‘Polyphony from Campania’ makes its debut at the Luciana Brito Gallery in San Paolo

‘Polifonia Campana’ attests to the multipurpose vision of the brothers

In its new headquarters in São Paulo, Luciana Brito Galeria presents its first exposure from Fernando and Umberto Campana titled ‘Campanian Polyphony’. Overall, about fifty works, most exhibited for the first time, occupy the whole of the gallery spaces, in direct dialogue with the period residence designed by the architect Rino Levi and the 1958 landscape by Burle Max, activating its living characteristics and creating contrasts through the juxtaposition of materials. The gallery is thus transformed, presenting, for the first time, the plurality of ‘DNA Campana’.

Polifonia Campana highlights not only the versatility of the Campana brothers, but also the representativeness of their continuous and coherent path, rooted in the truth of the materials, built by the artists in almost forty years of work. […] The word Campana, which means ‘bell’ in Italian, reverberates in the title ‘Polifonia Campana’ in a visual sonority that transposes our senses and evokes the Brazilian identity through the materials, shapes, colors and textures,’ writes Luciana Brito Galeria.


all images © Edouard Fraipont

where Brazilian vernacular meets modernism

This recent collaboration with Luciana Brito Galeria is the first for the siblings. By renewing its programs and exhibitions, the gallery he moved to the Residência Castor Delgado Perez, an imposing building designed in 1958 by the architect Rino Levi, together with the Brazilian master Roberto Burle Marx, for its extraordinary gardens. All the rooms host works that establish a dialogue between the vernacular – the common thread in the compositions of the Campana brothers – and the modernist design of the house. Interestingly, materials such as charcoal, bamboo and Styrofoam reveal counterpoints with classic elements such as concrete, glass and wood.

The artistic plurality of the Campana brothers comes to life at the Luciana Brito Galeria exhibition in San Paolo
‘Sofa Crater’ (2022)

As one of the highlights of the exhibition, Fernando and Humberto Campana have developed a brand new series of terracotta pieces to occupy the gallery’s annexed space. Entitled ‘Sopro na argila’, the collection presents tables and lamps that recover not only the Brazilian regional typology, but also the affective memory of the artists.

Returning to their origins in Brotas, these works revisit Campana’s relationships with his surroundings during his childhood and adolescence and the discovery of one of the earliest materials in their repertoire: clay. Essential in Brazilian vernacular culture, clay receives contemporary tones in the hands of the artist duo, elevating it from the banal to the original. The manifestation of materials has always guided the research of the Campana brothers, conferring identity and revealing stories.

In addition to the clay series, the exhibition highlights ‘Sofá Cratera’ (2022), handcrafted in leather and polystyrene, for the Modernist Room, the ‘Babel’ lamp (2022), the ‘Cobogó’ tables (2020) and ‘Botânica ‘ installation (2022) which connects the room to the garden through its transparency. Finally, in the former bedroom, the ‘Corallo’ bed (2019) and the ‘Espelho Carvão’ mirror (2022) give the finishing touch to the most private space in the house. For their part, the gardens of Burle Marx receive the bronze bell “Campana de Carvão” (2022), as well as the stainless steel vases “Cocar” (2022), the vase “Foguete” (2022) and “Eterea I” ( 2022), at the entrance to the gallery.

The artistic plurality of the Campana brothers comes to life at the Luciana Brito Galeria exhibition in San Paolo
‘Corallo’ bed (2019) and ‘Espelho Carvão’ mirror (2022)

In addition to the design, the set of works also includes stand-alone works that attest to the creative independence of the brothers individually, such as the structures of Fernando Campana, which involve the combination of different and contrasting materials such as lead, plastic, wood and resin, as well as a selection of drawings on paper.

The work of the ‘Fratelli Campana transcends the boundaries of our daily lives and our design practices. With the ability to venture into other fields and to experiment with new techniques, the duo ranges from industrial design for major international furniture brands to limited edition pieces, from materials research to the creation of authentic works of art. Their irrational approach and ethical design vision lead to limited use of technology and favor recycled resources. Here we see a departure from a rigid interpretation of design, materials and construction processes that characterizes each of their productions,’ continue the gallery.

The artistic plurality of the Campana brothers comes to life at the Luciana Brito Galeria exhibition in San Paolo
Clay series ‘Sopro na argila’ (2022)

a deeper dive into the duo’s 40-year boundless expression

Since 1984, designers have been creating iconic products using recycled and natural ‘ingredients’ in a triumph of shapes and colours. Considering the ingenuity, the use of unusual fabrics and real plush, and the short circuit between message and form, it can be said that the story of Campana is a Brazilian story, which somehow represents the fascinating and peculiar mix of cultures of the country.

Estúdio Campana, based in the residential area of ​​Vila Anglo-Brasileira of São Paulo, has always given various forms and various meanings to the word ‘transformation’ by transforming ordinary objects into precious objects. Now, with the unfolding of ‘Polifonia Campana’, the public witnesses a real transformation of a collection of objects into a collection of works of art.

The artistic plurality of the Campana brothers comes to life at the Luciana Brito Galeria exhibition in San Paolo
Clay series ‘Sopro na argila’ (2022)

The site-specific works, in fact, present a plurality of types of pieces, materials, processes and techniques in an assortment in which their entire career can be read, once again reflecting a bridge between the disciplines of art and design. From the Terracotta pieces, a series of primitive-looking clay tables in a material much appreciated by the Campanas, to the surreal and wild ‘Esse’ bench, which includes the beloved brass animals on both sides, inspired by nature from the 70s. one centimeter high ‘Babel’, to the almost two meter high ‘Cocar’ vase, a piece of stainless steel reminiscent of some indigenous crowns. Another feature of Hereo is the use of a lightweight fabric for the ‘Botânica’ curtain with its vibrant fuchsia and purple color blocks

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