Eduardo Coimbra and Wagner Malta Tavares participate in Marcantonio Vilaça Prize exhibitions

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the CNI SESI SENAI Marcantonio Vilaça Prize, the Museu Histórico Nacional opens to the public
the exhibitions “Inventário da Paixão – Homenagem a Marcantonio Vilaça” [“Passion Inventory – Homage to Marcantonio Vilaça”, gathering works by artists awarded in previous editions, and “Cor, Luz e Movimento” [“Colour, Light and Movement”], a tribute to artist Abraham Palatnik.

See some of the artworks on display:

The group show “Inventário da Paixão” puts together works by Brazilian artists Adriana Varejão, Angelo Venosa, Beatriz Milhazes, Barrão, Cildo Meireles, Daniel Senise, Efrain Almeida, Ernesto Neto, Francis Allys, Gilvan Samico, Helio Oiticica, Hildebrando de Castro, Iran do Espírito Santo, Jac Leirner, José Damasceno, José Resende, Leda Catunda, José Leonilson, Lia Menna Barreto, Luiz Zerbini, Lygia Pape, Maurício Ruiz, Mauro Piva, Nuno Ramos, Rivane Neuschwander, Rosangela Rennó, Valeska Soares and Vik Muniz. There are 66 pieces from 36 artists who emerged in the 1980s, curated by Marcus de Lontra Costa, the Prize general coordinator.

“Cor, luz e movimento” pays tribute to artist Abraham Palatnik (1928). Inspired by his groundbreaking Brazilian kinetic art, several artists relate to his body of work. The show presents a special room with eight pieces by Palatnik and 38 works by 14 artists who were inspired by his poetics. Among them are Ana Linnemann, Eduardo Coimbra, Deneir, Emygdio de Barros and Wagner Malta Tavares. For the exhibition conceiver, the project stems from the assumption that the defining aspect of 20th century art is in the intriguing relationship between artist and machine.

Created in 2004, the Prize honours collector Marcantonio Vilaça, deceased in 2000 at age 37, who dedicated himself to launching and revealing new artists in the Brazilian and international art markets, having donated several works from his personal collections to museums all over the world.

In the Prize’s 5th edition, for the first time, 30 artworks will be selected for a show at Inhotim Institute, holder of some of the largest contemporary art collections in the world. The pieces will be shown in the park from April 2015 and there the Prize winners will be determined, to win a scholarship in the sum of forty thousand reais.

SESI signed an agreement with Manchester Metropolitan University, in England, for a technical art and design exchange programme. One winning artist and curator will participate in a residency at the university’s Art College.

Special edition of the Prêmio CNI SESI SENAI Marcantonio Vilaça Prize, featuring Eduardo Coimbra and Wagner Malta Tavares
From 30th May to 23rd July 2014

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