Rossini Perez: design, matrices and engraving

Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

Striped red (1977) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Rossini Quintas Perez

is one of the most respected Brazilian engravers. An internationally known artist, he experimented with various artistic languages and techniques —drawing, painting, and metalwork — not only in the elaboration of his dies and engravings, but also in the creation of unique and singular objects for personal use. His path even led to photography, a discipline that attracts him to this day and forms an extensive collection. The exhibition presents a sample of Rossini Perez's artistic production contained in the Engraving Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Stairs (1954) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

In the 1950s, favelas, hills, boats, and piers were depicted on Rossini's linoleums. The works are marked by successive, distinct lines and planes.

Boats (1955) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Favela (1956) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Drypoint (1960) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

The 1960s are a successful time for production and experimentation, which had already begun in previous years. By this time, Rossini had already settled in Paris.

Favela, Rossini Perez, 1958, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Signs, Rossini Perez, 1959, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Drypoint, Rossini Perez, 1960, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Drypoint, Rossini Perez, 1960, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Untitled (1962) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Debandando (1964) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

At the end of the 1960s, the reliefs appeared, and the use of color was more consistent. Moving away from abstract work, he sought themes in memories of childhood or in Africa and adopted an interpretative language of certain elements: skeins of wool, knots, bracelets, buttons, ribbons, etc.

Afrontamento I (1962) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Engraving orange (1965) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Hache [Axe] (1966) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Bridée (1965) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Knot black white, Rossini Perez, 1968, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Knot, Rossini Perez, 1969, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Embroidered waist, Rossini Perez, 1968, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Fossilized I, Rossini Perez, 1966, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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TROIS CARREAU [three tile] (1966) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Fossilizée, Rossini Perez, 1966, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Gestation, Rossini Perez, 1966, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Tonsurada (1967) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Cintada laranja, preto, bege, Rossini Perez, 1968, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Yemanjá embryo, Rossini Perez, 1969, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Knot black white, Rossini Perez, 1970, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Liame, Rossini Perez, 1971, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Great X, Rossini Perez, 1971, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Cashew (1975) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Twist in the square (1975) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Twine around (1975/1976) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Debandando (1976) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Botão do Alamar (1977) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Note also how he likes to suggest overlapping planes, allowing us, as in this print, to follow a button passing through the opening created by two ribbons on paper.

Bem apertado, Rossini Perez, 1970, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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Angolan (1979) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Twist/frame, Rossini Perez, 1972, From the collection of: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
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It pins (2006) by Rossini PerezMuseu Nacional de Belas Artes

Credits: Story

Rossini Perez: Desenhos, Matrizes e Gravuras
Acervo Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

Caixa Cultural São Paulo
De 28 de novembro de 2009 a 17 de janeiro de 2010

Caixa Cultural Brasília
De 28 de janeiro a 28 de fevereiro de 2010

Curadoria
Laura Maria Neves de Abreu

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