José Leonilson created his personal and poetic vision in times of political and social change in his native Brazil. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Leonilson’s work in Europe and presents a selection of 250 works, from the artist’s early paintings to the introspective embroidery from the last years of his life.
In the mid-1980s, Leonilson (1957–1993) was one of the leading artists within Geração 80 (“80s generation), rediscovering a “joy of painting” in the years following the end of Brazil’s military dictatorship. When Leonilson was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991 his works, which resembled a diary, revealed his deteriorating health and a preoccupation with death.
The exhibition is produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Malmö Konsthall and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves.
Read more about the exhibition on Malmö konsthall’s website: Malmö konsthall: José Leonilson
Published 26 March 2021 · Updated 30 March 2021