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These small insects, such as the moça-branca (Frieseomelitta varia), visit more than 90% of all agricultural crops and pollinate 10% of the world’s GDP. Foto: Bruno Figueiredo/Área de Serviç Stingless bees are the main pollinators of native flora. There are many striking examples of co-evolution between these insects and plants. Despite having such an important … Continued

O espaço físico pode ser um lugar abstrato, complexo e em construção

The production of Rommulo Vieira Conceição starts with the overlapping of elements present in public and private spaces. In his works, objects and the architecture are reorganized, thus fusing different environments in order to cause symbolic and functional displacements. This specific work was created based on field research conducted by the artist himself in some … Continued

Untitled, from the Marionettes series

Fictive or imaginary characters are recurring in the production of Tunga. In the work Untitled (2010), part of the Marionettes series, steel cables draw a human silhouette and compose a network, filled with big quartz crystals that give volume to this body. The body of crystals is then suspended in the space by metal threads … Continued

Toro Condensed; Toro Expanded

One of the basic elements in the conception of the work of Tunga is the image of the circle – a geometric shape that recalls the idea of continuous movements and alludes to metaphors of development, like the cycle of life. The torus is the resulting topological space of two circles: one from the inside … Continued


Tereza (1998) was made for the first time in 1998 at the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (Rio de Janeiro), where the artist gathered a group of men making braids out of pieces of blankets and copper wires. The action was a reference to the technique used by prisoners to build ropes long and strong … Continued


In this untitled work from 2001, the starting point is a major iron sheet covering the wall and taking over the floor of the space. In it, a big set of shattered magnets is regrouped, recalling the shape of a ‘tacape’ (indigenous weapon). On the ground, on top of the metal surface, a huge cane … Continued

Prole do Bebê

In Prole do Bebê (2000) each piece has a different shape. They are organic, nearly amoeboid shapes that Tunga names as ‘modrongos,’ weird beings. Such individual and independent bodies have protuberances and cavities, in an allusion to sexuality. Made in fiberglass, the pieces are also covered in make-up, as a trace of the performance Make … Continued

Palíndromo Incesto

Palíndromo Incesto (1990-1992) was featured in the itinerant exhibition ‘Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century,’ presented in several European institutions before arriving at the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1993. The title indicates several possible interpretations. A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backward and … Continued



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