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Garota de Ipanema

Piotr Uklański

Garota de Ipanema (2005) is a mosaic by Piotr Uklański, located in the sculpture garden of the Museu do Acude in Rio de Janeiro. The Museum is situated on the property of the art collector Castro Maya. Besides an assortment of 19th-century china, it contains a unique collection of ceramic tiles – French, Spanish, Dutch, but mostly Portuguese azulejos from the 17th through 19th centuries. Uklański's piece, comprising three concrete walls decorated with faience mosaic, symbolically refers to the Museum's collection through the use of the distinctive material. At the same time, it refers to the artist's previous projects - walls of buildings decorated with broken tableware, which in turn was a reference to visual motifs popular in the communist period (pieces of broken tableware adorned many private residences, being a simple way to break through their monotony.)

Uklański is the first non-Brazilian artist, next to such designers as Helio Oticica and Ligia Pape, to present his work in the Museum's garden. Just like other work in the Museum collection, the mosaic has been included in Brazil's national heritage treasury.


Produced in cooperation with Anana Producoes (Rio de Janeiro)