Football Museum mixes Pelé, Pabllo Vittar, Garrincha and Mário de Andrade in a new exhibition


The celebrations of the centenary of the Week of Modern Art, celebrated this year, continue to move the cultural program of São Paulo. This time, it’s the Football Museum’s turn. The institution explores the relationships between sport and modernism in a new exhibition.

Opening this Friday, the 15th, at Pacaembu stadium, the exhibition “22 em Campo” brings photographs, videos, historical audios and objects that connect the modern movement to the biggest sport in the country.

The title makes a joke of the year the Week 1922 took place and the number of players that enter the field in a match. Therefore, the attraction is divided into 22 modules, each one dedicated to a theme to create parallels between the two universes and between that year and the current one.

Subjects such as the ball, the goalkeeper, women’s football, culture and society are addressed. There are several possible connections between the two worlds, recorded over the last hundred years and presented in the exhibition, which is curated by Guilherme Wisnik.

In the space dedicated to the ball, for example, an audio features recitation of poems by João Cabral de Melo Neto and Cassiano Ricardo that talk about the object. Exposed to the side is a ball used in 1922 and another from the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place this year.

Another space features connections between the player Garrincha and Macunaíma, a character in the book of the same name by Mário de Andrade, inspired by an indigenous entity — the athlete’s parents were from the Fulniô people.

In another wing, the exhibition shows how football was present in the Semana de 22. During the opening of the event, writer Menotti del Picchia mentions in his speech the player Arthur Friedenreich, one of the first Brazilian stars.

Mário de Andrade also dedicated a poem to the player. And the painter Tarsila do Amaral recorded in a chronicle her experience as a fan during a game between Brazil and Argentina in which she participated.

The exhibition also has a panel that mixes —or makes an anthropophagy— between different figures: sportsmen like Pelé, modernists like Oswald de Andrade and Mário de Andrade and artists of the past, such as Grande Otelo, and of the present, in the case of Pabllo Vittar.

All these relationships can be explored until January 29 of the next year, when “22 em Campo” comes out.

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