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Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
5 July - 28 September 2014
Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
This exhibition explores the art produced during a fifty-year period in distinct areas of South America. In Montevideo, Uruguay, Joaquín Torres-García founded the School of the South in the 1930s, through which he planned a new Pan-American art that drew on indigenous American influences. Across the Rio de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a group of artists including Gyula Kosice created Arte Madí that challenged the conventions of traditional painting in the 1940s. Further north, from the 1950s artists in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark likewise challenged the notions of art by removing it from the walls of galleries and placing it in the hands of the viewer. Finally in Caracas, Venezuela from the 1970s, artists like Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez worked with optical illusion to create sculpture and paintings that interacted with the viewer and responded to the light of the tropics. All three regions created new and challenging geometric abstractions that captured the optimism that swept across these countries.
Dance: Brasil Brasileiro
8 - 27 July 2014
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R
The exuberance and energy of Brazil returns to Sadler's Wells this summer as 35 performers from Rio de Janeiro bring alive the spirit that makes Brazil so unique in the smash hit Brasil Brasileiro. Famed for its sizzling, feel-good dance heritage, this is a country where the musical culture of Africa and Europe merge with dance to create the infectious rhythms of samba. From its beginnings as a ritualistic love dance to the excitement of a modern day Rio street carnival, Brasil Brasileiro features an incredible live band, and shows samba in all its forms: from the lightning footwork of the forro to the agility of capoeira and the groovy moves of batucada, taking you on a dance journey across this magical country.
3 - 5 October 2014
Snape Maltings, Suffolk
A family festival with a Brazilian beat! The second FlipSide Festival will take place at Snape Maltings, Suffolk, over the first weekend of October 2014. Literature, art, music, food and drink, children's events, dance, cooking demonstrations, capoeira and football will all be celebrated.