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  • Provenance

    Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paolo

  • Exhibited

    Lyon, La Sucrière, Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon 2005: Experiencing Duration, September 14 - December 31, 2005

  • Literature

    N. Bourriad, J. Sans, and T. Raspail, Expérience de la duree: Beinnale de Lyon, 2005, Paris, 2005, pp. 213 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rivane Neuenschwander’s installation Zé Carioca n02 A Volta dos Três Cavaleiros (1944) (Edição Histórica, Ed. Abril), conceived in 2004, is a multi-layered engagement with the socio-cultural politics of her homeland Brazil. For this work, originally part of the 2005 Biennale de Lyon, Neuenschwander recycles the popular Brazilian comic book character Zé Carioca, a protagonist originally conceived in part through a US Government-sponsored ‘friendly neighbors’ program, whereby Walt Disney enterprises invented a Brazilian version of the famous ‘everyman’ American Joe for the Brazilian public. The artist recalls that Zé Carioca acted in stories with nationalistic overtones: “His character was based on the stereotypical cliché of the Brazilian, or more precisely, the Carioca (someone born from Rio de Janiero): street-smart, lazy, a lover of soccer and samba, a flirt, and a swinder. The cliché of the cliché, he ended up helping to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” (Rivane Neuenschwander, quoted from

    In the present lot, Neuenschwander deliberately opposes Zé Carioca’s pejorative undertones, by reexamining the stereotypes from the older generation through the present. The figures and text from the original pages of the comic book are erased completely, replaced with bold monochromatic washes of paint and the artist’s audience is invited to replace the text within the dialogue bubbles. Want to rewrite history? Rivane Neuenschwander does, as this work is delightfully inventive play on culture and politics through the medium of visual art.


Zé Carioca n02 A Volta dos Três Cavaleiros (1944) (Edição Histórica, Ed Abril)

Installation comprised of eight wall murals with enamel and chalk.

Installation dimensions variable; 78 3/4 x 53 7/8 in. (200 x 137 cm) each panel.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £9,600

The Marino Golinelli Collection

13 October 2007, 1pm