Daily Archives: December 19, 2014


Venice Biennale 2015 | Brazilian Pavilion | Two former PIPA finalists selected

It was announced the artists who will be representing Brazil at its pavilion at the the 56th Venice Biennale. Two of them are PIPA finalists: Andre Komatsu (2011) and Berna Reale (2013), the third artist in the pavilion is the long time established artist Antonio Manuel.
The selection of the three artists were made by Luiz Camillo Osorio, chief curator of Brazilian pavilion ( also curator of Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro and a PIPA Board member) and the assistant curator Cauê Alves.
“The choices reflect the intention of the curators to create a dialogue between a more established artist, case of Manuel, and names on the rise on the national scene, case Komatsu and Reale”, said an article at the daily news Folha de São Paulo.
“Their artworks show engagement but without losing the lyrical identity”, said the curators as one of the reasons for the selection.

This week at MAM Rio

“Thresholds – Joaquim Paiva collection at MAM” is on view, with nearly two thousand works by Brazilian and foreign photographers, purchased since the 1980s. The exhibitions “Imagens da Escuridão e da Resistência” and “Operação Condor – João Pina”, recently opened, talk about Brazil’s politics in the 1970’s. The permanent exhibition “Genealogias do Contemporâneo”, curated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, was completely refurbished in 2013 and includes a set of works by Arlindo Daibert. See the full Museum programme, the Cinematheque calendar and screening times and the Education and Art activities.

Solo exhibition by Laura Lima brings Dutch museum to life

(Maastricht, Netherlands) “The fifth floor” is a groundbreaking exhibition which creates an innovative dialogue with museum practice, specially developed by Laura Lima for the Bonnefantenmuseum. The museum is ‘brought to life’ by the presence of human participants in the artwork. The exhibition includes a wide range of art pieces. The exhibition includes a wide range of art pieces. The museum is presented as a location for the production of new works and ideas by means of a tailorshop, where two tailors create ‘custom suits’ for wooden frames. The works created in this way are installed as portraits in the neighbouring rooms.

Austrian gallery presents site-specific intervention by Renata Lucas

(Vienna, Austria) In “Ø”, the artist has mixed literature fragments, musical phrases and architectural elements to map literal as well as symbolic escape routes, and in both senses the visitors to the exhibition are revealed to be the protagonists who complete her work. Two revolving doors that rotate in both directions and visually blend in with the building’s general style guide the visitors in an almost dancelike movement from the gallery’s entrance to the emergency exit on the other side

Marcius Galan presents installation “Diagonal Section” in Paris

(Paris, France) The artist proposes here a play on the perception (physical or mental) of our surrounding space. The intent is to deceive our senses: the work seems to dematerialize under our very eyes. A minimal and contextual approach producing work of great formal neutrality is at the heart of Marcius Galan’s practice. The artist creates a physical as well as mental unease with works that hover on the border of the usual systems of representation: what we see at first glance is never the true essence of the work.

Opening | Group show “Efígies”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Artists as Celina Portella, Marco Antonio Portela and Renan Cepeda take part in this show, opening today. The aesthetics concerns and dialogues proposed in this show approach and go apart from this concept of image representation, besides bringing freshness and opening ways for distinct poetic analysis. We come across with a lyric investigation, a search for reaching an enchantment degree and also an attempt to eternizing ourselves, almost transforming all of us into divinities.

Group exhibition analyses art and education in Rio

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Why is it important that art is close to education and vice-versa? What are the social purposes of this relationship? By believing in this “need for art”, or for education, what other necessities can we foresee in the relationship between the two? “Há escolas que são gaiolas e há escolas que são asas” [“Some schools are cages and some schools are wings”] aims to answer these questions. With works by Ana Miguel, Cinthia Marcelle, Danilo Ribeiro, Felipe Barbosa, Felipe Cohen, Grupo Empreza, Gustavo Speridião, Jonathas de Andrade, Lenora de Barros, Luciana Paiva, Marilá Dardot, Paulo Meira, Regina de Paula and Roberto Winter.

Rio port region gains visibility with group exhibition “From Valongo to Favela”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) André Komatsu, Armando Queiroz, Caetano Dias, Caio Reisewitz, Grupo Empreza, laercio Redondo, Marcelo Cidade, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Paulo Nazareth, Virginia de Medeiros and Waléria Américo are some of the names featured in “From Valongo to Favela: imaginary and periphery”. The show focuses on the favelas and the port region of Rio, which has a long history and as such are a fundamental part of the memory modes and life of Brazil.

Brickwork installation by Renato Pera evokes urban memories

(São Paulo, Brazil) “O Muro” [“The Wall”] aims at evoking São Paulo’s architectural memory, as well as small, personal and affective memories of its citizens. The bricks used in the installation have been intervened to supply the wall with an enigmatic content: over one of the their sides the words “o infinito” [“the infinite”] were written, to articulate ideas on the absence of limitations.

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