Luiz Camillo Osorio appointed Brazilian representative curator at the Venice Biennale//php the_author(); ?> October 17, 2014
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....read more
“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.
PIPA 2014 Finalists Exhibition | On view//php the_author(); ?> October 10, 2014
(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....read more
2014 Special videos series | Interview with Daniela Labra//php the_author(); ?> October 3, 2014
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....read more
“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//php the_author(); ?> September 26, 2014
This week we released three video interviews....read more
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//php the_author(); ?> September 24, 2014
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?”...read more
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//php the_author(); ?> September 23, 2014
“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?”...read more
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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Schedule | From 18th to 24th October//php the_author(); ?> October 17, 2014
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.
Last days to see Henrique Oliveira’s installation//php the_author(); ?> October 24, 2014
(Chaumont-sur-Loire, France) Both a painter and sculptor who produces pieces that pack an exceptional visual and artistic punch, Henrique Oliveira uses a cheap material that is commonplace in Brazil: plywood, or wood used in hoardings. He usually weaves the subject of architecture somewhere into his work, marrying its forms, hollows and cracks, and his sculptures share common ground with collage and assemblage.
ArtBO 2014 | See the highlights for the Bogota International Art Fair//php the_author(); ?> October 24, 2014
(Bogota, Colombia) Each year the fair invites national and foreign galleries to create a high quality exhibition in which both expert and general public can enjoy works of art. Apart from the commercial aspect of the fair, it also offers a wide cultural, academic programme that aims to make art more accessible to broader audiences. Daniel Acosta and Hector Zamora have developed projects exclusively for the fair under the theme “The aesthetic use of the object”.
Last days | “Dust Never Sleeps”, installation by Cinthia Marcelle//php the_author(); ?> October 24, 2014
(Vienna, Austria) For her installation Cinthia transforms the exhibition space into a seemingly abandoned place where everything is covered in black soot. The sense of confinement in the neatly clean walkway and the manifestly unstable condition of the installation, which consists of loose powder, produce a palpable tension; the sharp line separating the two areas, meanwhile, establishes an exterior within the interior. Also on view is diptych “The Tempest”, which brings the theme of ostensible failure or misfortune into play.
Opening | “Studio Butterfly and other fables”, solo show by Virginia de Medeiros//php the_author(); ?> October 23, 2014
(São Paulo, Brazil) Virginia de Medeiros’ oeuvre is composed of fables. It is made of stories created to discuss people and things that matter to her and move her. The oldest of the three fables in this exhibition is entitled “Studio Butterfly”, the outcome of a lasting relationship between the artist and several transvestites in Salvador, near her city of birth where she lived during the crucial time in life where one’s ties with the world are established.
Last days | “Animattack”, solo show by Bruno Vilela//php the_author(); ?> October 23, 2014
(Recife, Brazil) The exhibition title is a word formed by other two: Anima and Attack. The artist was inspired by the term Anima, proposed by Carl Jung, who sees it as a sort of goddess, a metaphor for this spirit that represents the male unconscious. Through this perspective, the figures of Mother Goddess, sorcerers, witches and saints, present in hundred civilizations for ages, in several religions.
FIAC 2014 | See the highlights of Paris International Contemporary Art Fair//php the_author(); ?> October 22, 2014
(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.