PIPA News

  • Interview with PIPA 2015 Nominated Artists | Meet Ana Ruas

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    Annually, artists who take part in PIPA Prize are invited to record an exclusive video-interview. With them, we learn more about the artists, their careers, ideas and motivations. Today, we release the second interview with PIPA 2015 nominated artists. Ana Ruas is a PIPA nominee for the first time this year and gave an exclusive interview for the Prize. The artist lives in Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, state bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia. In the video, Ruas talks about how the place where she lives is an invitation for her artistic practice, which provokes the viewer with visual games.

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  • Member of the Nominating Committee in PIPA Prize’s first edition, Luiz Braga takes part in the prize as a nominated artist

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    Graduated in Architechture by Federal University of Pará, Luiz Braga started in photography at the age of eleven. Up until 1981, he photographed mainly in black and white. After this phase, he discovered the vibrant colors of the vernacular Amazonian landscape and, by invitation of the National Arts Foundation, he travelled throughout the region and improved his photographic repertoire. In 2009, he was one of Brazil’s representatives in the 53rd edition of the Venice Biennial, in Italy. Former member of the Nominating Committee, responsible for nominating artists to PIPA, in the first edition of the Prize, Braga takes part this year as a nominated artist. Access the recently created page to learn more about the artist’s career and works.

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  • Interview with PIPA 2015 Nominated Artists | Meet Gabriel Giucci

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    Every year, PIPA Nominated Artists are invited to record an exclusive interview for the Prize. With them, we learn more about the artists, their careers, ideas and motivations. Today, we release the first interview with artists nominated for the sixth edition of the Prize. We talked with Gabriel Giucci, from Rio de Janeiro, but born in the United States. “Born in Princeton, lives in New York. This guy shouldn’t be running for the Prize’. I’m sure that some people thought this way, but what really happened was that I was only born here. (…) I stayed in the United States six months since I was born until I had conditions to move back to Brazil, and then I lived my whole life in Rio.” Learn more about the career and history of the artist.

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  • “So much that it doesnt’t fit here” occupies the Brazilian Pavilion at the 56th edition of Venice Biennial

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    The exhibition presents works by three Brazilian artists and is highlighted by national and international Press. Numerous Brazilian newspapers mentioned the success of the show, while English newspaper The Guardian included the installation “Nave”, by Antonio Manuel, among the best works featured in the Biennial. Responsible for the curatorship of the Pavilion, Luiz Camillo Osorio gave an exclusive interview for the Biennial website, and Berna Reale – who takes part in the show along with Antonio Manuel and André Komatsu – gave an interview to Arterial channel. Read these and other informations about the event. watch the interviews and see images of the exhibited works.

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  • Watch an interview with Luiz Camillo Osorio to the Venice Biennial website

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    (Venice, Italy) The Brazilian Pavilion at Venice Biennial holds the show “So much that it doesnt’t fit here”, with works by André Komatsu, Antonio Manuel and Berna Reale. The Brazilian Pavilion exhibition curator and PIPA Counselor, Luiz Camillo Osorio, gave an exclusive interview to the Biennial website, where he talks about the artists and their respective works: “All the works are dealing a very poetical and strong, symbolic metaphors about these divisions, about the conflicts in Brazil and also about the liberty of the artists, how they can represent a different horizon, a different attitude to transform a society and the future”. Watch the video.

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  • Interview with Alice Miceli at Residency Unlimited, in New York

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    As part of the award for winning PIPA 2014, Alice Micelli is now in New York, taking part in the artistic residency program of Residency Unlimited, in Brooklyn. In this video, the first of a series where we will follow up her residency period, the artist talks about the space where she lives now (sharing with another photographer), how she enjoys the structure of Residency Unlimites and the project she is currently developing, which is a sequel of her work presented last year at PIPA Exhibition. Watch the video.

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Weekly Agenda

  • Schedule | 23rd to 29th May

    This weekend in Rio de Janeiro, the special program CIGA – Art Galleries Integrated Circuit presents new exhibitions by artists, such as Camila Soato, Chiara Banfi and Gustavo Speridião, in numerous galleries of the city. In São Paulo, the 5th Marcantonio Vilaça Nominees group show is still on view, with over 23 artists. “fontes e sequestros”, solo show by Renata Lucas, is on view in Germany. The exhibition deals with the urban environment. 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

  • This week at MAM-Rio

    The brand new installation by Damián Ortega, “O Fim da Matéria” ["The End of the Matter"], is on view with a polystyrene cube is transformed by a group of anonymous sculptors during the exhibition. The sculptures work as an inventory of the sculpture history. Images somehow in the directory, collective unconscious or men imaginary, in which the history of humanity becomes an allegory. “To see and be seen” uses the Museum’s collection as a guiding element for the idea that all artworks are constructed from emptiness. At the Museum’s Cinematheque, last days of the Ingmar Bergman special, with “All These Women”, “In the Presence of a Clown” and “The Passion of Anna”. See the full Museum programme, the Cinematheque calendar and screening times and the Education and Art activities.

  • Lecture by Carla Zaccagnini presents on-going research about the book “Brazil: Land of the Future”

    (Malmö, Sweden) The book ‘Brazil: Land of the Future’ exalts the already notorious immensity of the country’s territory and its natural resources, but it also praises the supposed characteristics of its inhabitants who, ‘under the imperceptibly depressing influence of the weather, grow less impulsive strength, less vehemence, less dynamism…’. It seems to be in this lack of potency created by heat that the promise lives of a ‘future civilization’ in which humanity will live in peace. Not through a struggled solution of injustices, therefore, but due to a natural dissolution of forces. Carla Zaccagnini presents this weekend a research about this book and the context in which it was published.

  • On view | “It’s Gonna Rain”, solo show by Cadu

    (Nowy Sącz, Poland) The title of the exhibition is derived from the piece of music by Steve Reich, who in 1965 achieved the effect of a mechanical loop, replaying on two reel-to-reel tape recorders the words ‘it’s gonna rain’. Formally, the piece was a precursor of electronic music. Cadu’s attitude to modernist music is entirely empirical. The artist is fascinated by borderline sound and spatial forms that transcend the instrument itself.  Cadu derives rhythm from the repetition of contrasts; he finds it in natural cycles and in marking out topographic and distance pointers. A childlike curiosity and experimental instinct returns in Cadu’s works in the shape of toy mechanisms, modified to suit new meanings, as well as in natural history experiments and recycled materials.

  • Chiara Banfi presents special concert as part of her new solo show, “Fiume Achates”

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Tomorrow, Chiara Banfi performs a live concert with musicians Domenico Lancellotti and Bruno di Lullo during her new solo show, “Fiume Achates”. Together, they are the band “Dissonâmbulos”, which the main goal is to explore the diverse sonorities present in the sound sculptures created by the artist, permeating the presentation with songs that appear and disappear in the sound waves.

  • Opening | “Lona”, solo show by Gustavo Speridião

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The exhibition title is extracted from the support used by the artist, cotton canvas, and the paintings are exposed without frames, attached directly to the wall, “in a simple assembly”, tells the artist. In the ground floor of the gallery, fourteen paintings with dimensions of 2m x 7m each one, and in the terrace, four canvasses, shaped with 5,9m x 2m to 1,8m x 1m. The series are a development of the work by Gustavo Speridião, who has politics and painting as a main focus: “exploring the pictorial plan and politic questions, using paint, coal and collages (words, abstractions and posters)”.

  • Homer’s “Odyssey” is the main inspiration for Afonso Tostes’ new solo show

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) In his brand new work, “Das Amarras”, Afonso Tostes included a series of nine oil paintings dedicated to the imagery of blaze and bonfire, alluding to its ancestral use as a sign of communication among men. The seminal image of the fire had then been harvested from its remotest scene, its first painting, delineated by the words of Homer, from where the artist saw the outbreak of the image and idea of the flame as signal and announcement of the victory of the Greeks in Troy.

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