Guilherme Vaz

GUILHERME VAZ is a multimedia artist, experimental musician, maestro, and thinker. In the late 1960s, he was part of the up-and-coming Rio de Janeiro conceptual art scene and, together with Frederico de Morais, Cildo Meireles, and Luiz Alphonsus, created the Experimental Unit at MAM. Guilherme participated in historical exhibitions such as Salão da Bússola [Compass Hall], in 1969, and the controversial Agnus Dei, at Petite Galerie, in 1970, both in Rio de Janeiro; as well as international exhibitions like Information, at MoMA New York (1970), and the 8th Biennale of Paris (1973). He was also responsible for introducing concrete music in Brazilian cinema, having produced soundtracks for more than 30 films,
several of them award-winning.

The matrix of Guilherme’s artistic production resides in the drylands of Brazil. His experience with people from the midwest drylands and Indians in the north allowed him to create unique, inventive, and, above all, Brazilian works. His work helps us better understand and typify our culture beyond folklore. His presentation in the Repertório [Repertoire] sector focuses on a more conceptual production, and includes a set of eight drawings from the series Anotações [Annotations], produced as studies for compositions; the conceptual instruction Ato de desapropriação de datas (área/tempo) [Act to disappropriate dates (area/time)] and 1970, which date back to Agnus Dei. Lastly, there is also the poster KILLED, a project executed based on a draft made on MAM stationary paper on a 1970 afternoon, at the Experimental Unit.