Artist's Donation to the National Museum of Fine Arts

Renina Katz 
Renina Katz was born on December 30, 1925 in Niterói in the state of Rio de Janeiro but she has lived in São Paulo since 1951. Printmaker, painter, designer, illustrator, and teacher. In 1946 she studied woodblock printing with Axl Leskoschek. In 1950 she studied engraving with Carlos Oswald at the School of Arts and Crafts in Rio de Janeiro and painting with Henrique Cavalleiro and Quirino Campofiorito at the National School of Fine Arts. The following year she was awarded the Acquisition Prize and the National Travel Prize at the 57th National Fine Arts Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

Given her interest in Brazilian art history, especially Brazilian printmaking, Renina Katz meticulously selected all the works she donated to the National Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. The collection reveals her interest in recording her creative process, as her donation included drawings (or "little projects" as she sometimes called them) and early versions of some of her work.

In addition to her finished works, the exhibition allows us to trace the first ideas that the artist put onto paper and the various stages involved in creating a print. A significant part of her work, dating from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, is on display in this exhibition. The Museum, mindful of its founding principle and commitment to preserve, study, and promote the cultural heritage in its custody, is very grateful for this donation.

Prison Series

"O vermelho e o negro" (Red and Black) Series

"Territórios Imaginários" (Imaginary Lands) Album, 1983

""If the relationship between ink and paper, print and design here becomes land and wind,

light and cloud, it is no coincidence.".

"The obsession with which every detail of these imaginary lands has been created

endows her chosen technique with the finest visual momentum and vitality."".

- Maria Bonomi

Renina wanted to share some of the stages in her creative process with us and with future generations.

Renina Katz:

"[...] "[...] when I make a print in black and white, color is also implicit. After all, there is still light and shade. I simply join the edges but there are always degrees of light and shade..

If you apply a color, the effect still works. It is always all about light."

The printing of proofs reveals the printmaking process.

We can see the artist's markings in pen and pencil in the margins, noting areas needing improvement or alteration.

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Renina Katz: Prints and Engravings

Artist's donation to the National Museum of Fine Arts

Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro
November 25, 2007 to January 13, 2008
Caixa Cultural São Paulo
May 30 to July 6, 2008
Caixa Cultural Brasilia
July 11 to August 17, 2008

Curation
Laura Abreu
Sérgio Pizoli

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