ArtRio Carioca opens this week, showcasing 22 galleries based in Rio de Janeiro

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) In the hopes of expanding the art calendar of the city, the international fair ArtRio presents, this Thursday, December 8th, the first edition of ArtRio Carioca. Way smaller than its official counterpart, the event takes place at Village Mall and features 22 exhibitors, all of them based in Rio de Janeiro. The event has also presented a series of open talks, the last of which happens tomorrow, December 6th, where panelists Waltercio Caldas and Álvaro Piquet will discuss the theme “Collecting Art”.

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“New Shamans” brings to Miami the major issues of Brazil

(Miami, USA) The Rubell Family Collection Museum presents—timed to Art Basel Miami Beach—the exhibition “New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists”. The show is a result of the Rubells’ extensive research trips to Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and features works which address universal environmental, social and political concerns by 12 up-and-coming artists: Lucas Arruda, Thiago Martins de Melo, Sonia Gomes, André Komatsu, Daniel Steegman Mangrané, Maria Nepomuceno, Solange Pessoa, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Marina Rheingantz, Eli Sudbrack, Erika Verzutti and PIPA Prize 2016 winner Paulo Nazareth.


MAM-Rio opens two exhibitions that address the Museum’s institutional history

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), opens, this Saturday, December 3rd, two exhibitions: “Todo ideal nasce vago”, by Eloá Carvalho, and “Attension”, by Carlos Zilio, a play between the words “attention” and “tension”. Both shows are intrinsically related to the institutional memory of the Museum, although in very different ways: while MAM-Rio’s history works as inspiration for Eloá’s paintings, Zilio literally reenacts it. After all, “Attension” is an identical version of the show of the same name that occupied MAM-Rio exactly 40 years ago.


Lucia Laguna opens her latest solo show, “While I drink the water, the water drinks me”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The artistic path trailed by Lucia Laguna, PIPA Prize nominee in 2011 and 2015, is quite an unusual one. Having worked as a school teacher until she was 52 years old, it was only after she retired that, enrolling in the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage (EAV), she started painting. Laguna rapidly became something of a phenomenon in the arts world, exhibiting her works in renowned institutions from around the globe. “While I drink the water, the water drinks me” is the latest addition to this list: curated by Clarissa Diniz and Cadu, PIPA Prize 2013 winner, this is her first time at the Museum of Art of Rio (MAR).


In “Fundos”, Lucia Koch transforms the experience of space

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) PIPA Prize 2011 nominee Lucia Koch opens this Saturday, December 3rd, the exhibition “Fundos” at Studio-X Rio. The spot is one of the Latin American bases of the homonymous project run by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. Coordinating eight other laboratories spread all over the planet, the project aims to explore the future of cities. An investigation that has everything to do with Koch’s work, focused in transforming the way people experience the space that surrounds them.


A journey to Piauí through the eyes of seven artists

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) It took 12 days by car to get to the Parnaíba Delta all the way from the interior of the state of Piauí. The result of the journey, undertook by artists Alexandre Canonico, Bruno Dunley, Isabel Diegues, Luis Barbieri, Marina Rheingantz—PIPA Prize 2015 finalist—, Mauro Restiffe and Paloma Bosquê, can be seen in the opening of “Projeto Piauí”. Happening this Saturday, November 26th, at the Jacaranda art space in Villa Aymoré, the show features photographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings and sound installations that, born on the road, constitute an ode to “de-mechanizing the gaze”.


“Toda percepción es una interpretación” invites visitors to put a responsive mind to work

(Miami, USA) “Toda percepción es una interpretación: YOU ARE PART OF IT”, CIFO Art Space’s newest exhibition, invites visitors to participate actively in the show—not only with their bodies, but also with their minds. Curated by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa and Katrin Steffen, the show exhibits “exceptional toys, actions, game inventors and players” by over forty artists from 19 different countries. Among them, icons such as Lygia Pape, Helio Oiticica and Marcel Duchamp are put together with up and coming artists, such as PIPA Prize 2012 winner Marcius Galan.


Two Brazilian artists participate in the 13th Cuenca Biennial

(Cuenca, Ecuador) Two Brazilian artists—both PIPA Prize nominees—will participate in the 13th Cuenca Biennial: Lucia Koch, in a joint project with the art collective Al Borde, formed by four Ecuadorian architects, and Henrique Oliveira. Aside from them, 48 artists from 27 countries participate in this year’s edition of the Biennial, which has as its central theme “Impermanence: the mutation of art in a materialistic society”. The Biennial starts this Friday, November 25th, and runs until the beginning of February.


Art Basel Miami Beach | Sixteen Brazilian galleries participate in this year’s edition

(Miami, USA) As the end of year approaches, so does one of the art world’s favorite fairs: Art Basel Miami Beach starts next Thursday, December 1st. Reaching its fourteenth edition, the event gathers over 200 of the leading international modern and contemporary art galleries—amongst which 16 are Brazilian—distributed along nine different sectors. Moreover, this year’s edition features works produced by a number of PIPA Prize nominees, such as the finalists Cinthia Marcelle, Laercio Redondo and Wagner Malta Tavares.


Rosângela Rennó presents her new solo show, “Espírito de tudo”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The work of Rosângela Rennó is often based on the re-appropriation (and transformation) of anonymous images and memories, somehow buried in the past. It’s the spirits of these people that populate—assuming the shape of photos, videos, smells and sounds—the artist’s newest solo show, “Espírito de Tudo” [Spirit of Everything]. Curated by Evangelina Seiler, the exhibition is on view at Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, until January 29th of next year.

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