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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.

 
Luís Sacilotto
Concreção 5942
Painted aluminum
1959
Luís Sacilotto
Concreção 6045
Painted iron
1960
MIRA SCHENDEL
Sem título
Mixed media on wood
1954
MIRA SCHENDEL
Sem título
Oil on canvas
1962
Sérgio Camargo
Relevo 326
Painted wood
1970
Aluísio Carvão
Tema circular 1
Oil on hardboard
1957
Milton Dacosta
Em vermelho
Oil on canvas
1958–59
Anatol Wladyslaw
Composição
Oil on canvas
1952
Anatol Wladyslaw
Composição linear
Oil on canvas
1953
Anatol Wladyslaw
Composição orthogonal no 2
Oil on canvas
1952
HÉLIO OITICICA
Relevo espacial
Painting on cut-out wood
1960