Christina’s colourful illustrations for Paulo Coelho’s “Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren”.
From 18 September 2020 to 31 January 2021, a selection of Christina’s recent work is present at the exhibition “Celebrations | Part 2 ” at Gallery Elle in Zürich, Switzerland. The exhibition also includes works by Valéria Nascimento, Mathias Kiss, Christopher Boots, Pierre Bonnefille and Julian Mayor.
Christina’s work is also on display at the exhibition “Celebrations | Part 1” at the Elle Gallery at Suvretta House in St. Moritz, Switzerland. This exhibition runs from 10 July to 18 October 2020.
After its presence in Miami, in São Paulo and at the Design Miami/Basel fairs the project “Impressoes by Brasilea & Laufen” has its last stop at the Paulo Coelho & Christina Oiticica Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 January – 19 March 2020. Visit to the exhibition by appointment only – please use the contact form and mention Exhibition in the subject line.
The 3rd edition of Impressões 2018:2019 – From Basel to Brazil is a creative collaboration between Brasilea and Swiss company Laufen, one of the world’s leading ceramic manufacturers, whose products are renowned for their symbiosis of design, quality and functionality, including their innovative SaphirKeramik, a super-strong ceramic material that allows itself to be fashioned along minimal, architectural lines. Impressoes 2018:2019 includes works by artists Christina Oiticica, Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro, Collective SHN, Alex Flemming and graffiti artist Zezão. A polyhedron, developed by Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro and made of SaphirKeramik, served as a multifaceted canvas for all five artists.
The works will be on display at:
- Brasilea Foundation, Basel/Switzerland, from 10 November 2018 to 29 August 2019
- Design Miami, Miami/USA, from 3 to 9 December 2019
- Expo Revestir, Sao Paulo/Brazil, from 13-16 March 2019
- Design Basel, Basel/Switzerland, from 11-16 June 2019
For more information, please see Laufen’s press release on the subject.
07.12.2018 – Architectural Digest
architecturaldigest.com – Laufen Enlists Artists to Celebrate a Cross-Cultural Partnership, “Impressões 2018:19 from Basel to Brazil” connects Swiss and Brazilian culture through ceramic objects
06.10.2018 – Vanha Kapinallinn – The Old Rebel
Article in Ilta-Sanomat (“The Evening News”), Finland
09.08.2018 – L’atelier à ciel ouvert de Christina Oiticica
23.07.2018, Go Out
The Golden Rose – Paulo Coelho
I have just had dinner, now I am having some coffee and contemplating the painting in front of me: it was put in a river and left there for a year, waiting for nature to give the final touch to the painter’s work.
Half of the painting was carried off by the waters and bad weather, so the edges are all uneven, but even so I can still see part of the beautiful red rose painted on a golden background. I know the artist. I remember 2003, when together we went to a forest in the Pyrenees, discovered the creek – which at that moment was dry – and hid the canvas underneath the stones that covered the river bed.
I know the artist, Christina Oiticica. At this very moment she is physically at a distance of 8,000 kilometers, and at the same time she is in everything around me. That makes me happy: even after 29 years of marriage, the love is more intense than ever before. Never did I imagine that this would happen: I had been in three relationships that did not work out right and was convinced that eternal love did not exist until she came along – on a Christmas afternoon, like a present sent by a angel.
We went to the movies.
We made love that same evening.
I thought to myself: “this won’t last long”. For the first two years I was always expecting one of us to give up the relationship. For the following five years I went on thinking that it was just an arrangement, that in a short while each of us would go our own way. I had convinced myself that any commitment of a more serious nature would deprive me of my “freedom” and stop me experiencing all that I wanted.
Twenty-nine years on, I am still free – because I discovered that love never enslaves us. I am free to turn my head and watch her sleeping at my side – that is the photo I have on my mobile phone. I am free for us to go out, enjoy a stroll, go on talking, discussing – and occasionally arguing, as always.
I am free to love as I have never loved before, and that makes a great difference in my life.
Let’s go back to the painting and the river: it was the summer of 2002, I was already a well-known writer, I had money, I felt that my basic values had not changed, but how could I be absolutely certain?
We rented a small room in a two-star hotel in France, where we began to spend five months each year. The wardrobe could not get any bigger, so we had to limit our clothes. We wandered through the forests, dined out, spent hours in conversation and went to the movies every day. The simplicity of it all confirmed for us that the most sophisticated things in the world are precisely those that are within everyone’s reach. All that I needed for my work was a portable computer.
But it so happens that my wife is … a painter.
And painters need gigantic studios to produce and keep their work. By no means did I want her to sacrifice her vocation for me, so I proposed renting a place. However, looking around, seeing the mountains, the valleys, the rivers and the lakes, the forests, she thought: why don’t I work here? And why not let nature work with me?
And thus was born the idea of “storing” the canvases in the open air. I carried my laptop and went on writing. She knelt on the grass and painted. A year later, when we removed the first paintings, the result was original, magnificent.
We lived in that small hotel for two unforgettable years. She continued to bury her canvases, no longer out of necessity but because she had discovered a new technique. The Amazon, Mumbai, the Road to Santiago, Lublijana, Miami. Today she is far away, but tomorrow or next week she will be close again, sleeping at my side. Content, because her work is beginning to be recognized all over the world.
At this moment I see only the rose. And I thank the angel that gave me two presents on that Christmas of 1979: the ability to open up my own heart, and the right person to receive it.
Closing performance of the “Quatro Elements” exhibition at the Brasilea Foundation in Basel/Switzerland. After the her works have been left to the elements since the opening of the exhibition on 26 January, Christina now takes back her work from Nature.
Video: K. Zupan-Rupp, H. Schmidt/VernissageTV – www.vernissage.tv
On 26 January 2017, well over 200 art lovers attended the opening of Christina’s exhibition “Quatro Elementos” (Four Elements) at the Brasilea Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Below are visual impressions of this lively and festive event.
In addition to a selection of older works, Christina presented a number of works made especially for this exhibition, including 4 large canvases representing the 4 seasons:
Below is the interview (in Portuguese) with Beleza/Radio X, broadcasting in Portuguese in the Basel region since 2008.