Lygia Pape

Lygia Pape was born in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, in 1927. She was a key founder of Neo-Concrete movement in the 1960´s and an important member of Grupo Frente alongside Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. She worked across multiple mediums such as painting, drawing, installation, collage, performance and film, being most recognised for her series of installations entitled TtÈias. This work, which consists of fine and almost invisible golden threads geometrically located in the space, becomes only visible when they shine according to the position of the viewer. Even though her work incorporates key elements of modern European abstraction, she rebelliously re-interpreted it in line with her own local political and social context. Her early work places emphasis on bi-dimensional geometric compositions using basic forms and a limited colour scheme, moving then to a radical introduction of life itself as art through performance and film. Her work has been acquired by MoMa, MCNRS, Tate, among others. Pape died in Rio de Janeiro in 2004 at the age of 77.