Interview with Beatriz Milhazes / Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

From January 29 to April 25, 2011, the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel (Switzerland) will present a solo show with works by Beatriz Milhazes. The exhibition will comprise four monumental paintings, a selection of her major collages, and a mobile.

As a teaser for the upcoming exhibition project, the Fondation Beyeler presented a floor work at Art Basel Miami Beach that covers the whole floor of the booth and for the first time features Beatriz Milhazes cermic tiles.

VernissageTV met with Beatriz Milhazes in Miami to chat about her upcoming show. In this conversation with Sabine Trieloff, the Brazilian artist talks about her project for Art Basel Miami Beach und the upcoming show at the Fondation Beyeler.

Interview with Beatriz Milhazes / Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. December 1, 2010.

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More info (from the press release):

Beatriz Milhazes is one of the most respected Brazilian artists on the contemporary art scene. The underlying motifs of her work draw on the rich, tropical landscape and the history and culture of her native country, resulting in vibrantly colored paintings. The artist’s formal references, however, play an equally significant role, especially those to early 20th century European modernism. While painting forms the center of gravity of her activity, Milhazes also devotes herself to collages and prints.
 
From January 29 to April 25, 2011, the Fondation Beyeler will present an exhibition project by Beatriz Milhazes, comprising four monumental paintings, a selection of her major collages, and a mobile.
 
The paintings, executed specially for the show, are devoted to the four seasons. Milhazes’s unique painting technique is based on decalcomania. Due to the re-employment of the foils she uses to apply paint to canvas, each painting, like a palimpsest, bears traces of earlier works. Arabesques, floral ornaments, geometric shapes, rhythmical patterns in brilliant colors suffuse her compositions. In her collages, she obtains analogous effects by means of candy wrappers, monochrome colored papers, and patterned, glossy or fluorescent paper. The materials used in the mobile, too, comprise simple decorative elements of the kind that adorn floats in Carnival parades.