Dico Kremer - People at MON

By Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photography

The “People at MON” exhibition depicts the Oscar Niemeyer Museum’s audience from the perspective of the photographer Dico Kremer, with pictures selected by the professor, art critic, and curator Fernando Bini from over 5,000 pictures taken between the years of 2016 and 2019. This work registered unique interaction moments of the audience with the pieces of different exhibitions set up at MON during said period.

Photographic Record of the Exhibition "People at MON - Dico Kremer" by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

For more than 50 years, Dico Kremer has photographed people. His attentive and always sensitive eye on the record of spontaneous reactions captured thousands of images of anonymous visitors to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum between March 2016 and November 2019. Many striking moments of special and unique moments, such as the impression of someone appreciating a certain work of art, were immortalized by his camera.Curated by Professor Fernando Bini, 84 photos were selected from more than 5,000 records and were transformed into the exhibition “Gente no MON” (People at MON), a realization of the Museumu.Dico can be considered a natural observer of people. Always attentive to the arts, in the many years he lived in Europe, being a frequent visitor to the main museums in several countries, he felt interest in the reaction of visitors to the works. There began the conception of the exhibition that was carried out at MON.The character of the photos gathered here today makes us reflect even more – and in a different way – on the value of those scenes recorded by Dico Kremer. These are images that convey feelings, unique and valuable moments for so many people.Presenting this exhibition at the time of the Museum's reopening is a way of recovering all that, making sure that nothing replaces the face-to-face visit. We know that we will never be the same in the post-pandemic, as well as the institutions. Something has changed forever and that includes the value that we start to give to the essential, to live together, to exist.It is with this feeling that we present the exhibition “Gente no MON” and extend the invitation of our reflection to each one of you, so that you celebrate with us being together. [Juliana Vellozo Almeida Vosnika | Oscar Niemeyer Museum]

Photographic Record of the Exhibition "People at MON - Dico Kremer" by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

People at MON

Dico Kremer is a professional photographer specialized in commercial and marketing pictures that demand an elevated technical quality. Therewith and therefore, he traveled a lot and worked in several countries besides Brazil. He chose to live in Portugal for a season. All these experiences built his perspective on reality from a photographic objective. This set of pictures taken in visits to the MON, weekly and for over three years, is covered with such importance that it must be exhibited in the Museum’s very environment. Despite the photographer’s preference for black and white in his personal pictures (very rarely he adds some color, which draws him closer to another artist, Poty Lazzarotto, who was a great reader as well), he used colors in these because the speech with what is real is precisely in the artist’s perspective of the audience. His work can be seen from three perspectives: looking, reflecting, or unfocused, always presenting the human being as the model. The exhibition is composed of three cores: People, Reflexes, and Unfocused.Photography is Dico Kremer’s work, in addition to his studio work. Through it, he registers everything in the world around him. His gaze is restless, wants to aestheticize reality, since he well knows that pictures are manufactured, manipulated, and assembled, and that they do not necessarily have the reality certificate nowadays. That is what attracts him—this possibility of making pictures based on his own imagination. [Fernando A. F. Bini | Curator]

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

“Deliberately experimental, the contemporary photography establishes new rules. It is a mixture of documentationand fiction: a false human science that finds its legitimacy in its own experiences, real or virtual.” [Christian Mattioni e Yannick Vigouroux]

Photographic Record of the Exhibition "People at MON - Dico Kremer" by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Esse est percipi

I was a child, maybe 6 or 7 years old, when I first entered a museum. My mother took me to the Paranaense Museum. It was located at 200 Buenos Aires Street, on the corner of Benjamin Lins, near my parents' house. I returned many times to the place to walk around and look at the countless works and objects. The floor was so fantastic that, to get in, we had to put on slippers. Who reminded me of the fact was my friend Fernando Bini. Later, I attended the museum at the former headquarters of the Curitiba City Hall, when its director was Professor Oldemar Blasi.On our trips to Europe, Carmen Lúcia and I visited the most important museums, the ones that most caught our attention. The list is long, very long. There are several kinds of museums. There are those that have works by a single artist, objects, pinacothecas, and the long list of themes: sacred art, weapons, music, automobiles, etc.

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic Record of the Exhibition "People at MON - Dico Kremer" by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

In Curitiba, we have great museums, among those of the public authorities, and those administered by the private sector. In addition, there is one that has become an icon, or a postcard of the city: the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON), also called Museum of the Eye. It is more than a museum, in the classic sense of the word. In addition to its collection, it also functions as a gallery, with temporary exhibitions, of varying durations, by artists from Brazil and abroad. I believe that this characteristic attracts an audience interested in what is new, modern, and contemporary in the field of the arts. It has undoubtedly become a blockbuster. Since its opening, I have been to the museum many times.I saw the works, I saw the visitors, I saw the attentions, I saw the emotions, I saw the inattentions, I saw the mirror of time. And, what I saw I decided to record with my camera. I scrolled through the museum's various rooms 66 times, from March 30, 2016 to November 2, 2019. Almost every day of the week was visited, but I gave preference to Wednesdays, because on this day, admission is free and the affluence of audiences is greater and diverse.

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic Record of the Exhibition "People at MON - Dico Kremer" by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

I tried to be as discreet as possible and not invade people's privacy. With these photos, I wanted to establish an approximation between those who appreciate the works exhibited and their interaction with them. I almost certainly think that, apart from the museum security, no one noticed that I was photographing the visitors. I would like people who look at these photos to feel the same emotion that I felt when taking them, that unique moment captured in x/second of a second that will never be repeated. The Latin title I took from a quote from the short story "Utopia of a Man Who Is Tired", from Jorge Luis Borges's "Livro de Areia", which means: "to be is to be portrayed", or "to be is to be perceived". [Dico Kremer]

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

“The photographic look is a cut that is made of nature or the object, it is not an analogy, therefore it is not true, it is a trace, it is creation, it is construction.” [Fernando Bini]

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

“In my beginning is my end.” [T.S. Eliot]

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2019) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

“Art is man’s nature.” [Edmund Burke]

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2016) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2018) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled (2017) by Dico KremerOscar Niemeyer Museum

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Promotion: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Curatorship: Fernando Bini
Editor: Amanda Schneider de Lima Sousa

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