Artist Talks

Artist Talks is a program organized by the Fondation Beyeler and UBS in which internationally renowned contemporary artists speak about their work. The talks have an open, dynamic format and range from traditional artist’s talks to moderated conversations between artists and prominent figures from the art world. The Artist Talks are held at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen/Basel and at other art institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the USA.

Artist Talks: Ernesto Neto

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 7.30 PM RIO / 11.30 PM (MEZ)

Ernesto Neto was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1964. After he had attended the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage and the school of arts at the MAM, Museum of Modern Art in Rio, the first individual exhibition was also dedicated to him in his native city at the Petite Galerie in 1988. His works were presented abroad for the first time in 1996. In addition to taking part in the Venice Biennale several times and in exhibitions at renowned museums worldwide, his works have found their way into the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Hara Museum in Tokyo, among others. Neto’s art is influenced by the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement of the 1960s and also by minimal art, conceptual art and Arte povera. Spirituality, humanism and ecology are principal aspects in his work. Since the 1990s, his work has been characterised by the use of unusual materials and techniques. His sculptures, based on a centre of gravity, often feature biomorphic forms and organic materials, with transparency and sensuality often playing a major role. Visitors can touch the works, walk through them, cross them or set them in motion. In many cases, they also appeal to the sense of smell. Visitors are invited to concentrate on their perception and to interact with the work and its environment.

From June 30 to July 27, 2018, the Fondation Beyeler is displaying Ernesto Neto's monumental installation GaiaMotherTree as part of a public art project at the main station in Zurich, Switzerland.

Paulo Herkenhoff in conversation with Ernesto Neto. Paulo Herkenhoff (Brazil, 1949). Former chief curator of the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Artistic director of the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998), Adjunct curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Director of the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes and Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR). Presently is advisor to the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio. Has written extensively on the work of Ernesto Neto and included his work in some exhibitions.

The talk will be streamed live on our facebook page.

Ecola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage
Rua Jardim Botânico, 414, Jardim Botânico


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