Vanda Klabin

(this page was last updated in February 2019)

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member of the Nominating Committee PIPA 2015 and 2019.

Vanda Klabin works and lives in Rio de Janeiro. She is a social scientist, historian and visual art curator. She has an undergraduate degree in Political and Social Science by PUC-Rio (1967-1970) and in Art History by UERJ (1975-1978), she has a graduate degree in Art History and Architecture in Brazil by PUC-Rio (1980-1981), where she was also adjunct coordinator of the course (1982-1970), she was editor of the Gávea magazine, of the History Department of PUC-Rio (1983-2002).

Klabin was general director of the Hélio Ótica Municipal Art Center in Rio (1996-2000) where she organised many exhibitions of Brazilian  and foreign artists: Amilcar de Castro, Antonio Manuel, Eduardo Sued, Guillermo Kuitca, Hélio Oiticica e a Cena Americana, Iberê Camargo, José Resende, Luciano Fabro, Mel Bochner, Mira Schendel, Nuno Ramos and Richard Serra.

She was responsible for curating at many institutions, and presented works of artists such as Alfredo Volpi, Angelo Venosa, Antonio Dias, Célia Euvaldo, Daniel Feingold, Eduardo Sued, Frank Stella, Henrique Oliveira, Jorge Guinle, Nelson Leirner, Niura Bellavinha, Nuno Ramos, Renata Tassinari, and others.

She was adjunct coordinator of the Nacional Rediscovery Showing – 500 years Biennale at São Paulo (1999-2000) and curator of the  “A vontade construtiva na arte brasileira”, 1950/1960” module curator, she was part of the Art in Brazil exhibition at the Europalia Festival, presented at the Palais de Beaux Arts – Bozar, in Brussels (2011-2012)

Klabin worked in the memory preservation area of cultural archives and research activities – Oswaldo Goeldi Arquive, Funarte/PUC-Rio; Alberto da Veiga Guignard Archive, Departamento de História, PUC-Rio; Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya Archive, Museu da Chácara do Céu, Fundação Museus Castro Maya/Iphan/Fundação Vitae — and in the cataloguing of the Antonio Carlos Jobim, Faperj  Archive (2002–2004).

In the editorial area, she coordinated various publications, not to mention catalogs and research papers on art history, and participated in seminars about the subject. She has many published works in catalogs and specialised magazine. Klabin currently works as an independent curator.

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