Daily Archives: May 22, 2015


Interview with PIPA 2015 Nominated Artists | Meet Ana Ruas

Annually, artists who take part in PIPA Prize are invited to record an exclusive video-interview. With them, we learn more about the artists, their careers, ideas and motivations. Today, we release the second interview with PIPA 2015 nominated artists. Ana Ruas is a PIPA nominee for the first time this year and gave an exclusive interview for the Prize. The artist lives in Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso do Sul, state bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia. In the video, Ruas talks about how the place where she lives is an invitation for her artistic practice, which provokes the viewer with visual games.

Schedule | 25th to 29th May

Check out the full agenda for this week of exhibitions and events related to PIPA artists, Nominating Committee members, Board members, MAM-Rio and relevant information about art in Brazil and abroad.

This week at MAM-Rio

The brand new installation by Damián Ortega, “O Fim da Matéria” [“The End of the Matter”], is on view with a polystyrene cube is transformed by a group of anonymous sculptors during the exhibition. The sculptures work as an inventory of the sculpture history. Images somehow in the directory, collective unconscious or men imaginary, in which the history of humanity becomes an allegory. “To see and be seen” uses the Museum’s collection as a guiding element for the idea that all artworks are constructed from emptiness. At the Museum’s Cinematheque, last days of the Ingmar Bergman special, with “All These Women”, “In the Presence of a Clown” and “The Passion of Anna”. See the full Museum programme, the Cinematheque calendar and screening times and the Education and Art activities.

Lecture by Carla Zaccagnini presents on-going research about the book “Brazil: Land of the Future”

(Malmö, Sweden) The book ‘Brazil: Land of the Future’ exalts the already notorious immensity of the country’s territory and its natural resources, but it also praises the supposed characteristics of its inhabitants who, ‘under the imperceptibly depressing influence of the weather, grow less impulsive strength, less vehemence, less dynamism…’. It seems to be in this lack of potency created by heat that the promise lives of a ‘future civilization’ in which humanity will live in peace. Not through a struggled solution of injustices, therefore, but due to a natural dissolution of forces. Carla Zaccagnini presents this weekend a research about this book and the context in which it was published.

On view | “It’s Gonna Rain”, solo show by Cadu

(Nowy Sącz, Poland) The title of the exhibition is derived from the piece of music by Steve Reich, who in 1965 achieved the effect of a mechanical loop, replaying on two reel-to-reel tape recorders the words ‘it’s gonna rain’. Formally, the piece was a precursor of electronic music. Cadu’s attitude to modernist music is entirely empirical. The artist is fascinated by borderline sound and spatial forms that transcend the instrument itself.  Cadu derives rhythm from the repetition of contrasts; he finds it in natural cycles and in marking out topographic and distance pointers. A childlike curiosity and experimental instinct returns in Cadu’s works in the shape of toy mechanisms, modified to suit new meanings, as well as in natural history experiments and recycled materials.

Chiara Banfi presents special concert as part of her new solo show, “Fiume Achates”

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Tomorrow, Chiara Banfi performs a live concert with musicians Domenico Lancellotti and Bruno di Lullo during her new solo show, “Fiume Achates”. Together, they are the band “Dissonâmbulos”, which the main goal is to explore the diverse sonorities present in the sound sculptures created by the artist, permeating the presentation with songs that appear and disappear in the sound waves.

Opening | “Lona”, solo show by Gustavo Speridião

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The exhibition title is extracted from the support used by the artist, cotton canvas, and the paintings are exposed without frames, attached directly to the wall, “in a simple assembly”, tells the artist. In the ground floor of the gallery, fourteen paintings with dimensions of 2m x 7m each one, and in the terrace, four canvasses, shaped with 5,9m x 2m to 1,8m x 1m. The series are a development of the work by Gustavo Speridião, who has politics and painting as a main focus: “exploring the pictorial plan and politic questions, using paint, coal and collages (words, abstractions and posters)”.

Homer’s “Odyssey” is the main inspiration for Afonso Tostes’ new solo show

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) In his brand new work, “Das Amarras”, Afonso Tostes included a series of nine oil paintings dedicated to the imagery of blaze and bonfire, alluding to its ancestral use as a sign of communication among men. The seminal image of the fire had then been harvested from its remotest scene, its first painting, delineated by the words of Homer, from where the artist saw the outbreak of the image and idea of the flame as signal and announcement of the victory of the Greeks in Troy.

Opening | “Uma diva, uma louca, uma macumbeira, meu deus ela é demais!”, solo show by Camila Soato

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Camila Soato presents a new solo show at Artur Fidalgo galeria, with 50 brand new paintings in different sizes, in which extravagant scenes expose the social and political nonsense that we live in. With a malicious and unusual narrative, Soato penetrates into the complexity of what seems banal. The artist uses jokes to unravel moral contradictions through daily life situations. Her self-portrait rises in bizarre situations.

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