Cybèle Varela


  • Edited by Ana Magalhães, Ariane Varela Braga
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 24 x 29 cm
  • Pages 256
  • Illustrations 210
  • Language English, Portuguese
  • Year 2023
  • ISBN 9788836652617
  • Price € 30,00  € 28,50
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Cybèle Varela (born in Petrópolis, 1943) is one of the key figures of New Figuration in Brazil. The essays and interview included in this volume shed new light on Varela’s emergence in the 1960s Brazilian and 1970s French art scenes. They examine her unique approach to the exploration of Pop Art visuality by considering the role played by mass culture, social and political issues, as well as transnational experiences in the making of the artist’s early production. The volume also explores Varela’s contribution to international artistic discourses, including Pop Art, Narrative Figuration, Photography and Video Art.

Ariane Varela Braga is art historian and fellow at the Academy of France in Rome - Villa Medici (2022/23). Her research deals with the relationships between visual arts, architecture and material culture, from the 19th century to the present day, in a transnational perspective.

Ana Magalhães is art historian, curator, professor and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo (MAC USP). Specialized in the study of 20th century art, her research focuses on visual arts following a transnational approach.


Bus Trip
Frédéric Paul

Cybèle Varela in the MAC USP Collection
Ana Magalhães

Of What is Enclosed in our Youthful Chest
Paulo Miyada

“Of All That Can Be”,
Transition and Freedom in the Work of Cybèle Varela
Camila Bechelany

Cybèle Varela
Photography as an Idea
Rosa Olivares

Cybèle’s Women: Representations of the Feminine between the 1960s and Today
Carolina Vieira Filippini Curi

“Nobody Gave Me a Ride”: Interview with Cybèle Varela
Isabella Lenzi and Yuji Kawasima

Yasmine Gerbase and Ariane Varela Braga


Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

Group Exhibitions (Selection, excluding art fairs)

Museums and Institutional Collections

Bibliography (Selection)