Lygia Clark (b. Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1920; d. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1988) is one of the most pioneering artists of the twentieth century. Clark's groundbreaking work radically innovated the relationship between the art object and audience and became a reference point for generations of artists pushing the limits of sculpture and performance today.
Significant exhibitions during her lifetime included the early São Paulo Biennials (1953-1967), the Second Pilot Show of Kinetic Work, curated by Guy Brett at the Signals Gallery, London in 1962; and a presentation at the Venice Biennale in 1968.
Following Clark's death in 1988, she was subject to the following solo museum shows: Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art 1948-1988, curated by Connie Butler and Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Lygia Clark: Organic Planes, curated by Lisa Le Feuvre, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2014); Fantastic Architecture, The Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds (2014); Lygia Clark, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (1997), travelled to Marseille MAC; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and the Imperial Palace, Rio de Janeiro.
Clark was recently included in Making and Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Life Itself, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); Adventures of the Black Square, Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, curated by Iwona Blazwick and Magnus Petersens, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2015); and a major presentation of work as part of The Shadow of Color, curated by Rita Kersting, now showing at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016/2017). In 2017 Clark will be included in Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2017).