Mabe works on archives and institutions, creating fiction works and enabling the debate by means of publications, speeches and installations. In the book, she tells us the story of T.S., a Swiss citizen who received a lot of exposure in the Brazilian artistic scene, but that was erased from the official history.

Mabe Bethônico [Belo Horizonte, 1966] lives and Works in Belo Horizonte. Represented by the galleries Celma Albuquerque, Marília Razuk. Recent solo shows: BR 122: notícias de viagens à caatinga, Mariliza Razuk [São Paulo, 2016]. Participated in Bienal de São Paulo [2006 e 2008].


“For the past sixty years, the history of the artistic relation between Zurich and São Paulo has been marked by the concrete art of Zurich (Konkrete Kunst), in particular by the work of Max Bill. But there is another story about this cultural exchange: that of a painter who sought the spherical infinite in monochromatic works. Although this artist was not successful in Zurich, where he made no effort to become part of any art scene and was ignored by the circuit of concrete art, in Brazil he held exhibitions in the most important museums: the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP, in 1959), the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP, in 1978), and the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ, in 1982). […] upon his return to Switzerland, he announced he would no longer paint, although he did participate in later exhibitions, with preexisting works. Brazil caused the end of T.S.’s artistic career, and after the traumatic experience at MAM-RJ, the artist never again returned to the country. […] Artists and artworks are ignored because some artists may prefer isolation, which allows them to dedicate themselves to their work in detriment to the sociability required by cultural practice, or because institution representatives are taken to forget. On the other hand, equally incidental circumstances can lead works and artists to outstanding visibility and permanence.”


Mabe Bethônico


ISBN 9788567769127
128 pages
15,5 x 23 cm
500 numbered copies
R$ 60,00
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