Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Lygia Pape, the celebrated Brazilian artist central to the Neo-Concrete movement who pioneered a unique approach to abstraction. The show will focus on Pape’s early Desenhos, Tecelares and later, iconic Ttéia installations and marks the gallery’s first presentation of the artist since beginning work with Projeto Lygia Pape earlier this year.
Initially inspired by the formal geometric abstraction of Concrete art, which emerged in Brazil in the early 1950s, Pape started out by making geometric constructions. She later tired of the severity of this prescriptive art form and moved beyond its constraints, becoming a founding member of the Neo-Concrete movement dedicated to the inclusion of art into everyday life. Pape broke away from preconceived artistic categories, and from the 1960s onward sought to inject new expressive formulae into abstract art. The works in the exhibition span over 30 years, mapping the way in which Pape developed Concrete art’s geometric shapes into three-dimensional objects designed to transfigure in the presence of the viewer and be experienced sensorially.