Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s in Spitalfields

In the 1950s–1970s, Brazilian art flourished with a rich variety of styles following the initial modernist movement. The exhibition "Some May Work as Symbols: Art Made in Brazil, 1950s–70s" at Raven Row in Spitalfields showcases a blend of abstraction, symbolism, and figuration from that era. 

Featuring the celebrated abstract works of concretists and neo-concretists from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, alongside Afro-Brazilian symbolism influenced by spiritual practices, the exhibition highlights artists like Judith Lauand, Lygia Clark, and Rubem Valentim, as well as more traditional Brazilian art genres depicted by Silvia de Leon Chalreo and Heitor dos Prazeres. 

A collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM Rio), the exhibition includes works from four major Brazilian museums and private collections, many being shown in the UK for the first time. Curated by Pablo Lafuente and Thiago de Paula Souza, it aims to address overlooked aspects of Brazilian art history.

"Some May Work as Symbols: Art Made in Brazil, 1950s–70s" is on at Raven Row from 7 March to 5 May and has received great reviews. Find out more here.