Hélio Oiticica @ The Whitney

At the The Whitney Museum of American Art FINISHED

This amazing exhibition is the first full-scale U.S. retrospective of Oiticica in nearly two decades. I was first introduced to Oiticica and the Grupo Frente movement through the work of Ivan Serpa, Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape.  His early geometric investigations into color are my favorite and there are some amazing examples in this show. They are a little Klee, a little Mondrian and a little Malevich.

The exhibition goes on to include some of his large-scale installations, in which he explores not only color and shape, but also music and literature, as well as his response to politics and the social environment.

Oiticica’s untimely death at the age of 43 is made even sadder by a terrible fire which destroyed so much of his work. Oiticica’s brother César had stored his paintings, drawings, notes, documentaries and books at his house in Rio de Janeiro. But on October 17, 2009 a terrible fire raged through the residence and destroyed nearly everything.

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Monday: 10.30am – 6pm

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: 10.30am – 6pm

Thursday: 10.30am – 6pm

Friday: 10.30 am – 10 pm (Late Night)

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Sunday: 10.30am – 6pm


The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as the “Whitney”, was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom the museum is named.

The museum focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art and places a particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists, as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection.

Until 2014 the Whitney was located on the Upper East side in Breuer Building (named after its architect, Marcel Breuer), but in 2015 it moved to a new building designed by Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District.

Fun Fact: There are beehives on the roof and you can buy their honey in the museum’s shop.


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