Semana de Arte Moderna

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A series of events held in the Teatro Municipal, São Paulo, Brazil, from 13 to 17 February 1922, representing the country's first major public expression in the field of modern art. The centrepiece was an exhibition, in which the participants included the painters Emiliano di Cavalcanti (one of the organizers of the Semana), Annita Malfatti (1889–1964), and Vicente do Rego Monteiro (1899–1970) and the sculptor Victor Brecheret (1894–1955). Their work provoked a hostile reception from the press and was indiscriminately labelled ‘futurist’, as Futurism was the only modern movement whose name was at least vaguely familiar in Brazil at this time (the organizers of the Semana imitated the kind of polemical slogans typical of Futurism). Much of the work on show was tentative, but the desire to create an art that was both authentically modern and authentically Brazilian was realized later in the decade in the work of Tarsila do Amaral (who married one of the Semana's organizers, the poet Osvald de Andrade).

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