In an attempt to unite the visual arts and literature, this exhibition of the work of artist and illustrator Marcelo Cipis, 'Rostos a Procura de um Rosto' ('faces looking for a face'), explores the importance of the human face as the focal point for authenticity, identity and emotion.
Cipis is one of this year's winners of the Prêmio Funarte de Arte Contemporânea (the National Art Foundation's Contemporary Art Prize), and the show contains many paintings and drawings – some as yet unpublished – from Cipis's ongoing career, displaying his background in the graphic arts and his ability to appropriate styles originally associated with advertising illustration. Animation and video art are also incorporated into the exhibition, further exploring the relevance of facial expressions.
Helping to draw parallels with the literary world by 'reading faces', the writer Joana Barossi adds another element to Cipis's works, examining his pieces by supplying accompanying texts and word games that further analyse the artist's original thematic considerations.
Highlights of the exhibition schedule include a talk with the curator, the São Paulo-based German Tobi Maier – a co-curator of the last São Paulo Bienal – and the publisher Iuri Pereira at 11am on 30 November and a breakfast and painting workshop with the artist himself at 11am on 14 December.