Adir Sodré wins exhibition at Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro | Mato Grosso


The plastic artist from Mato Grosso, Adir Sodré (1962-2020) is provoking the public to think about themes present in society, with the exhibition “Podre de Chique”, at Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro – which should continue until October.

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“The topics he dealt with for more than three decades remain extremely current and are in the headlines: environmental defense, criticism of the Public Power, the still elitist profile of the art system and issues related to sexuality. Adir treats all of this with great elegance and force”, says the creator of the exhibition, Margareth Telles.

The curatorship was made by Guilherme Altmayer and Leno Veras, who made the works available with five proposals: Cuyaverá (Cuiabá), Slap on the pale face (horrors of whiteness), Said and cursed (filthy arts), Pop does not spare anyone (culture of pasta) and Manifestos paus, Brazil! (aesthetic-erotic fables).

“The different themes he addressed end up being more relevant than the chronology of his journey,” Altmayer said of Sodré’s work.

Adir Sodré died at age 58 in Cuiabá — Photo: Rai Reis

Adir Sodré de Souza was born in 1962, in Rondonópolis, where he lived most of his history. He painted for over 40 years and addressed social issues, defending regional culture, the environment and indigenous peoples. He died in 2020 at the age of 58.

Inspired by painters such as Pablo Picasso and Tarsila do Amaral, Sodré took advantage of his creativity and freedom to produce eccentric and inspiring works. He is among the 100 greatest artists of the Century.

Sodré can present his art to the whole world and has already exhibited in Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. His works also remain in the collections of national and international museums.

The exhibition can be visited until October 23, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 6 pm. The Paço Imperial is located at Praça XV de Novembro, 48 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro. Entrance is free.

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