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The second part of a two-part essay published in the Bellas Artes newspaper, this text consists of a lecture given by artist Flávio de Carvalho at the Congrès International d’Esthétique in Paris, and later (in 1937), at the Salão de Maio in São Paulo. The text examines the revolutionary process that modern art ushered in through trends such as Impressionism, and later, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism. The author argues that the later extensions of modernism led to a purification that took the form of abstract art, in which psychological complexes and neuroses were eventually identified and worked through. 

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O jornal "Bellas Artes" publica a conferência apresentada pelo artista Flávio de Carvalho no Congresso Internacional de Estética, em Paris, e no Salão de Maio de 1937, em São Paulo.Trata-se de um estudo do processo revolucionário aberto pela arte moderna a partir do Impressionismo, cujas etapas ulteriores (Expressionismo, Cubismo, Dadaísmo, Surrealismo) conduzem à purificação derradeira via arte abstrata, na qual os complexos e neuroses da humanidade conseguirão ser equacionadas e curadas.

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The experimental concerns of Flávio de Carvalho (1899–1973) were so profound that they were felt on the institutional level. Along with painters Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Carlos Prado, and Antonio Gomide, he founded the Club de los Artistas Modernos (CAM) in São Paulo. The initial aim of the group was to support activities that formulated a “collective model of public action” (see his text “Recordação do Clube dos Artistas Modernos” [doc. no. 781340]). Though the CAM sponsored lectures by unconventional critics such as Mário Pedrosa and Caio Prado, and by David Alfaro Siqueiros, whom de Carvalho called the “muralist orator” (see “Um authentico revolucionario da pintura” [doc. no. 777225]), the organization did not satisfy de Carvalho. He radicalized his approach to urbanism with an “experimental laboratory” in CAM’s offices, where the idea of transformation was made feasible for citizens by means of theater (see “A epopéia do teatro da experiencia e o bailado do deus morto” [doc. no. 780339]). 

 

This text on the psychological and morbid aspects of modern art is akin to the scandalous lecture de Carvalho gave at the IV Congresso Panamericano de Arquitetos held in Rio de Janeiro in 1930 (see “Uma tese curiosa: a cidade do homem nu” [doc. no. 783858]). The text “A única arte que presta é a arte anormal” [doc. no. 1084943], also by de Carvalho, complements this document insofar as it addresses the possibility of the “mental renovation” of citizens by means of urbanism. On a number of occasions, De Carvalho cites Oswald de Andrade’s “Manifesto antropófago” [doc. no. 771303], a 1928 text crucial to a number of writers from the time. The manifesto was fundamental to de Carvalho’s formulation of the “nude man.”

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Pintor, desenhista, arquiteto, cenógrafo, decorador, escritor, teatrólogo, engenheiro, Flávio de Carvalho tem sua obra marcada pela veia iconoclasta e transgressora de tabus e convenções. Fundador do Clube de Arte Moderna (São Paulo), além de pioneiro na arquitetura moderna brasileira.

 

Ver também:

Lucio Costa. Arte Contemporânea, 1948
CARVALHO, Flávio de. Aspecto sicológico e mórbido da arte moderna [parte 2]. Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, n.26-27, p.1;4, ago. 1937.

 

h- A introdução da arte abstrata no Brasil

h- Teoria e crítica sobre abstracionismo

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Equipe Brasil: Guilherme Bueno
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FAPESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Fundação Biblioteca Nacional