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Is the immersive Van Gogh and Portinari exhibition in Brazil a farce or a spectacle?

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Conservatives usually get in trouble, at least in the art world. In 1917, when attacking an exhibition by Anita Malfatti, who introduced modern art to Brazil, Monteiro Lobato wrote:

"Let's be honest: futurism, cubism, impressionism, and 'tutti quanti' are nothing but other branches of caricature art".

Countless critics of the new trends have been embarrassed throughout the centuries.

Although the comparison is inaccurate since it is not about analyzing the work itself, the Lobato vs. Malfatti case can also be evoked in a reflection about a model that has been gaining space: the "immersive" exhibitions . . .

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