Tunga: Magnetic Conjunctions celebrates the artistic production of Tunga (1952-2016), owner of practice that moves freely through an array of disciplines, such as sculpture, drawing, performance, installation, poetry and video, transgressing borders not only in the scope of artistic expression but also in relation to other human practices, from science and alchemy to ancestral rites.
The exhibition, curated by Paulo Venancio Filho and organized by the Tunga Institute, proposes a retrospective that presents the extent of Tunga's work in line with his plastic practice and poetics.
An architecture and urbanism graduate from the 1970s, Tunga has dialogued with great names in contemporary art, such as Waltercio Caldas, Cildo Meireles, Sergio Camargo, and Lygia Clark.
Drawings, sculptures, objects, installations, videos and performances. The diversity of media reveals his multiple interests, which spanned different areas of knowledge, such as literature, psychoanalysis, chemistry, physics, mathematics, art, and philosophy. Plurality was also present in his use of materials. Remarkably, Tunga explored magnets, glass, felt, bronze, iron, rubber, teeth, and bones. His work gained symbolism and presence, bringing him closer to the artistic production in evidence on the international scene.
He took part in the Venice Biennale and in Kassel’s Documenta, was part of the São Paulo International Biennale four times, and was in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, at Jeu de Paume, in Paris, and at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. At the Inhotim Institute in Minas Gerais, two spaces highlight the artist's work, the True Rouge Gallery (2002) and the Psychoactive Gallery (2012). Tunga was the first contemporary artist and the first Brazilian to exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris, in 2005.
Part of this extensive production is in Tunga: magnetic conjunctions, which brings together approximately 300 works. In addition to the Itaú Cultural (IC), the exhibition extends to the Tomie Ohtake Institute, which receives the sculpture Gravitação Magnética (1987) - whose sketches occupy the space of both cultural spaces - and the film-installation Ão (1981).
To complement the exhibition and to invite a deeper dive into Tunga's history, during the exhibition, videos will be published on IC's YouTube, gathering testimonials from Paulo Venancio Filho (exhibition curator), Fernando Santana (Tunga's assistant), Paulo Sérgio Duarte (curator and art critic), Waltercio Caldas (artist), Gonçalo Mello Mourão (Tunga's brother) and Lia Rodrigues (dancer and choreographer) that deal with themes such as who was Tunga, the energy of the conjunction, his inspirations, his creative process, and the variety of supports and materials in his work.