With the World Cup now in full flow, and a knock out game against Chile for Brazil this Saturday lunch time, it could mean that come Sunday morning, those in Sao Paulo may need cheering up, or may want to carry on the party. Good news, as Sunday marks the date for the much awaited OSGEMEOS exhibition at the Galpão Fortes Vilaça, (which I assume is a larger venue [Galpão = Warehouse] than the Galeria Fortes Vilaça where they have also exhibited in the past), called ‘A ópera da lua’ (the opera of the moon). OSGEMEOS don’t need any introduction, they are household names, and hugely successful. However for the first time I have started to hear people criticize their work recently, since painting the Gol airplane, and comparing the Pandolfo Twins with the also highly successful yet much maligned Brazilian artist Romero Britto.
I’m pretty sure the brothers are not too worried about such comparison’s and I have even seen them adding the famous Romero Britto patterns to the clothes of their own equally famous characters in a tongue in cheek come back. OSGEMEOS have also always ‘kept it real’ by continuing to hit the streets as well as doing their gallery work, and thus still strongly represent the graffiti scene which they grew up in. Proof of this can be seen by wondering the streets of the Cambuci neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, something any fan of theirs should definitely do while in Sao Paulo.
Personally, I have always been a big fan, however I agree that not much has changed in their work over the years, but at the same time, each of their previous solo shows in Sao Paulo has been extremely well executed and gone beyond simply hanging a few paintings.
Anyway, judging by the recent surge in the numbers of people visiting art exhibitions in Sao Paulo, I expect this one to attract large queues, especially as the numbers are likely to be swelled further by the large number of foreigners in Brazil for the World Cup.
WHEN: Opening on Sunday 29/6/14 from 14h to 17h. Runs until August 16th 2014.
WHERE: Galpão Fortes Vilaça, R. James Holland 71, Barra Funda, Região Oeste. (Telephone: 3392-3942)