Sintetic Organic: Jorge Zalszupin 100 years

The white, curved volumes, supported by thick, they seem to have been molded in clay. seen in plant, environments contract in organic movements, alluding to the labyrinth of Daedalus, symbolic creator of architecture. And they often resemble bedrooms. ships and astronaut capsules.

If the furniture designed by Jorge Zalszupin excels in rigor and synthesis, oriented towards industrial production, its residential architecture reveals, at the opposite pole, a taste craftsmanship and organicism, with a romantic background and expressionist. For this Polish Jew immigrated to São Paulo after the Second World War, Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí and Mediterranean Vernacular Architecture seem to have been decisive influences, seeking in Le Corbusier not purism or structural pedagogy, but the symbolism of the heavy curved concrete slabs, as we see in the Chapel of Ronchamp.

If in the exhibition hosted at the Museu da Casa Brasileira we present the most public face of Zalszupin, designer of furniture and author of buildings, here we focus on one side intimate part of his personality, connected to the universes domestic and family. In this key, we seek to establish dialogues with sculptural works by Brazilian artists who were also inspired by the organic world, and in a poetics of subjectivity.
Between the rationalism of design and the refusal of functionality through art, the production of Jorge Zalszupin traces a path singular. We hope that the celebration of its centenary can shed light on the particularities of this such an intriguing work, helping us to know better their complexities.

Guilherme Wisnik


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