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The Responsive I takes an in depth look at the work of Almir da Silva Mavignier, an essential figure of Op-Art as well as a leading member of the European artists groups ‘Zero’ and ‘Neue Tendenzen’ (‘New Tendencies’).
Almir da Silva Mavignier (b. 1925) was born in Rio de Janeiro. After traveling extensively in Europe he settled in Ulm, Germany, where he became a student of Max Bill and worked as a graphic designer. Mavignier created his first dot paintings in 1954, and joined the ZERO group in 1958. The following decade saw his work presented at the Venice Biennale and at Documenta 3 and 4 (1964 and 1968) and his appointment as professor of painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, where he lives and works today. Since 1960 he has taken part in many group exhibitions. His work was shown at the “Konkrete Kunst, 50 Jahre Entwicklung” exhibition at Zurich; at the Venice Biennial from 1964 to 1968, and at Dokumenta 3 and 4 in Kassel; at “The Responsive Eye” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1965; and at the “World and Image” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1968.
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