Marcelo Conrado - What is original?

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

By Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

When the artist Marcelo Conrado asks ‘what is original?’ he makes us wonder about a universe of anonymous information surrounding us, from a random dialogue between friends to graffiti, messages shared on social networks or traditional truck bumper phrases. It is a pleasure for the Oscar Niemeyer Museum to hold this exhibition, which will certainly prompt everyone of us to interesting reflections. With a Doctorate in Art Authorship, Conrado brings to the Museum questions on the concept of originality in contemporary art. After all, what is art and what is authorship? Does something that belongs to no one belong to everybody? What matters to him is what the reflection of every one of us will be like when we come across with his works, rather than the answers to said questions. With this in mind,the artist exhibits photos collected from image databases, which become instigating when anonymous phrases are added to them.In a fine balance between image and text, he also exhibits his paintings. Influenced by other artists, his paintings keep raising the fundamental question that guides his proposal– what is original for you? [Juliana Vellozo Almeida Vosnika | Chief Executive Officer]

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Every hand is an action awareness.

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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Untitled, Marcelo Conrado, 2018/2019, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

The real is neither at the departure nor at the arrival: it becomes available during the journey.

Guimarães Rosa

I did not see it go by, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Close your eyes to see this image, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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You cannot finish the track running from yourself, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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And if there is no other life, did you live this one?, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

How many years are needed to forget a second?, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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No paint, no gain, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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I ratter decadence to modernity, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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I will go with God and, if I do not come back, I will stay with Him, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Too much perfection is a mistake, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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It mattered so much that now it does not matter, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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The toughest address is someone else’s shoes, Marcelo Conrado, 2017/19, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

The artist is a great collector ofphrases. The works displayedin this exhibition have beenproduced with anonymousphrases taken from socialnetworks, graffiti and casualchats. Some of them have beenoffered to the artist by the public.Write a phrase on a piece ofpaper available on the tableand then hang it on the line ofideas. It might be used in thenext works.

Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”, From the collection of: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
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Photographic record of the exhibition “What is original?”Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Credits: Story

Realization: Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Curatorship: Maria José Justino
Photographers: Amarildo Henning, Cadi Busatto and Eduardo Macarios

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