Brazilian conceptual artist Rivane Neuenschwander creates playful, ephemeral and often participatory artworks that blur distinctions between author and viewer, object and memory, permanence and temporality. Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other is the artist’s first major midcareer survey. Covering a decade of work, the exhibition reveals a wide-ranging interdisciplinary practice that merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation and collaborative action. Like her predecessors Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Neuenschwander is at once artistic instigator, commissioning agent and social organizer, exploring themes such as nature, language, time and the poetry of the quotidian.
Works in the exhibition will include drawings exposed to equatorial rains as they morph into exquisite continental maps; small circles of adhesive applied to the gallery floor to create over time a physical map of the movements of visitors in the exhibition space; and an immersive installation that investigates paranoia in an age in which privacy is no longer an individual's natural right, among many others.
Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other is organized by the New Museum, New York, in association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and is curated by Richard Flood, chief curator at the New Museum. The presentation of First Love at all exhibition venues is made possible by a gift from Romero Pimenta. The presentation of the exhibition in St. Louis is provided by the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
One of the works in the exhibition, titled First Love, is dependent on audience participation. In this work, people are asked to describe their “first love” to a forensic sketch artist.
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About the artist
Rivane Neuenschwander was born in 1967 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she currently lives and works. Over the past 20 years she has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the South London Gallery, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Saint Louis Art Museum; and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Guggenheim Museum, New York. She was featured in the 55th Carnegie International (2008); the 28th São Paulo Biennale (2008); T2, the Torino Triennale (2008); the 9th Havana Biennial (2006); the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005); and the first Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999).
New Museum, New York City, June 23 to September 19, 2010
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, October 8, 2010, to January 10, 2011
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, February 12 to June 19, 2011
Miami Art Museum, July 17 to October 16, 2011
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, November 15, 2011, to February 2012
The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalog (English and Portuguese) with essays by Richard Flood; Paulo Herkenhoff, director, Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro; Lars Bang Larsen, curator; Yasmil Raymond, curator, DIA Art Foundation; and Rachel Thomas, senior curator and director of exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
1.Installation view from Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, New Museum, New York, 2010. Foreground: Rain Rains (2002). Aluminum buckets, water, steel cable, and ladder, dimensions variable. Background: After the Storm (2010). Acrylic paint on maps, wood, 31 1/2 x 26” each. Courtesy of the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photo by Benoit Pailley.
2. Installation view from Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, New Museum, New York, 2010. A Day Like Any Other (2010).
3. Rivane Neuenschwander, from After the Storm, 2010. Acrylic paint on road maps, wood, 26 x 31 1/2". Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
4. Rivane Neuenschwander, The Fall, 2009. Still. High definition digital video, 14 min. 30 sec. looped. Made in collaboration with Sérgio Neuenschwander. Soundtrack by Sérgio Neuenschwander. Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
5. Rivane Neuenschwander, Involuntary Sculptures(Speech Acts), 2010. Installation view. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photo by Benoit Pailley.