Another Brick In The Wall: The Ludwig Collection Exhibition at CCBB – RJ

From Left to Right: Warhol and Basquiat Untitled Oil on Canvas, John Matos "Tank n.1" Spray Paint and Acrylic on Canvas, and Viktor Pivovarov "Long, Long Arm" Enamel on Fiberboard.

From Left to Right: Warhol and Basquiat Untitled Oil on Canvas, John Matos “Tank n.1” Spray Paint and Acrylic on Canvas, and Viktor Pivovarov “Long, Long Arm” Enamel on Fiberboard.

 

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.

 

Meeting Of Two Sculptures - Bronze Statues by Leonid Sokov

Meeting Of Two Sculptures – Bronze Statues by Leonid Sokov

 

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.

 

Universal Self-Portrait by Pat York. A/W Photograph

Universal Self-Portrait by Pat York. A/W Photograph

 

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!

The beauty of old age and an active life: Dalí and his wife Gala, portrayed by Sighard Glle. And the ephemeral beauty of nowadays: Claudia Schiffer sets the bar high as Cleopatra. Photographed by Gunter Sachs.

The beauty of old age and an active life: Dalí and his wife Gala, portrayed by Sighard Glle. And the ephemeral beauty of nowadays: Claudia Schiffer sets the bar high for us modern women as Cleopatra. Photographed by Gunter Sachs.

 

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:

Books and clothes become accessories of the same nature: Left: "Wardrobe VI" - Paper collage by Pavlos Dionyssopoulos. Right: My beautiful cousin Ingrid tries to get Dürer out of "Art Books" Wood and Canvas installation by Anne Bering.

Books and clothes become accessories of the same nature: Left: “Wardrobe VI” – Paper collage by Pavlos Dionyssopoulos. Right: My beautiful cousin Ingrid tries to get Dürer out of “Art Books” Wood and Canvas installation by Anne Bering.

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*

Left: The Canvasses of "Man In Space" by Jonathan Borofsky play with the Space Race and how we perceive our own kind. Right: My cousin proves the construction of the Wall Of Berlin wrong. Installation "The Wall", by Pistoletto.

Left: The Canvasses of “Man In Space” by Jonathan Borofsky play with the Space Race and how we perceive our own kind. Right: My cousin proves the construction of the Wall Of Berlin wrong. Installation “The Wall”, by Pistoletto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”!

 

"Big Heads". Oil on canvas by Pablo Picasso

“Big Heads”. Oil on canvas by Pablo Picasso

 

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

 

Hugs,

 

That's me!

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