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The "Ruptura" Proclaimed by Brazil's Self-Styled "Vanguardas" of the Fifties

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Brazil's modernismo, its avant-garde of the 1920s involving primarily literature and the visual arts, "cannibalistically" adapted European avant-garde models to Brazilian contexts, often in search of a Brazilian cultural identity and independence from European hegemony. Still working under post-colonial conditions after the hiatus of World War II, the visual artists, writers and composers who formed the avant-garde movements of the 1950s broke again with the then dominant norms in Brazil, opting for non-figurative constructivist art, creating a new "Concrete" poetry and composing experimental scores, again adapting international models but in order to participate in the artistic revolutions of the time.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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