Beatriz Milhazes

Avenida Paulista (solo show)
MASP, São Paulo, 18 December 2020 – 30 May 2021
Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 12 December 2020 – 30 May 2021

Beatriz Milhazes, Avenida Paulista, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 258 cm., private collection, Rio de Janeiro, photo: Vicente de Melo
Beatriz Milhazes, Avenida Paulista, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 258 cm., private collection, Rio de Janeiro, photo: Vicente de Melo

Beatriz Milhazes:  Avenida Paulista, the Itaú Cultural and São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) joint exhibition, covers the artist’s artistic production years between 1989 and 2020 revealing how she branched out her work to other means of expression, in addition to painting. The exhibition encompasses nearly 170 works, including two pieces never before exhibited at either institution, and is the largest Beatriz exhibition to have ever been put together for an audience.  The exhibition opens on December 12th (Saturday), at Itaú Cultural, and on December 18th (Friday), at MASP.

Curated by Ivo Mesquita, the exhibition at Itaú Cultural will feature prints, collages and some acrylics. At Masp, curators Adriano Pedrosa and Amanda Carneiro gathered both small and large scale paintings, as well as sculptures and drawings.

At Itaú Cultural, the exhibition stretches over three exhibition floors, with 79 works - three of them, never exhibited before: Havaí em amarelo vibrante (bright yellow Hawaii), Cor de pele (skin tone) and Giro horizontal (horizontal spin). The 1st floor houses collages, engravings and a mini documentary about the artist's work, created by the Itaú Cultural Audiovisual and Literature Center. It exhibits 18 works that depict the artist's strategies in the construction of the plane supported by different axis.

At MASP, the exhibition is part of a year of exhibitions and public programs dedicated to the history of dance and it introduces a reversal of this collaborative process among the Milhazes in an unprecedented fashion: Márcia will be taking over the museum space – whilst Beatriz was the one who always occupied center-stage. Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the dance performances to be given by Márcia's company, which were scheduled for 2020, had to be postponed and should be taking place in 2021. In the museum, the second basement gallery includes 50 large paintings on self-supporting structures that allow the viewing of the work both front and back. Gamboa (2010-20), the sculpture, hangs from the ceiling and it will also be the backdrop for the presentations by the Márcia Milhazes Dance Company. At the Transforming collection section, on the first floor, the sculpture entitled Marola (2010-15) and the painting entitled Avenida Paulista will be exhibited. The latter was commissioned especially for the exhibition and together with 10 other never seen before paintings will be open for viewing by the public for the first time.

Itaú Cultural


Beatriz Milhazes

Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

© Louis Vuitton
© Louis Vuitton

Beatriz Milhazes is one of the six leading contemporary artists invited by Louis Vuitton to reinterpret the iconic Capucines bag.

The artist created a bag that takes after her vibrant and hypnotic paintings inspired by the popular art of her native country. Translating the refined geometric composition of an original artwork onto the bag relied on expert and innovative marquetry techniques. A kaleidoscope of textures and colors come together with eighteen different types of leather, further enhanced by gold leaf detailing, and the playful touch of a gel peace sign.

Louis Vuitton

Beatriz Milhazes

Yellow Flower Dream (public artwork)
Inujima Island
Inaugurated 1 November 2018. Official opening: 26 April 2019

Beatriz Milhazes, Yellow Flower Dream, Inujima
Beatriz Milhazes, Yellow Flower Dream, Inujima "Art House Project" A-Art House, 2018. Photo: Yoshikazu Inoue

New artwork unveiled at Inujima "Art House Project"

Yellow Flower Dream, a work by Beatriz Milhazes has opened in Japan on November 1st, 2018, at Inujima Island for the "Art House Project - A-Art House”, and also will be joining Setouchi Triennale 2019 starting from April 26th, 2019.  

Based on the artist's perception of the architecture of A-Art House as a "sculpture uniting the surrounding community and nature", this work represents, through the use of colors overflowing with energy, a virtual landscape depicting the vitality of the geometry and daily life unfolding in Inujima's nature.

Inujima Art House Project was launched with the objective of inspiring the local community of Inujima, allowing them to experience the beautiful landscapes of everyday life and the familiar natural environments that extend beyond the artworks. This project was developed by artistic director Yuko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima for the village on Inujima.

The Inujima “Art House Project” is a part of art-related activities, Benesse Art Site Naoshima, conducted by Benesse Holdings, Inc. and Fukutake Foundation on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima to create significant spaces in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea region.

Benesse Art Site Naoshima