(Yogyakarta, Indonesia) The 14th Biennale Jogja started this week, and its main exhibition features the work of many PIPA Prize nominees, including former finalists and winners, namely Rodrigo Braga, Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado, Clara Ianni, Ícaro Lira, Jonathas de Andrade, Leticia Ramos, Lourival Cuquinha, Virginia de Medeiros and Yuri Firmeza.
(Cape Town, South Africa) After all the political and cultural scandals that succeed one another on Brazilian news everyday, “How to remain silent?”. The question guides a group show of the same name on view at A4 Arts Foundation. Featuring PIPA Prize 2015 Winner Virginia de Medeiros, it showcases works by Brazilian artists who investigate new ways of living in society.
(Vienna, Austria) PIPA Prize 2012 Finalist and Popular Vote Winner Rodrigo Braga is one of the 25 artists to participate in “Visions of Nature”, which opened this week at Kunst Haus Wien Museum. Featuring mostly photographs and videos, the group show takes as its starting point the ever-changing relationship between man and nature.
(Phoenix, US) The exhibition “Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art” presents one of the many possible constellations of artworks produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s. The group show starts today, September 1st, at the Phoenix Art Museum and gathers the works of over 50 artists, including 17 PIPA Prize nominees.
(São Paulo, Brazil) The exhibition “Ways of Seeing Brazil: Itaú Cultural celebrates 30” showcases three decades of existence of the institution dedicated to Brazilian art and culture and highlights the series of activities carried out by the institution since it foundation in 1987. This will be the largest selection from the Itaú Unibanco Art Collection ever exhibited together, with over 750 works occupying the entire 10,000 meters area of the Oca, one of São Paulo’s architectural symbols designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
PIPA Prize 2012 finalist and winner of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition, category in which the public votes for their favourite artist during the finalists exhibition at MAM-Rio, Rodrigo Braga was born in Manaus and grew up in the city of Recife, Pernambuco, in the Northeast region of Brazil. In part due to this early experience – which, he says, has become mythical in his imaginary –, in part due to his family context (his parents and sister are environmentalists), his poetic often addresses the relationship between man and nature. This is one of the main topics discussed in this exclusive interview with Luiz Camillo Osorio, PIPA Institute Curator, which also features the artist’s relation with photography and video, his artistic training, and the international reception of his work.
(Belo Horizonte, Brazil) If Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982) were to be summed up in one image, it might as well be that of the piano lost in the jungle, an idea that seems completely out of place. The scene titles “Um piano na selva” [A piano in the jungle], which opens this Saturday, March 11th, at Periscópio Arte Contemporânea. Curated by Germano Dushá, the group show features works by 14 artists, half of whom have already been nominated to PIPA Prize: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Daniel de Paula, Deyson Gilbert, Lais Myrrha, Pedro Motta, Rafael RG e Rodrigo Braga.
(Paris, France) For his first solo exhibition in France, which opens as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, Rodrigo Braga – PIPA 2012 finalist, is occupying the ornamental pond on the esplanade between Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In the midst of the capital, his monumental installation reveals tangible traces of the prehistoric sea that covered this territory some 45 million years ago.
Next Friday we will announce the names of PIPA 2016 finalists. Four artists were selected by the Board, out of this year’s participating artists, based on number of nominations, participation in previous editions of the Prize and in their trajectories. The finalists will participate in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro from 3rd September until 13rd November, and will be competing in two categories: PIPA and PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition.
(Amersfoort, Netherlands) The exhibition is prompted by the prospect of the Rio Olympics: the second global sporting event to be hosted by Brazil within a few months, following the FIFA World Cup in 2014. In the exhibition, Kunsthal KAdE asks what sort of country chooses to showcase itself in this way. Part of the answer to that question can be found in the work of the visual artists and artist collectives currently active in Brazil.