Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s

Feb 11–Jun 3, 2012

Cildo Meireles’s restrained sculptures take commonplace objects to haunting ends. The lyrical abstraction of Desaparecimentos (Disappearances), a work comprising ten magician’s wands attended by filmy white scarves that progressively disappear, offers a subtle testament to the political reality of “disappearances” in Meireles’s native Brazil, where government-sponsored torture and murder claimed countless victims under the country’s military regime. Like his Latin American contemporaries Doris Salcedo and Eugenio Dittborn (whose work is also on view in this gallery), Meireles uses silence and understatement as a strategy for making art under a dictatorship.