Soplo (solo show)
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires
29 November 2019 – 16 February 2020
This retrospective brings together 60 works by Ernesto Neto, one of the most prominent names in contemporary sculpture. Since the beginning of his career, in the 1980s, the artist has been producing a body of work that sets in motion a dialogue between the exhibition space and the various dimensions of the spectator.
Bringing into play his unique comprehension of Neo-Concrete heritage, Neto unfolds his initial sculptures -elaborated from materials such as polyamide stockings, polystyrene spheres, spices and herbs– into large, immersive installations that proposes to the spectator a space for conviviality, for taking a breath and for fostering consciousness and awareness. His sculptural practice is engendered by the tension embodied in textile materials and in handicraft techniques like crochet. These great ludic structures accommodate rituals and actions that reveal the artist’s current concerns: the affirmation of the body as an element that cannot be dissociated from the mind and from spirituality.
The exhibition proposes to demonstrate how physicality, the individual and the collective have always been present from the very start in the artist’s practice, shaping his poetics. His current collaboration with political and spiritual leaders of the Huni Kuin nations, whose contributions to the artist receive in the exhibition a room of his own, emerges as a natural consequence of his sculptural research.
Jointly organized with Pinacoteca de São Paulo. Curators: Jochen Volz and Valeria Piccoli.
Ernesto Neto et al.
Phenomena: Art as experience (group show)
Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide
11 July – 13 September 2020
Sense-absorbing installations, optical encounters and moments of mesmeric intensity bring art to life at AGSA this winter. Phenomena: Art as experience firmly anchors the viewer as the maker of meaning. It traces the experiential turn in international art practice, as audiences experience moments of immersion and encounter. As early as the 1930s, philosopher John Dewey spoke of the true work of art existing in the experience of making or encountering art. Uncover large−scale installations and sensory works of art, never seen before in Adelaide, presented as a series of interconnecting experiences. Artists include Olafur Eliasson, Aki Inomata, Jitish Kallat, Yukultji Napangati and Ernesto Neto.
Tracing the trajectory from minimalism to installation practice, with a radical embrace of desert minimalism, Phenomena: Art as experience presents major contemporary international works to South Australian audiences.
Art Gallery of South Australia
Ernesto Neto, Rebecca Warren et al.
Installationen from 25 Years of the Falckenberg Collection (group show)
Deichtorhallen - Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg
30 November 2019 – 24 May 2020
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Falckenberg Collection, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg is presenting a comprehensive exhibition from 30 November 2019 to 24 May 2020 which will focus on installations and sculptures from the collection. The exhibition features some 60 works by 45 internationally renowned artists, including Olaf Breuning, Jimmie Durham, Mark Dion, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jon Kessler, Jessica Stockholder, Diana Thater, Cosima von Bonin, Franz West, Mike Kelley, General Idea, Erwin Wurm, Rebecca Warren and Ernesto Neto. Many of the works on view were previously on loan to museums such as the Centre Pompidou, PS1, the Walker Art Center, Tate Modern, MoMA in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, as well as the Venice and Shanghai biennales. For the first time, these works will be brought together in a major survey exhibition at the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg-Harburg.