Contemporary Art

Coordinated by Prof. Dr. Carlos Zilio, the research being developed at the moment is linked to an investigation into the proven tension throughout the 20th century caused by a strong tendency to regard painting as a dead medium. The analysis of this issue necessarily takes into account the relationship between the medium’s formulation and tradition, rupture and history. In this way, the research has been examining various trends which, throughout the last century advocated the end of painting, whether they belonged to the field of painting itself (Mondrian, Rodchenko, Malevich) or whether they were iconoclasts (Duchamp, Dadaists). The analysis is currently focused on the mid-twentieth century, again covering the contradiction between the so-called iconoclasts and the formalists, even on the understanding that these denominations are limited by putting Manzoni in opposition to Pollock. At another time we will analyse the relationship between the currents dominated by Krauss and Bois of Forms and Formless. This research has a theoretical aspect and develops parallel practical experiences creating work that involves the Abstract Language and Contemporary object. The group discusses the regime of artistic practice in the contemporary scene and analyses the theoretical discourses throughout modernity and postmodernity, elaborating models which go beyond unidirectional and stereotypical interpretations of the period. The group has disseminated its results in different ways – artistic production itself, publication and by editing articles, books, catalogs, events (exhibitions, seminars, lectures, conferences) in the national and international context, as exemplified by its participation in the “Transnational Correspondence” symposium (London, Tate Modern, 2007) and recently in the international seminar “Art in indigent times” (Vale Museum, ES, 2008) and the scientific body of the seminar “Corpocidade” held by UFBA university (Salvador, BA, 2008).