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Ernesto Neto

Floating Worlds (group show)
14th Lyon Biennale, various locations, Lyon
20 September 2017 - 7 January 2018

Ernesto Neto, Three Stops for an Animal Architecture under Gravity, 2007
Ernesto Neto, Three Stops for an Animal Architecture under Gravity, 2007

Amid rampant globalisation that is generating constant mobility and a quickening of flows – the “liquidity” of the world and identities, as analysed by the sociologist Zygman Bauman – Emma Lavigne explores the legacy and reach of the concept “modern” in today’s art, in accordance with the definition advanced by the poet Baudelaire, who considered modernity to be “the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable”. Take the presence of sounds, from David Tudor’s imaginary landscape Rainforest to the murmurs of the world broadcast by the Babel tower of Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles: some artworks remain deliberately open – influenced by the major works of modernity such as Mallarmé’s The Book, Spiritual Instrument – and hint at the thinking of both Luigi Pareyson, who defined an artwork as “the opening-up of an infinity that has been gathered into a form”; and Umberto Eco, who, in The Open Work (1965), analyses the artwork as “a field of events randomly open to some accidental unfolding”. The Biennale will stretch out like a shifting, atmospheric, expanding landscape that is forever reconstructing itself, as reflected in some of the modern masterpieces provided by the Centre Pompidou-National Museum of Modern Art as part of its 40th anniversary, such as the random compositions of forms that will be suspended in the Calder space at the Biennale; and Fontana’s paintings, opening onto endless cosmogonies. The White Cube is cracking up and turning into an organism or a constellation, where – from Hans Arp to Ernesto Neto, from Lygia Pape to Daniel Steegmann Mangrané – art and space biomorph, opening onto projects that challenge the abstraction of European modernity in order to reassess its global reach. The 2017 Contemporary Art Biennale will dock in the heart of a territory whose identity was partly shaped by the ubiquity of water, in a city that “rose from the waters”, and through which the Rhône and Saône run. It will reactivate the imaginative realm conveyed by the Rhône and its tributary, producing an archipelagic topography. Like the white fabric of Hans Haacke’s Wide White Flow or the kites in Shimabuku’s When Sky Was Sea, the Lyon Biennale’s Floating Worlds are being shaken by the wind of libertarian uprisings and contemporary poetic outbursts and aesthetic clashes.

Lyon Biennale


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Ernesto Neto

Spacemakers and roomshakers (group show)
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
14 July - 21 October 2018

Ernesto Neto Just like drops in time, nothing, 2002, installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ernesto Neto
Ernesto Neto Just like drops in time, nothing, 2002, installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ernesto Neto

Experience some of the most immersive and expansive artworks in the Gallery’s collection.

Employing light, sound, fabric, air, spices, these artworks also use the space of the gallery as a medium to be filled, tested, stretched, altered and above all energised. In the process, they enlist gallery-goers as collaborators, test subjects and ‘space explorers’ in distinctive sensory worlds.

Featuring works by Phyllida Barlow, Yona Lee, Ernesto Neto, Nike Savvas, Yinka Shonibare, Kathy Temin and Daniel von Sturmer, the exhibition includes favourites that haven’t been on display for years such as Neto’s Just like drops in time, nothing 2002 and Savvas’s Atomic: full of love, full of wonder as well as a specially commissioned site-specific installation by Lee.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


Ernesto Neto

Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona (group show)
Kunst- und Kulturstiftung, Opelvillen Rüsselsheim
19 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Ernesto Netos Algo existe entre nostros dos, 2000. Photo: Luis Asin. Courtesy Galería Elba Benitez, Madrid
Ernesto Netos Algo existe entre nostros dos, 2000. Photo: Luis Asin. Courtesy Galería Elba Benitez, Madrid

Ernesto Neto

TISSAGE TRESSAGE - quand la sculpture défile (group show)
Villa Datris, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
19 May - 1 November 2018

Ernesto Neto, Seedgaia, 2017. Photo: Atelienave / Fondation Beyeler / Mark Niedermann
Ernesto Neto, Seedgaia, 2017. Photo: Atelienave / Fondation Beyeler / Mark Niedermann