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  • Julho, 10. 2014

    Inhotim press room


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    Award-winning architecture

    Award-winning architecture

    In addition to works of art and gardens that draw attention worldwide, Inhotim has also been consolidating itself as a showcase of Brazilian contemporary architecture. Proof of this is that the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center, where the work Narcissus Garden Inhotim (2009) by artist Yayoi Kusama is installed, was nominated for the 1st Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, granted by the Illinois Institute of Technology, in the United States. Among the 225 projects chosen, 36 stood out in the “exceptional” category, including the Institute’s building, which was joined by important names in architecture in the Americas, such as Herzog & Meuron, Gehry Partners and Steven Holl Architects.

    This is not the first time the building is nominated for an award. Created to Inhotim by the Minas Gerais-based office Arquitetos Associados and inaugurated in 2009, the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center won in the “Institutional Buildings” category of the 3rd Best of Architecture, granted by the Arquitetura & Construção magazine (Editora Abril), nominated for the 9th Young Architects 2009, granted by IAB SP; nominated for the 12th IAB MG Architecture Award in 2010, among others.

    Essentially a space for work and knowledge, the Burle Marx Educational and Cultural Center houses the Institute’s educational programs, oriented towards Art and Education and Environmental Education. With 1,704 m2, the building houses a library and studios where workshops take place, in addition to Inhotim Theater, with 214 seats, and Café do Teatro, a great place to have a espresso and try a great pão de queijo (cheese puff).

    On top of the building lies a version of one of the most emblematic works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.Originally shown in the 33rd Venice Biennial, in an off-record participation of the artist in the event, Narcissus Garden Inhotim gathers 500 stainless iron spheres that float on a water mirror on the roof. Wind and other external factors create new forms in the installation, which reflects visitors, the sky, the water and the surrounding vegetation, creating, in the words of Kusama, “a kinetic carpet”.

    What about you? Have you already been to the building and seen this work?Tell us about your experience and comment below.

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    Novembro, 19. 2013

    Inhotim press room


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    Leitura: 3 min

    Creative Obsession

    Creative Obsession

    Yayoi Kusama was still a child when she experienced her first hallucinations. The Japanese girl’s mind was then, inhabited by dots, balls and phallic shapes, which led to a compulsive disorder diagnosis. Aged eleven, the girl found a way to deal with her condition in using creativity. Currently, at the age of 84, still seeing the same shapes, she carries on working. The circular patterns, which have become a trademark for the artist, who is among Inhotim’s collection can be seen until January of 2014 in the works being displayed at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil do Rio de Janeiro.

    Infinite Obsession features paintings, installations, videos, sculptures and other works, comprising Kusama’s first solo exhibition in Brazil. The CCBB visitor is invited to appreciate various artworks, such as Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli’s Field (1965), Fireflies on the Water (2012).  and Obliteration Room. The latter work is an interactive installation which was first conceived for the QueenslandArtGallery in 2002

    and invites the audience to share the artist ‘s obsession by pasting colored polka-dot stickers on a white room’s wall (see TateShots’ flabbergasting final result of the installation in London)

    Evocando o mito de Narciso, no Inhotim o visitante é convidado a apreciar sua própria imagem em um das  500 esferas de aço que flutuam sobre um espelho d’água. / Foto: Daniela Paoliello.

    The myth of Narcissus: Inhotim’s visitors are encouraged to appreciate their own reflection in one of the 500 steel balls floating on the water mirror. Photo: Daniela Paoliello.

     

    If you have been to Inhotim before, you are probably acquainted with the Narcissus garden Inhotim (2009). It is a version of a former artwork set up for the 33rd Venice Biennale. At the time, Yayoi Kusama surreptitiously spread 1,500 mirrored balls on the official pavilions’ lawn. While wandering about, the visitor would then pass by the installation and see the sign she had placed between the spheres, which read: “Your narcissism for sale.” The price?  $2 a piece. The artist was removed from the festival, where she would only set foot again 27 years later, now as a guest.

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