Program of Texts

The cmb Program of Texts is an initiative that offers the materials available in the archive to encourage authors and artists to unwind critical, analytical, propositive and/or poetic threads starting from key moments of the modern and contemporary artistic production.

Pedrosa's proposal for the 6th Biennial sought to remove the works of contemporary artists from the specialized isolation of modern art museums, then in vogue. By ending specialization, he contradicted the traditional historiography of art, which imposed on certain works and objects the label of “predecessors”: Aboriginal, Hindu, Baroque and the European 1800s, and Latin American art seem to ricochet in the photos of the construction of Brasília, in Alicia Penalba's bronzes, in Lygia Clark's Critter.

It is necessary to understand more than the elementary set that makes the Farnsworth House an aesthetic sign. It is necessary to enter the historical context of the language that encompasses this specific sign, because every language is consigned to a certain time and space. It is necessary to identify the discourse ascribed to the house and to the characters who occupied it in the different situations. Who was Mies van der Rohe when he was hired by Edith, and what were the enunciations concerning him? Who was Edith Farnsworth, the contractor, and how was she represented by history (from 1940 to 2020)? When was the house designed and where? What are the constructive elements proposed by Mies? What was Edith's reaction after the house was finished and what did that entail? And, finally, what happened to the house over time (from 1951 to 2020)? Finally, with these data, we can confront the discourses.