Thiago Rocha Pitta participates in the show EXPO 1: Rio, at the Museu de Arte Moderna, in Rio de Janeiro. Following the exhibition at the MoMA PS1, in New York, the show is presented in Rio with a few changes and additions of Brazilian artists. The main topic focused by the curators is the contemporary environmental crisis and its symbolic, poetic and political reverberations. Aware of the urgency and complexity of those questions, EXPO 1 intends to be a debate that, even though will not provide answers, wants to open up new horizons around this matter. Luiz Camillo Osorio signs the curatorship for the Brazilian exhibition.
Bob Wolfenson is featured in the show Amor e ódio à Lygia Clark [Love and hate to Lygia Clark], at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, in Warsaw, Poland. The group exhibition gathers works from Brazilian artists in different media - from photography to sculpture, which refer to the great names of the Brazilian contemporary art, such as Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Alfredo Volpi and Amilcar de Castro. The curatorship is signed by Magda Kardasz.
Participating in Art Basel Miami Beach since its first edition, Galeria Millan presents in 2013 works by Ana Prata, Anna Maria Maiolino, Artur Barrio, Berna Reale, Emmanuel Nassar, Felipe Cohen, Henrique Oliveira, Miguel Rio Branco, Mira Schendel, Nelson Felix, Otavio Schipper, Paulo Pasta, Rodrigo Andrade, Rubens Mano, Sofia Borges, Tatiana Blass and Thiago Rocha Pitta.
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Anna Maria Maiolino participates in the exhibition Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, featuring contemporary works by artists from across Latin America. Drawn from the holdings of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder and president of CIFO, the exhibition premieres during Art Basel Miami Beach (December 4-8, 2013) and then travels to the MFA in March of 2014. Incorporating sculpture, painting, photography, video, installation and performance art from 1960 to the present, Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales features 61 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean. Together their works explore what it means “to be global,” when free and equal cultural exchange is still limited by the power dynamics of globalization. The show is curated by the MFA’s Jen Mergel, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, in consultation with Jesús Fuenmayor, Director and Chief Curator of CIFO. The exhibition will be on display at the CIFO Art Space in Miami through February 23, 2014 and on view in the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery at the MFA from March 19 through July 13, 2014.
Artur Barrio and Miguel Rio Branco participate in the show América Latina 1960 – 2013, at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, in Paris, coproduced with the Museo Amparo (Mexico). Bringing together more than seventy artists from eleven different countries, the exhibition offers a new perspective on Latin American photography, focusing on the relationship between text and the photographic image.
Lenora de Barros participates in the Salão Nacional de Artes de Itajaí, in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The group festival promotes artistic interventions in different areas of the city and includes debates, performances, exhibitions and projections. Josué de Mattos signs the curatorship.
Over the past 20 years, Nelson Felix has been creating a series of works from various geographical coordinates, which have come to determine the locations of his exhibitions. As a result, almost nine years have passed since the artist’s last exhibition in São Paulo. His return takes place in November, when Felix will present Verso, at Galeria Millan, and Verso (meu ouro, deixo aqui), at the Tomie Ohtake Institute.
Together they set the second portion of a work created in two different locations, which refute one another and, as such, complement each other. The first part, 4 Cantos, was created in Portugal, in 2008, under the tutelage of the Serralves Museum and the Ministry of Tourism of Portugal. The work, as a whole, discusses, first, a poetic reflection about space in its primary elements - the corners, the center and the backside - and what these places represent in our current multifaceted perception of space. Later, it explores the ambiguous relationship present in the Portuguese language in the words ‘canto’ (corner) and ‘verso’ (backside), which have both a spatial and poetic meaning. In the first piece, 4 Cantos, the spatial relationship takes precedence; while in the second, Verso, focus is on the poetic relationship.
In 4 Cantos, the artist traveled in a munck truck to the four extremes of Portugal - Bragança, Viana do Castelo, Sagres and Faro - carrying four cube-shaped blocks of stone. In each of the four corners of the country, the artist placed the stones on the ground and drew until he felt he was deep-rooted in the local space. In the last city, Faro, already in this internal space, the artist tipped over the stones against the four corners of the exhibition space and fixed them with eight brass ferrules, on which the eight verses of the poem Casa Térrea, by Sophia de Mello Breyner, were written.
In Verso, as the title suggests, Felix refutes the first work, forming an amalgam of the two works and, as a result, a single piece, in two acts. The current work is born out of the observation that the city of São Paulo, the main economic and cultural center of Brazil, is equidistant and on an imaginary line that connects two small islands, one in the Pacific and one in the Atlantic.
The artist travels to the two islands, these two ‘versos’ created by the poetic structure of this work on the globe. From them, he looks in the direction of São Paulo, where he will hold his exhibition, and nails down three pieces of brass, which constitute the three parts of the letter A. A tribute to the Catalan poet Joan Brossa, through one of his poems, titled Desmuntatge. This tribute is made again when the artist will nail down this letter at Galeria Millan, in São Paulo.
Verso refers to the poetic sensation of a central location, built entirely of centers - a city that agglomerates and centralizes, and two small islands, dots amid oceans.
Works and information
At Galeria Millan, Verso is presented in the form of an installation featuring two large Carrara marble rings, brass objects, gold, two drawings and two photographs. At the Tomie Ohtake Institute, Verso (meu ouro, deixo aqui) exposes the artist’s creative process, with numerous drawings that Felix created during the development of the work, and a piece composed of Carrara marble, gold and projections. A video, recorded in May this year, featuring a conversation between the artist and the critic Rodrigo Naves accompanies both exhibitions.
Ana Prata, Lenora de Barros and Rodrigo Bivar are featured in the show Panoramas do Sul, part of the 18o Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil. The biennial exhibition offers a view of the contemporary production from the geopolitical South (Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia and Oceania). The group show is open to the public until february 2nd, 2014, at the Sesc Pompeia, in São Paulo.
In 2013, Galeria Millan participates for the first time in the artBO - International Art Fair of Bogota. With curatorship by José Rica, the Gallery presents a solo project by Tatiana Blass.
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Galeria Millan presents a solo project featuring Anna Maria Maiolino in the section Spotlight, at Frieze Masters, with curatorship by Adriano Pedrosa. The international art fair gathers works from the ancient era through the 20th century.
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