Lygia Pape and the Sensorial Art of Resistance

Lygia Pape (1929–2004) proved to be one of the most prominent Brazilian artists of the 20th century. Her work is marked by a shift from a formalist concern with geometric abstraction to a multimedia approach, encompassing installation, performance, video and conceptual art. Pape’s early years (1940s-50s) were characterized by her affiliation with the Concrete movement, which was profoundly influenced by European avant-gardes such as De Stijl, Russian Constructivism and the Bauhaus. This development in the Brazilian artistic scene was largely due to the return to democracy in…