85. Tropicália, 1967. This installation by Hélio Oiticica, a member of the Neoconcrete group, was first shown in the Nova Objetividade exhibit at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro in 1967. The viewer was to walk through and experience the environment consisting of sand, tropical plants, birds, etc. Like Tarsila's Pau-Brasil works of the Twenties and the Pop Art paintings of Giauco Rodrigues, the piece employed specifica1ly tropical, Brazilian elements, now in the artistic language of the contemporary avantgarde. Oiticica was an important critic and theoretician, as well. His work was fundamental to a movement in Brazilian plastic arts and music in the Sixties and earIy Seventies, known as Tropicália.
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