(Santiago de Compostela, Spain) In February 2006, the first number of DARDOmagazine was published. It was the first step towards the creation of DIDAC (DARDO Instituto do Deseño e das Artes Contemporáneas), an art foundation that opened its doors in the first week of March. Honoring one of its original founders, Brazilian artist Paulo Reis, who died in 2011, its first exhibition, “Specchio Paulo Reis”, reunites works by 13 artists who have once worked with him, two of them former PIPA Prize nominees.
(Texas, US) The artists’ primary media are humble materials and ready-made objects—wine glasses, a shopping bag, t-shirts. They employ a light touch in blurring the boundaries between disposability and preciousness, revealing that minimal shifts in context can dramatically alter our perception of objects, ideas, or situations.
(Quebec, Canada) “What you will see is a constellation of works by young artists, our view on emerging Brazilian contemporary art. We also present two further exhibitions within the exhibition: a selection of more established artists who have been invited into the show by the younger ones whom we have chosen, providing a story of recent art in Brazil, and an exhibition of artists’ books by emerging practitioners”
(Quebec, Canada) “In a certain way, Brazil is an imaginary country. It is a country of spectacular nature and magic, of ethnic and social diversity. In fact, it is not one country but multiple, variable, rich and overwhelming lands. There is thus no one way to sum up the nation or the country, and the same goes for its art scene”, affirm the curators Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Thierry Raspail.
(New York, US) “Empty House – Casa Vazia” is a sculpture exhibition featuring Adriano Costa, Erika Verzutti, Marcius Galan and Rodrigo Matheus, among classic Brazilian artists such as Amilcar de Castro and Lygia Pape. Challenging the rationalism and universal objectivity of early abstraction, the artists associated with this movement sought a means of expression beyond an object’s immutable formal properties, and embraced a phenomenological, at times participatory, approach in their efforts to expand the vocabulary of sculpture.
(Lyon, France) Jonathas de Andrade, Cinthia Marcelle, Paulo Nimer Pjota and Mayana Redin are just some of the 27 names featured in this exhibition, that has already been in Oslo and London and will soon travel to Canada and Brazil. In “Imagine Brazil” there is also ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’ devoted to artists’ books, as these play an important and unique role in Brazilian art today. This part of the exhibition was entrusted to Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Ana Luiza Fonseca.
(Lyon, France) Adriano Costa, Deyson Gilbert, Paulo Nazareth and Sofia Borges are just some of the names featured in “Imagine Brazil”, now on view in Lyon. The exhibition comprises works of 14 young artists who were each asked to invite one artist they considered to be a reference or someone whose work was similar to their own and to whom they wished to pay tribute. Therefore, Imagine Brazil exhibits the work of 27 artists in total (one ‘established’ artist was selected twice).
(Lyon, France) Sara Ramo, Thiago Martins de Melo, Gustavo Speridião and Marcellvs L. integrate a group artists amongst the most creative of Brazil’s emerging contemporary art scene. In “Imagine Brazil” there is also ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’ devoted to artists’ books, as these play an important and unique role in Brazilian art today. This part of the exhibition was entrusted to Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Ana Luiza Fonseca. After Oslo and Lyon, the exhibition Imagine Brazil will travel to Brazil, Argentina and Canada.
(Lyon, France) Designed in collaboration with London and Oslo, this exhibition brings together 14 young artists who are amongst the most creative of Brazil’s emerging contemporary art scene. Each of these 14 young artists was asked, in turn, to invite an established artist whom they considered to be a reference or someone whose work was similar to their own and to whom they wished to pay tribute. Therefore, Imagine Brazil exhibits the work of 27 artists in total (one ‘established’ artist was selected twice).
(Olso, Norway) “Imagine Brazil” will showcase Brazilian contemporary art, with particular focus on the young, emerging art scene. This is the fourth exhibition in the series focusing on a country’s art scene. From Brazil’s rich and complex artistic landscape, the selected artists are proposing a new artistic language in order to develop important and urgent subject matter. Young artists who have dived into the multitude of possibilities offered by conceptually based works, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and music.