubt as to the moment when things end: the conclusion of texts or the end of life itself.” Included in this core are works such as the woodcut Riturno, by Wilma Martins, and records of the work of Kamenhando Ligia Clark.

The exhibition also features a documentary core that combines elements that belong to the writer, such as letters, typewriters, and photographs from family albums. Feature plates in her collection, including the author’s famous portrait signed by artist Giorgio de Chirico, the first editions of her books, as well as Clarice’s interview on TV Cultura, months before her death, in 1977 Most of the items on display come from the archives of IMS and Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa, as well as from the personal collection of his son Paulo Jorgeel Valente.

A catalog with critical texts of specialists in Clarisse’s work will be on display, such as Alexandre Nodari, Carlos Mendes de Souza, Evandro Nascimento, Joao Camilo Pena, José Miguel Wisnik, Nadia Batilla Gottlieb, Paulo Jurgel Valente, Judette Rosenbaum and Vilma Arias. . In the IMS store and in the online store. In 2020, IMS launched a bilingual website about the writer.

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