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Conceição dos Bugres |The Indian in the minimal esthetics of Conceição | 03/08/2017

Conceição dos Bugres

In the late 80’s, when I met Paulo Vasconcellos, I also got to know Conceição’s work. He had three totems, one on top of the other, forming a single piece. I had already seen pieces of the artist in exhibition catalogs, but I knew then that she lived in the state of Mato Grosso and that it was very rare to find her sculptures. Over time I understood that the difficulty of seeing her work was due to the fact that she was little known in the South.
Once on a visit to a painter I saw three heads that belonged to this collection. I wanted to buy them on spot but the artist told me they were not for sale. I started to go to the studio always with my eyes on those “bugres”. Patiently and with determination I waited until the day came. Wow! Fabulous! Finally the first few “bugres” came to live with me. Collectors know what I’m talking about. It is that need to possess the coveted work that fills us with joy and pleasure.
I never separated myself from those sculptures. It was rare, but when they did show up in the market I would buy them. I have some at home, all “landmarked” as I always say. They will never leave my house.
Doing a show of Conceição was not an easy task. In fact, I thought it would be impossible to gather a reasonable amount of works necessary to show the universe of this great sculptor. My joy is enormous. She has never had an exhibition in São Paulo!
The invitation to Miguel Chaia to be the curator could not have been happier. Although he had not had familiarity with the work before, he went deep into it. His text becomes fundamental for the understanding and contextualization of Conceição’s sculpture in the world of art.
I hope you enjoy and understand that this is an unprecedented opportunity.


Vilma Eid




Galeria Estação
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