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PAMM Opening Celebration of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico

PAMM Opening Celebration of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Bot̢nicoThursday, September 18, 6pm-9pm РP̩rez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

To celebrate the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico, the first major U.S. retrospective on Brazilian artist, the Perez Art Museum Miami hosted a walk-through of the exhibit with the artist. Beatriz Milhazes discussed some pf her featured works on display, including some of the large-scale abstract paintings. The paintings are inspired by Brazilian and European Modernism, popular culture including food wrappers of her favorite chocolate candies, and the colors of Carnival. Beatriz Milhazes has developed an unusual painting technique, in which she adhered images in acrylic paint on a wrap and then onto canvases. The paintings appear like collages with graffiti and plastic decals she has included in her works. With this practice, she can create richly textured surfaces that appear prematurely aged. “Her art is so lush and pleasurable, but it’s also imperfect,” says the museum’s chief curator, Tobias Ostrander.

The exhibition includes her work over the last 25 years. 40 canvases, prints and collages are on display. Her luxuriously layered colors, including neon, make the art appear full of energy. Matisse is one of her favorite artists. She enjoys using decorative objects to be included in her work. Beatriz Milhazes has had exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Beatriz Milhazes’ paintings are in the permanent collections in the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Banco Itau is a proud sponsor of the exhibit and have her work displayed at the headquarters in Brickell as well.

The PAMM hosted the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico exhibit for Museum Circle members with live music by Alma Tropicalia and a waterfront bar on the terrace. Between sets PAMM members enjoyed Brazilian grooves from DJ Marcello Bentine. The celebration featured the Miami debut of Brazilian band Alma Tropicalia. The DC-based band reimagines the psych-samba sounds of 60’s tropicália music from Brazil, a mind-bending mix of tropical rhythms, soulful funk grooves and day-glo psychedelia that has quickly earned the group ecstatic reviews and packed performances across the region. The band’s daring lineup combines the masterful Brazilian jazz vocalist Elin (featured on Thievery Corporation’s Brazil-inspired album “Saudade”) with the unhinged experimentation of some of the top backing musicians in today’s rock and world music scene (featuring members of Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey, Bio).