Le Monde highlights Berna Reale in a exhibition in Portugal

This week, the French newspaper’s blog Le Monde published an article about the exhibition “Artists Engaged? Maybe,” the contemporary culture program “Next Future” at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Portugal.

Amongst other artists the newspaper highlights Berna Reale.

To view the full story click here.

Below free translations of article’s excerpts:

The Gulbenkian Foundation, leading actor of Lisbon’s art scene has many facets, beyond its classical art, oriental or decorative collections. One of them is the “Próximo Futuro” ["Next Future"] program, which focuses on contemporary art from Africa and Latin America (and Europe), with as lectures, performances, films. The current exhibition (until September 7) has a misleading title: “Artistas Comprometidos? Talvez?” ["Committed artists? Maybe"]. It is expected a rather political and social thought, and a questioning of the distancing of the artist in relation to its commitment. Without doubt this is a problem present in some works, but more difficult to identify in others, or more second degree: as said Curator Antônio Pinto Ribeiro, politics should not be the sponsor, but the subject. This is probably what dictated my favorites, among the pieces presented, and especially the videos.

More committed, more brutal are filmed performances of the Brazilian artist Berna Reale (which is also a criminal expert), who speak of power, violence, and victims. In “Ordinario”, she collects human remains of missing persons and transports them into a wagon tray (such as those on which the dead were carried along on the battlefield) through the potholed streets of the Brazilian city of Belém do Pará, all dressed in black, tragic death angel. In “Palomo”, riding a red horse, dressing a policeman uniform completed with a visor / muzzle, she patrols the downtown streets, and “Soledade”, wearing a chic suit, Berna Reale leads a chariot of pigs in the streets of a neighborhood famous for its drug market. These rituals seemingly conjure up an absurd irony of chaos, a tragic poetry of violence. A name to remember.


For more information about the exhibition “Engaged Artists? Maybe”  click here.

PIPA 2014 Finalists in the news

Read below a free translation of the text published, today, June 6th, at Eu&Fim de Semana magazine of Valor Econômico newspaper.

Brazilian team of contemporary art
One of the country mains prize, Pipa announce finalists. By Jacílio Saraiva, for the Valor, from São Paulo.

Among the four finalists of the 5th edition of Investidor Professional Art Prize (Pipa), announced today, there is a carioca ( born in Rio de Janeiro) who lives and works in Berlin and New York, a Catalan who lives in Rio and artists of Maranhao ( Northeast Brazil) and Sao Paulo. All are represented by galleries in Brazil and have been nominated in other editions of the Prize. Alice Miceli, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Thiago Martins de Mello and Wagner Malta Tavares (WMT) run for cash prizes and an artistic residence in the USA. The winner will be announced on November 5th.
The award is a partnership of IP Capital Partners, an asset management company, and the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). The idea is to highlight emerging artists. “It is not open for applications,” says Lucrecia Vinhaes, coordinator of PIPA. “The names are defined by a Nominating Committee.” This committee was composed of 31 professional Brazilian art experts, from all regions of the country, and foreign experts on national contemporary art. This year, there were 66 nominees.
An exhibition with the work of the four finalists happens at MAM-Rio in September. “The Pipa is part of the curatorial program of the museum, in its task to expose and stimulate young artists,” says Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of MAM. “The finalists of each issue donate a piece to our collection, reinforcing an acquisition strategy and institutional strengthening. ”
The finalists run for two award categories. In the main, the winner is chosen by a jury, whose formation is revealed on October 22nd, and receives R$100,000. Around R$25,000 is used to fund a residency program, lasting three months in New York. The Award Jury members will choose the winner based on their portfolios and the works exhibited in the MAM. The second prize (R$20,000) is defined by popular vote, by the audience who visit the museum in Rio.
Among the nominees, Melo, 33, is already preparing for the next Biennial ( São Paulo), which will show a huge installation. Represented by the gallery Mendes Wood, in São Paulo, he has work in museum collections in Brazil and abroad, such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, in Vienna. “I work with painting and currently I am dedicating myself to experiment with sculpture,” he says. He is showing works in the traveling exhibition “Imagine Brazil”, which started in Oslo and goes through France. “The awards are important for the visibility they provide. If I win, I intend to use it as a financial complement in works production. ”
Also in the portfolio of Mendes Wood, Mangrané uses common objects, as oranges, and natural materials such as leaves, to create and make his works. Born in Barcelona, ​​the 37 year old artist lives in Rio and is also on the team of Nuno Centeno Gallery in Portugal, and in the German Esther Schipper. He participated in the Bienal de São Paulo (2012), and the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (2013). “I use mainly drawing, photography, sculpture and film,” he says. “I work in collaboration with technology companies in creating three-dimensional images.”
Mangrané attended the Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador, where he did work with the German philosopher Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, which investigates the relationships between design and knowledge, by means of books by authors from areas such as biology and mathematics. In October, happens the first retrospective of his career, with 15 years of production, at the museum Crac Alsace, France. He said the prize money offered by Pipa is an opportunity to work away from the pressures of the market.
The São Paulo Tavares, 50, works with sculpture, video, photography, performance and design. “Just do not paint.” Recently performed an intervention in downtown São Paulo, in three areas of the City Museum: the Beco do Pinto, the Solar da Marquesa and the Casa da Imagem. The “Scent of Princess’ work was made with zinc pipe, 300 feet long, that went through the rooms, climbing walls and stairs.At some points, exhaust fans gave off scents of flowers and human odors. In April, ended his solo at his gallery – Marilia Razuk, with photos, videos and sculptures. This month, he will take part in an group exhibition in Linz, Austria.
Beyond this year, the Rio born Alice Miceli, 34, was also nominated for Pipa in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She called circuit attention when she attended the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, in 2010, with 30 images taken at the border between Ukraine and Belarus, in ancient Belarus, a region known for the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor. Now preparing for the second individual, scheduled for 2015, at the gallery Nara Roesler, who takes care of her career. “Photography is a way of exploring the meanings of impenetrable spaces, are exclusion zones or minefields, articulating ways to recover the past and ‘re-imagining’ the future of these places.”
In March, the “Financial Times” pointed out five names among the main Brazilian artists of the new generation. All were finalists or winners of any edition of Pipa, as Renata Lucas, winner in 2010, and Jonathas de Andrade and André Komatsu, both finalists in 2011. Tatiana Blass, winner by the jury and popular vote in 2011, was identified among the 50 artists under 50 years “collectibles” in the world by the magazine “Art + Auction”. ■

See below the text in the magazine. ( click in the image to enlarge and esc to reduce after viewing it).

To know more about the PIPA 2014 Finalists click here.

Clipping | Financial Times list Brazilian artists names to watch

FT magazine, from The Financial Times,  has listed PIPA artists Renata Lucas (PIPA 2010 winner and PIPA 2011 Nominating Committee member), Marcius Galan (PIPA 2012 winner), André Komatsu (PIPA 2011 finalist), Cinthia Marcelle (PIPA 2010 finalist) and Jonathas de Andrade (PIPA 2011 finalist) as “Brazilian artists who are going global”, a new generation to keep up with due to their increasing international exposure and demand.

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Clipping | Renata Lucas wins 2013 Absolut Art Award

Renata Lucas and Coco Fusco have been announced as the winners of the 2013 Absolut Art Award, in Stockholm, by Absolut Art Award Jury President Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

Brazilian artist Renata Lucas receives the €20,000 cash prize for Art Work, plus up to €100,000 to develop and produce a new art work, which will be donated to an Absolut partner institution. New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and lecturer Coco Fusco receives the €20,000 cash prize for Art writing, plus up to €25,000 towards the publication and distribution of a new book, in collaboration with a leading publishing house.

This is the first year that the prize, established in 2009, has been presented both for Art Work and Art Writing.

The Absolut Art Award is a means of acknowledging and sustaining the activities of the most exciting creative visionaries of our time.

The Absolut Art Award was instituted in 2009 to mark 30 years of creative collaborations with artists. Since then, the Absolut Art Award has celebrated artists with the capacity to enhance social imagination and experience. Winners to date include Anri Sala (2011), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2010) and Keren Cytter (2009).

The Jury, led by 2013 Jury President Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev comprised three additional distinguished international curators: Beatrix Ruf, Chus Martínez and Maria Lind; and artist Susan Hiller. Together with the Absolut Art Bureau Christov-Bakargiev has selected ten nominators across multiple disciplines and five continents: the jurors and nominators have developed a long list of nominees for the 2013 Absolut Art Award.

Each of the five jurors and ten nominators have recommended a number of artists and one arts writer, generating a list of up to seventy-five nominees for the Art Work category and fifteen nominees for the Art Writing category. Five finalists from each category were then selected by the jury, and each finalist had been offered a stipend of EUR 2,000 to work on a proposal for a new artwork or piece of art writing. The winning artist and writer was announced at the Absolut Art Award ceremony on 20th September 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tatiana Blass | Profile on Modern Painters magazine – Blouin Artinfo

Read the article below about Tatiana Blass, PIPA 2011 winner, on the September edition of Modern Painters magazine, from Blouin Artinfo.

In three pages, the magazine builds a profile of the artist, who talks about her participation on Bienal de São Paulo in 2010 and the fact of receiving the PIPA Prize on the following year. She presented on both exhibitions the perfomance “Metade da Fala no chão – Piano Surdo”.

The article also says that Tatiana is preparing a multimedia exhibition for her first solo show in New York, which will open next month at Johannes Vogt Gallery.

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Read other articles about PIPA nominees: go to PIPA’s clipping page.

Clipping: Tatiana Blass among “50 under 50″ by Art+Auction

Who among the younger generations will have the staying power to rule the market over the long haul?

This is the subtitle of the text “50 under 50″, for a list of of the 50 next most collectible artists under the age of 50 made by the June 2013 edition of the magazine Art+Auction. Tatiana Blass is one of the two Brazilian names that appears in the list. The other is Ernesto Neto.
Read below the editors of the magazine thoughts about the selection.

Tatiana Blass was the great winner of PIPA in 2011, she was elected by the Award Jury winner of PIPA main prize, and elected by the visitors at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, winner of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition.
At PIPA’s exhibition she presented the sculpture/installation “Luz que cega sentado” ( “Blinding Light Seated”), 2 paintings from the series “Acidente” ( “Accident”) and a video of the performance “Metade da fala no chão – Piano surdo”( “Half ot the speech on the ground – Deaf piano”).
Click to enlarge the image below to read the text about Blass‘s selection by Art+Auction

The other Brazilian artist who appears in the list is Ernesto Neto. Neto was a member of PIPA 2010 Nominating Committee.

Visit Tatiana Blass‘s page to learn more about the artist, watch some short video interviews and also images of her works.

Art Pension Trust talks about PIPA exhibition

Art Pension Trust published in its website about PIPA 2012 exhibition.
Art Pension Trust ® (APT) is the first investment program dedicated to the interests of emerging and mid-career artists. APT’s long-term financial planning services allow artists to invest their artworks alongside a community of select artists, thereby providing a uniquely diversified, alternative income stream.

Read the full text published Art Pension Trust – Events page.

PIPA 2012 exhibition

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



From 2012-10-062012-12-02
At MAM-Rio, Rio de Janeiro

Marcius Galan APT Mexico City

From October 6th to December 2nd, Marcius GalanMatheus Rocha PittaRodrigo Braga and Thiago Rocha Pitta will show their works at MAM-Rio.

Marcius Galan and Matheus Rocha Pitta present never shown installations, Thiago Rocha Pitta shows an installation and a video and Rodrigo Braga exhibits a selection of photographies of different periods of his career.

The four finalists compete in two categories of the Prize:

PIPA – an award of R$100,000 ( including a period of three months in the residency program at Gasworks, London). The winner will be decided by the Award Jury, composed by experts in contemporary art.

PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition – an award of R$20,000. The visitors at the exhibition vote on their favorite finalist. The most voted is the winner.


The four finalists were chosen from among all nominees in 2012, by PIPA Board, based on the number of nominations received to each artist, from the Nominating Committee.

Marcius Galan was born in Indianapolis, USA, son of Brazilian parents who returned to Brazil before he could even learn to walk and talk in English. Lives and works in São Paulo, graduated in Artistic Education from FAAP in 1997.

In a short period of time and through various projects, Matheus Rocha Pitta cemented interests and strategies allowing us to identify, in a work that deepens with each new piece, critical statement on the exchange mechanisms that govern the common life.

Rodrigo Braga was born in Amazonas, raised in Recife, PE and graduated in Fine Arts from UFPE, in 2002. Currently he lives in Rio de Janeiro, and has an exhibition room at the 30ª Bienal de São Paulo.

Thiago Rocha Pitta begins to show his works in 2001, with outdoor interventions. From the beginning his work seeks an intimate relationship with nature. You could say that in his work, nature is a kind of co-author .

Frieze Magazine | Case Study with PIPA finalist

Review of the show of the PIPA 2011 finalists | Brazilian newspaper O Globo

United by the collapse – Finitude and setbacks of daily life permeate the works of the four young finalists of the PIPA prize.

In this text, the art critic, Marisa Flórido, says that the shortlisted artists for PIPA 2011, in their exhibition at MAM-Rio , even showing their works in different medias and poetics have a connection between them.
For her, the connection is the collapse that go through them.

She says that the collapse for these young artists is part of living, as much of its finitude as the everyday little setbacks, as much of the gears of power and the deviations from both the abysm between the narratives and images, and the open and arbitrary relationships between words and things.

Below the full story from the daily O Globo ( in Portuguese).

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O Globo | reports about PIPA 2011 finalists