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Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Lygia Clark. Painting as an Experimental Field, 1948-1958 – June 27 – September 28, 2020

Curated by Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Lygia Clark (1920–1988) was a major figure in the Brazilian avant-garde. Her innovative and groundbreaking work spans over three decades and encompasses painting, sculpture, works on paper, film, participatory interactions, and therapeutic art. This exhibition will present a focused re-examination of Clark’s crucial formative years, from 1948 to 1958, when she was experimenting between figuration and abstraction to articulate the compelling visual language that would define her mature production. Along with a pertinent representation of her early figurative work in rarely shown drawings, this exhibition will assemble paintings from other major series created during this period in order to provide a fundamental overview of the first decade of Clark’s career. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will host the exhibition after its initial presentation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Cover Photo: Lygia Clark,  El violonchelista (O Violoncelista), 1951 – Colección particular © Courtesy of “The World of Lygia Clark” Cultural Association