Radar – Pq

Lygia Clark, Radar – Pq, 1960/1984 © Lygia Clark

On concrete art as learning and psychiatry

Lecture with Oscar Svanelid

27.3 2018


Welcome to a presentation that highlights the Brazilian artists Lygia Pape and Lygia Clark who began using concrete art as an educational toolkit and method for psychiatric therapy in the 1960s and 1970s.

Strong links between art and life

Concrete artists strove to move away from museums and galleries and to merge art and life in the streets, the factories and the domestic sphere. Concrete art was used as an educational toolkit and method for psychiatric therapy.

Art films shown during the lecture

During the lecture, clips from Pape’s art films produced in dialogue with Brazilian Cinema Novo will be shown along with a presentation of Clark’s therapy method, based on journals. Oscar Svanelid will also share his personal experiences from having undergone this treatment with the psychiatrist Gina Ferreira in Rio de Janeiro.

Oscar Svanelid researches Brazilian constructivist art

Oscar Svanelid is a PhD student in art history at Södertörn University, Stockholm. His thesis explores reinterpretations of the relationship between art and life in Brazilian constructivist art, focusing on issues of ethics and poetics. Svanelid has previously presented his research at international academic conferences, in anthologies and in essays on art.

See the exhibition Concrete Matters, with works by Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape

Works by Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape can be seen in the group exhibition Concrete Matters, which highlights Latin American concrete and neoconcrete art from the mid-20th century.

Read about the exhibition: Concrete Matters