In a way, it all begins with the outcome of World War II, and the division of the world in two halves that no longer make sense these days, but that left behind some echoes that can still be heard. Exploring the Ludwig collection is taking a dive into those echoes through the eyes of the artists of the time, which are still huge and trendy nowadays. World War II left a fractured world behind in it’s wake. And from such fissures and fractures sprang countless ways to look into other cultures and habits. Art mutated along with the world, and artists took upon themselves the delicious task of providing us with fascinating lenses through which we can look into ourselves and those around us.
This critical look is a trademark of post WW II art, and it is present throughout the pieces of the Ludwig collection that was brought from the St. Petersburg museum to be exhibited here in Rio at CCBB (Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil). The exhibition, named “Visões” (Visions) encompasses German Expressionism, Photorrealism, American Pop Art and is as diverse as the ways and means by which artists expressed their views on the western way of life, and on how we deal with changes and things we cannot change.
The collection targets not only politics and war, but also culture, fashion and science, and juxtaposes mankind’s outwards explorations like the Space Race with how little time we spend trying to know our own essence. But although the themes are heavy, the exhibition is composed of colorful and messy contemporary art, which gives is a funny and light air. My cousin and I spent hours there, and it felt like a few minutes!
Now I can’t wait for the next exhibition that will debut at CCBB Rj. It’s about my favorite artist, portrayed here at the collage on the left: Dalí! I’ll blog about it as soon as it opens! The windows at CCBB are already decorated for it!
In the meantime, if you’re not in Rio, and would like to see the exhibition, there’s a 3D gallery here:
Now, if you’re wondering where the dolls are in all this, I’ll do a photo shoot inspired by the exhibition very soon! I’ve got a lot of ideas on my mind, but not enough time right now to get them all done… *sigh*
And that’s it for now” I’ll leave you with a snapshot of my favorite painting in the whole collection: Picasso’s “Big Heads”!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!