The set of 102 drawings was donated to the museum in 1974 by Dr. Osório César (1895-1979), a pioneer in artistic practices in psychiatric hospitals in Brazil. For César, these works should not be understood in their therapeutic context alone, but instead as art, which explains the donation of the drawings to an art museum.
The title of the exhibition refers to the first chapter of a broader and long-term project at MASP entitled Histories of Madness. It also references the title of the book History of Madness (1961) by Michel Foucault (1926-1984), in which the author developed a genealogy of the idea of insanity constructed in the West.
The first exhibition of this important set of works, over 40 years after they arrived at MASP, also indicates paths for alternative readings and considerations, frequently marginalized in art histories, that go beyond the modern and Eurocentric, well known and canonical history in academia and museum. We have still much to learn from these drawings.
"Histories of madness: the drawings of Juquery"
12.6 to 11.10.2015
Curatorial: Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director; and Luiza Proença, curator.