TrAIN Open Lecture - Guy Brett and Chris Dercon – Remembering Hélio Oiticica’s 1992 Retrospective

Open Lecture



In 1992 a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Hélio Oiticica was organised collaboratively by a team of scholars, curators and artists in partnership with Projeto Hélio Oiticica, the Witte de With, centre for contemporary art in Rotterdam and Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris. The exhibition would travel for the following two years around major institutions in Europe and the United States and can be said to have significantly contributed towards the posthumous international recognition that the artist now holds.

Chris Dercon, director of Witte de With at the time and current Director of Tate Modern together with Guy Brett, independent scholar, curator and organiser of Oiticica’s Whitechapel ‘Experience’ in 1969, will discuss their personal involvement in the curation of Oiticica’s 1992 retrospective and reflect how, over the last 20 years, international perceptions on the artist have developed.

The event will be chaired by Michael Asbury who has written extensively on Oiticica and Brazilian modern and contemporary art and whose PhD (UAL 2003) is entitled Hélio Oiticica: politics and ambivalence in Brazilian modern art.

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator,
Nick Tatchell:

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    Dr Michael Asbury

    TrAIN Member

    I was born in Teresópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, the son of British missionaries. After twenty years in Brazil I came to England to study engineering but fortunately to myself (and others) changed course and went on to complete an MA in The Study of Contemporary Art at Liverpool University and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art at The London Institute (now UAL).
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  • Guy Brett

    Visiting Fellow - Camberwell College of Arts

    Guy Brett has written extensively for the art press since the 1960s and has organised a number of international exhibitions, among them ‘Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic’, MACBA, Barcelona and Hayward Gallery, London 2000; ‘Li Yuan-Chia: Tell Me What is Not Yet Said’, Camden Arts Centre and touring 2001; and ‘Boris Gerrets: Mindfields’, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2002. His books include Through Our Own Eyes: Popular Art and Modern History 1986; Transcontinental: Nine Latin American Artists 1990; Exploding Galaxies: The Art of David Medalla 1995; Carnival of Perception 2004 and Brasil Experimental: Arte/Vida Proposicoes e Paradoxos 2005.
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