In Memoriam: Rubem Ludolf (1932-2010)

Rubem Ludolf, Untitled, 2004
Oil on canvas
80 x 100 cm

Considered one of the top names in Brazilian neoconcretism, painter, architect and landscaper Rubem Ludolf died aged 78 on Monday, July 26, in Rio de Janeiro. Victim of an aneurysm in the aorta, the artist was admitted for ten days in the Samaritan Hospital.

Self-taught in the early career in the mid-1950s, Ludolf was a student of Ivan Serpa Free Course in Painting from the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ). Along with Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape and Aluisio Coal, he joined the Grupo Frente, looking for creative freedom and experimentation in different languages of geometry and colors. With the group, attended the 3rd International Biennial of Sao Paulo in 1955, returning to the show in five editions between 1959 and 1973, receiving the Purchase Award in 1967.

Among his most recent exhibitions are individual in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro in 2002, the gallery Berenice Arvan, in Sao Paulo in 2005. In early 2010, the Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro had a retrospective celebrating 60 years of career Ludolf.

On account of death, the exhibition “Dialogues” opened in the presence of the artist on the last day on June 9 Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud (SP), was extended until July 31. (source: UOL)