Tropicália, Penetrables PN 2 ‘Purity is a myth’ and PN 3 ‘Imagetical’

 
 
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Tropicália, Penetrables PN 2 ‘Purity is a myth’ and PN 3 ‘Imagetical’ 1966–7 is a large-scale installation that consist of a sand floor with a winding path of gravel. Tropical plants in terracotta pots, and a metal cage with two parrots that emulate the tropics, and two Penetrabels, PN2 and PN3, made of wooden walls painted in bright primary colors reminiscent of the Bahaus, and the palette of modernist artist Piet Mondrian. Tropicália was first shown in Oiticica's exhibition Nova Objetividade Brasileira en 1967, challenging ideas of modernity by presenting the informal architecture of favelas (slums) in the gallery space and inviting the viewer to experience a poetic physical and sensual environment which makes references to the Brazilian way of life.