PIPA News

  • Luiz Camillo Osorio appointed Brazilian representative curator at the Venice Biennale

    Luiz Camillo Osorio, art critic, MAM-Rio curator and PIPA Board member will be leading the Brazilian pavilion at the Italian show. This was published in newspaper Folha de S. Paulo and came as a surprise to all expecting British curator Charles Esche – curator in charge of the Bienal de São Paulo, currently on view – to be the chosen representative by the Bienal Foundation, institution responsible for the nomination.
    “We looked for a Brazilian curator, who identified with the works here. The idea is to always experiment with new things”, says Luis Terepins, Foundation president. Read the full article, translated to English here.

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  • PIPA 2014 Finalists Exhibition | On view

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The PIPA 2014 exhibition, with works by this year’s edition four finalists Alice Miceli, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Thiago Martins de Melo and Wagner Malta Tavares, is open to the public at Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro. They are artist with varied medias, languages and origins. Alice presents a brand new work comprising 11 photographs made during a research in a minefield in countryside Cambodia. The work “´(” by Mangrané is a kind of curtain with shapes inspired by the Museum architecture. Melo presents five canvases that together make a large-scale cross, as well as two sculptures. WMT shows “Turbulência nos trópicos” ["Turbulence in the tropics"], brand new installation consisting of a projection, audio and electrical connections. Visit the exhibition and vote on your favourite artist.

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  • 2014 Special videos series | Interview with Daniela Labra

    Opening this year’s special videos series, curator Daniela Labra tells us how the discovery of artistic performance led her from theatre to contemporary art and says what she believes to be the artists’s work today.
    “Producing art is thinking of creative alternatives to live in the contemporary world. What interests me to be working with art is talking about art and also the critical thinking, reflective and even political possibilities in art.The fact that you make art and develop an artistic thought in a world focused on materialism and on productivity, that’s an act of resistance.”
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  • Watch this week’s video interviews: Bruno Schultze, Felipe Prando and Runo Lagomarsino

    This week we released three video interviews.
    Bruno Schultze tells a bit about his artistic trajectory: “After years in Germany, I started missing Brazil a lot so I ended up coming back.” From this homecoming stems a portrait series of Guarani natives, that the artist met during a trip through Serra do Mar. Schultze relates this photographic series with an old desire, back when he worked as a commercial photographer in Germany.
    Felipe Prando weighs in that in Brazil there is not a proper contemporary art medium, but rather multiple contexts of what one can call a contemporary art medium. “This is the starting point to develop my work.”
    For Runo Lagomarsino, there are always some questions that keep coming back in his works. Themes closely related to geopolitics, an idea of history and movement. To illustrate this aspect, Lagomarsino mentions the work “Trans Atlantic”: sun-burned paper sheets that crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat. To him, this theme is a combination of a personal, political and historical interests.
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  • Nominated artist interview | Runo Lagomarsino

    Runo Lagomarsino was born in Sweden to exiled Argentines and works between Malmö and São Paulo. In his video-interview he replies to Alejandra Muñoz who asks: “In general, in your activity, how does a new artistic project start?”
    For the artist, there are always some questions that keep coming back, that he pursues. Themes closely related to geopolitics, an idea of history and movement. To illustrate this aspect, Lagomarsino mentions the work “Trans Atlantic”: sun-burned paper sheets that crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat. To him, this theme is a combination of a personal, political and historical interests.
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  • Interview with nominated artist Bruno Schultze

    “My work derives from my life, it is a continuum. There is no next work. The next work is derived from the last one”. This is how the photographer Bruno Schultze starts his answer to critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “In general, in your activity, how does a new artistic project start?”
    Born in Stuttgart and raised in São Paulo, Schultze tells a bit about his artistic trajectory: “After years in Germany, I started missing Brazil a lot so I ended up coming back.” From this homecoming stems a portrait series of Guarani natives, that the artist met during a trip through Serra do Mar.
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Weekly Agenda

  • Schedule | From 18th to 24th October

    Several Brazilian artists have developed projects and brand new works for the Vancouver Biennale, currently on view. Otavio Schipper presents his installation “Mechanical Unconscious” for the first time in London. Erika Verzutti is featured in Swiss exhibition “Salon Distingué: Household effects in good company”, in Baden. In Recife, Northeast Brazil, Bruno Varela presents a new series of paintings through the solo exhibition “Animattack”. Last days to see “Sabotagem”, an installation conceived by artists Leticia Ramos and Marcia Xavier for Casa da Imagem, in São Paulo. On view in Rio, the group show “Figura Humana” gathers artworks that focus on the human body representation through varied medias, by artists such as Camila Soato, Daniel Lannes, Danielle Carcav, Fábio Baroli, Marcelo Amorim, Rodrigo Bivar, Rodrigo Cunha, Thiago Martins de Melo and Vânia Mignone. Check out the full agenda for this week of exhibitions and events related to PIPA artists, Nominating Committee members, Board members, MAM-Rio and relevant information about art in Brazil and abroad.


Art Circuit

  • FIAC 2014 | See the highlights of Paris International Contemporary Art Fair

    (Paris, France) Giving continuity to the art fair season, Paris hosts from the 23rd to 26th October the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC), one of the world’s leading fairs for contemporary art. The event’s 41st edition features nearly two hundred galleries from 26 different countries, including Fortes Vilaça and Mendes Wood DM.

  • Group exhibition examines gold through varied artistic approaches

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Carla Zaccagnini, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Felipe Cohen, Laura Vinci, Otavio Schipper, Tatiana Blass, Vanderlei Lopes and many more artists present brand new and recent works in the group show “Ouro”, which explores the relationship of the precious metal – one of the main components in Brazil history and eternal object of desire in the popular imaginary – with the country’s creativity.

  • Last days | “Chora Chuva”, installation project by Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima

    (Vancouver, Canada) Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima had to create a project based on the figurative definition of “Be at a crossroads”, ie, a point in a story or drama when a conflict reaches its highest tension and must be resolved. A crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made. A crucial point, a turning point.

  • 2nd Montevideo Biennial features works by Cao Guimarães, Marcelo Moscheta and Maurício Ianês

    (Montevideo, Uruguay) This edition’s theme, “500 Years of Future”, questions the very definition of time and the way artists approach it. In view of the large-scale eradication of history and the past due to the colonization, it is little wonder that the future, too, had to be postponed again and again in South America. This applies especially to Brazil, the eternal “country of the future”. If this future has perhaps now come within range for the first time in recent years, then this fact is largely due to a cultural acceleration in which the art biennials have played no small part. We would be well advised, therefore, to conceive of the future as a vision of the artists.

  • Opening | “Diagonal Section”, installation by Marcius Galan

    (Paris, France) “Diagonal Section” is an apparently illusionist work by Marcius Galan that enables the visitor to pass “through the looking glass”, taking him on an initiatory journey. A work of great simplicity, this on-site installation features a symbolic obstacle – insurmountable in principle – that only the bravest – or the most reckless – will succeed in overcoming. The artist proposes here a play on the perception (physical or mental) of our surrounding space. The intent is to deceive our senses: the work seems to dematerialise under our very eyes.

  • Jonathas de Andrade and Laura Lima featured through Dutch museum project

    (Maastricht, Netherlands) Laura Lima has been awarded the BACA, Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary Art due to the quality of her work and influence on other artists. She will develop a show for the institution. Prompted by the BACA Award, the museum is exhibiting “40 Nego Bom é um Real”, by Jonathas de Andrade. Based on the production process of this nego bom (the name literally means ‘good black’ and has racial connotations), he shows how in the social, political and ideological reality of Brazilian society, difficult issues are preferably ‘forgotten’.

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