52 matchboxes and acrylic
19 x 42 x 5 cm
7,48 x 16,53 x 1,97 inch
USD 3.500 (plus tax, if applicable)
Comparing socially established relations and values, Cidade produces an “aesthetics of resistance”, creates works that express complex social conflicts and brings signs and situations from on the street into spaces given over to art. The artist’s works emphasize the coming together of art and society, without neglecting poetic expression and a discussion of language, also inspired politically by notions of challenge and transgression. In “MMC (Mínimo Múltiplo Comum)”, the artist presents 52 matchboxes with the words “fogo no colchão” (fire on the mattress), “fogo na bomba” (fire on the bomb), “fogo no carro” (fire on the car) and “fogo na bandeira” (fire on the flag).
Marcelo Cidade was born in São Paulo in 1979, where he lives and works.
Through an often subversive and informal practice, the artist questions the ideals of modernist architecture, appropriates urban spaces and, by means of various aesthetic operations, invents new idioms, constructing fresh and surprising spaces.
The intimate bond which, for Cidade, holds together art and life authorizes the artist to explore the continual oscillating flow between the social and the personal sphere.
One of Cidade’s interests is the public space generated in the urban and technological flux of the surveillance society.
He concentrates on one place to reach another one, setting in motion a process of dislocation from the historic-geographic to the poetic.
The city is the privileged site of events, and it is here that the artist looks for his work materials. Streets, walls, flyovers, squares, shutters are a challenge for his gaze.
A selection of the most recent solo shows includes “Ministry of All” (Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2019); “Marcelo Cidade: Subtotal” (Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia, São Paulo, 2017); “Somewhere, Elsewhere, Anywhere, Nowhere” (Kadist, San Francisco, 2014). Among his most recent group shows “No habrá nunca una puerta. Estás a dentro” (Santander Art Gallery, Madrid, 2019); “Do Disturb” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018); “Latinoamérica: volver al futuro” (MACBA, Buenos Aires, 2018); “Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance” (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit [MOCAD], Detroit, 2017); “Das Loch” (Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremem, 2016); “(re)(de)contruct” (Bronx museum, New York, 2015).