Que sejam muitas as manhãs de Verão
03.04 — 04.06.22

Text: Lisette Lagnado

The exhibition is on view until June 6th and can be visited from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday, from 11am to 5pm.


Superfície is honored and pleased to present the exhibition José Leonilson — May there be many a summer morning, curated by the art critic Lisette Lagnado, author of the artist’s first monograph and retrospective, held in 1995.

The show brings together a set of about twenty works—among drawings, paintings, embroidery and objects— whose cutout seeks to highlight the artist’s well-known affinity with the work of Konstantinos Kavafís (1863-1933). The parallel between José Leonilson (1957-1993) and one of the greatest Greek-language poets of the 20th century is one of the themes discussed in the last interview given by the artist before he died prematurely, victim of AIDS.

It is possible to perceive that trips and experiences punctuate their language through symbols: flowers, wings, stones, bridges and rivers, among others. Through the autobiographical genre, both highlighted the pleasure of an always pulsating Eros and the melancholy of the meeting of bodies.

During the visit to the exhibition, it is possible to follow and appreciate the works, which occupy the two floors of the gallery, taking with them a selection of printed poems. A Superfície celebrates eight years of existence, resuming one of the biggest names in Brazilian art, who was the subject of the gallery’s second exhibition, in 2014.



Acrylic paint on unstretched canvas
101 × 203 cm

O Pescador de palavras, 1986

Acrylic paint on unstretched canvas
107 × 95 cm

Príncipe (da série Os Dedicados), 1991

Permanent ink and watercolor on paper
30,5 × 23 cm

O Deslocado, 1989

Permanent ink and watercolor on paper
24 × 11,5 cm

El Mirage, 1991

Permanent ink and watercolor on paper
30,5 × 23 cm

Pescador de Pérolas, 1991

Thread and metalic paint on voile
36 × 31 cm

[Cheio; Vazio], 1992

Acrylic paint on canvas
115 × 62 cm

Um Avião Indo pro Oeste, 1988

Acrylic paint and colored pencil on unstretched canvas
104 × 103 cm