Cildo Meireles Virtual Spaces: Corners 1 1967-68/1983

  • Not on view

Virtual Spaces: Corner 1 simulates, with a twist, the corner of a domestic room, complete with parquet flooring, a painted baseboard, and canvas-covered walls. It is the first of a series of works that marked a breakthrough in Cildo Meireles’s artistic trajectory when he was only nineteen years old. “At the end of 1967, I created a series of preparatory drawings for the Virtual Spaces: Corners...” Life-size in scale, this part-painting/part-object relies on the movement of the viewer. “These works are about orthogonal virtual effects obtained from non-orthogonal projection planes. They provide an analysis of the phenomenon of virtuality through Euclidean principles of space (three planes of projection) transposed to the image of an internal corner of a house.”

Meireles's Corners series provided the artist with an opportunity to explore solutions to questions of mathematics and geometry, disciplines that have always attracted him: “The works in the series were very much conceived as theorems. They are a demonstration, not specifically in terms of the eye, but in terms of the position of the viewer in relation to the work. They presuppose the viewer’s displacement, and the finding of this position.”

Publication excerpt from Lilian Tone, Excerpt from "Cildo Meireles's 'Virtual Spaces'", post: notes on modern & contemporary art around the glob. 2016.
Canvas, paint, and parquet on wood
118 x 60 x 60" (299.7 x 152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

The artist
Galería Luisa Strina, São Paulo
1997, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas
2012, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Exhibition history

São Paulo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, "Tradição e Ruptura: Síntese de Arte e Cultura Brasileiras", November 19, 1984 - January 31, 1985

São Paulo, Paço das Arte, “O Clássico no Contemporáneo”, October 27 - November 17, 1991

Valencia, IVAM Centre del Carme, “Cildo Meireles”, February 2 - April 23, 1995 and tour:
Porto, Fundaçao Serra Alves, 1996
Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, 1996 - 1997

New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Cildo Meireles”, November 18, 1999 - March 5, 2000 and tour:
São Paulo, Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, July 13 - August 20, 2000
Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, October 5 - December 2, 2000

MoMA Exh. #2320: "Painting and Sculpture Changes 2015", 4th Floor, gallery 21, added April 24 - July 29, 2015


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