Acknowledgements: Exhibition created in close partnership with the José Zanine Caldas Institute
Curators: Amanda Beatriz Palma de Carvalho, architect-researcher
Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, philosopher and professor of design
Scenography: Jean de Piépape
José Zanine Caldas was a radical creator. His work always aimed to find the essence at the root of each of his projects – whether it was the exploration of the natural environment or his conceptualtisation of indoor space as a synergy of the senses. His engagement with Brazilian craftsmanship and natural materials underlies the character of his works found in the Denuncia furniture collection.
His life’s work has always taken a humanistic approach, that values the ability to create and produce with local means for local needs.
Within his rich and diverse work there are always bridges of communication: the coherence of his perception, his creations and his perspective on life. He had strong socio-environmental philosophy, believing in the importance of close contact with nature, while searching for both joy and freedom.
Since its beginning, Carpenters Workshop Gallery has emphasized innovative design with unique artistic approaches. By showcasing a unique ensemble of Caldas’s pieces, the gallery follows the thread of creation to offer the public an exceptional and inspirational exhibition. Its strong historical positioning aims to give Zanine Caldas his rightful place in the history of design.
Photo credits: Acervo Paulo Mauro de Aquino
André Nazareth: Coleção Zanini de Zanine
Instituto José Zanine Caldas
Revista Acrópole: Acervo Paulo Mauro de Aquino