Tropicalism was an avant-garde Brazilian cultural movement of the 60s, which deeply marked various forms of artistic expression, such as music, cinema, theater, poetry, plastic arts, architecture and design.

The power of this movement, guided by freedom, creativity and modernity, quickly spread around the world, influencing emblematic European designers such as Charlotte Perriand who met Oscar Niemeyer after working with Le Corbusier and Lucio Costa for the design of Maison du Brésil, in Paris. Perriand was inspired by the variety of Brazilian woods, a raw material native to the country’s tropical nature.

“Tropicalismo”, an exhibition inaugurated a few days ago from FIAC, at Galerie Downtown, presents the furniture created by Perriand for her apartment, which mixes local Brazilian woods with the lines of his European furniture.

In front of the 1962 “en forme libre”, drawings and collages by the icon of Brazilian architecture, Oscar Niemeyer, and creations by Zanine Caldas make up the exhibition, attracting guests from François Laffanour, such as gallery owners Kamel Mennour and Jacques Lacoste, the artist Johan Creten, Pierre Hardy and the Ambassador of Brazil in France, Mr. Paulo Cesar de Oliveira Campos.