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The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art

The celebrated Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art consists of the finest examples of Geometric Abstraction in paintings, constructions, drawings, posters, and graphic materials by Brazil's foremost artists of the post-World War II era. Long regarded as a brilliant window into the seminal decades of modernization in Brazil, the collection was built by São Paulo-based collector Adolpho Leirner beginning in the 1960s and acquired by the MFAH from 2005 to 2007. Among the cutting-edge artists and groups represented are Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Alfredo Volpi, Grupo Ruptura, and Grupo Frente. The collection is a key chapter in the global story of Modernism and an important component of the Latin American art initiative at the MFAH.

 
LYGIA CLARK
Planos em superfície modulada no. 5
Alkyd and nitrocellulose paint on plywood
1957
Luís Sacilotto
Concreção 5521
Enamel on wood
1955
HÉLIO OITICICA
Metaesquema 12
Gouache on cardboard
1957
Raul Porto
Sem título
India ink on paper
1960
Samson Flexor
Abstrato
Oil on canvas
1957
Samson Flexor
Invenção baiana no 1
Oil on canvas
1952
Samson Flexor
Geométrico II
Oil on canvas
1952
HÉLIO OITICICA
Vermelho cortando o branco
Oil on canvas
1958
WALDEMAR CORDEIRO
Idéia visível
Industrial latex paint on plywood laminate panel
1956
LYGIA CLARK
Bicho (Máquina)
Gilded metal with hinges
1962
Lothar Charoux
Abstrato geométrico
Oil on canvas
1952
Lothar Charoux
Sem título
India ink on paper
1950s
LYGIA CLARK
Trepante
Stainless steel and wood
1965
LYGIA CLARK
Espaço modulado no 2
Industrial paint on wood
1958
LYGIA CLARK
Ovo
Industrial paint on wood
1959
LYGIA CLARK
Planos em superfície modulada no. 1
Industrial paint on wood
1957
Geraldo de Barros
Cartaz para o IV Centenário de São Paulo
Screenprint
1954
Geraldo de Barros
Concreto
Enamel on hardboard
1953
Samson Flexor
Geométrico I
Oil on canvas
1952
Luís Sacilotto
Concreção 5730
Aluminum
1957