The exhibition presents the process of creating the work Ship of Emigrants with reproductions of drawings, engravings, photographs and the work that is one of the greatest treasures of the collection of the Museum.
The biography of Lasar Segall (1891–1957) is marked by long sea voyages and changes in direction. At the age of fifteen, he left his hometown of Vilnius in Lithuania to pursue his artistic training in Germany. From his first voyage to Brazil in December 1912, he recorded the experiences he had of living aboard ships in small sketch books.
Segall, with his intimate vision gives life to each of these figures—whether alone, in pairs, or in groups—with great aesthetic care. That is why "Navio de Emigrantes" is a picture that deals with complexity, combining the revealing allegory of the message of the whole with the individualized perspectives of human beings, caught in the bow of the ship.
Segall stated that his picture was symbolic rather than documentary. It was, therefore, outside of time and space. Hence the allegorical significance of the two doves at the top left corner of the "Navio de Emigrantes" that simultaneously reveal and hide, evoking, but not asserting, the possibility of land and hope. For this reason these two doves are indicative of our own time, marked by so many migrations, by undocumented refugees facing the new Cape Chaunar of our borders.
Exposição Navio de Emigrantes
Museu Lasar Segall
Presidente da República: Michel Temer
Ministro da Cultura: Roberto Freire
Presidente do IBRAM: Marcelo Mattos Araújo
Diretoria do Museu Lasar Segall
Diretor Emérito: Mauricio Segall
Diretoria: Jorge Schwartz | Marcelo Monzani
Coordenação: Marcelo Monzani
Concepção: Pierina Camargo
Produção: Ademir Maschio
Estagiários: Gabriel Felix e Guilherme Dias
Textos de Celso Lafer (Um tema atual), Jorge Schwartz (1ª e 3ª classes), Lasar Segall (Os emigrantes) e Vera d'Horta (Navio de emigrantes, A obra, Lucy e o navio, Marinheiros e Paisagens)