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  • Novembro, 25. 2014

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    Leitura: 8 min

    Inhotim opens first traveling exhibition

    Inhotim opens first traveling exhibition

    Opening on December 12, the Palácio das Artes and the Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia in Belo Horizonte are hosting the exhibition Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim [From the Object to the World – The Inhotim Collection]. This traveling show marks the first time that a part of Instituto Inhotim’s collection has left the institute’s facilities in Brumadinho (MG). Featuring over 50 artworks , which date from the 1950s up to the present day, the exhibition is composed of a cross-section of the collection. and examines the field of contemporary art, in the light of the institution’s collection and programs, which first opened to the general public in 2006. Co-produced by Fundação Clóvis Salgado, the show will run until March 8, 2015, after which it will travel onward to São Paulo, opening at Itaú Cultural in April 2015. It will be free to enter at all touring venues.

    The exhibition focuses on a historical moment when art expanded beyond objects to become more open to the world. In this context, elements from daily life, from real space, from politics and the body are incorporated into art and the spectator becomes a participant. For Rodrigo Moura – Inhotim’s director of art and cultural programs, and the curator of the exhibition – this is an opportunity for audiences to get to know the institute’s collection, as most of the artworks have never been shown at the park. “They are works that point out possible paths in the history of art over the last 50 years, which have allowed Inhotim to be what it is,” he explains.

    The president of Fundação Clóvis Salgado, Fernanda Machado, draws attention to the importance of the circulation of Inhotim’s collection. “We are very happy to be displaying this rich collection for the first time. We understand that it involves a bold project that aims to offer the public a glimpse at a wide variety of previously unseen artworks. We believe that this partnership allows us to enlarge the mission of Fundação Clóvis Salgado and to further expand access to culture to our audiences.”

    An exhibition path in four segments

    In the main gallery of the Palácio das Artes, historical works are placed in dialogue with more recent ones. Organized in four segments, the exhibition path begins with the neoconcretism of Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape, passes through the conceptual geometry of Channa Horwitz, Cildo Meireles and David Lamelas as well as through the avant-garde works of the Gutai group, which arose in Japan during years immediately following the second World War, and ends with action art and the presence of the body in art, exemplified by the work of Chris Burden, among others and are presented in dialogue with artists such as Gabriel Sierra, Jac Leirner, Cinthia Marcelle, and others.

    The galleries on the lower level feature smaller-scale installations by Ernesto Neto, Jorge Macchi,Mauro Restiffe, Melanie Smith, Rivane Neuenschwander and Thomas Hirschhorn. At the Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia, a historical building in the city’s downtown region, the video installation Homo sapiens sapiens (2005) by Pipilotti Rist, will be shown for the first time in Brazil. Filmed at Inhotim before the park was opened to the general public, the work explores the institute’s garden and creates an immersive environment that encourages the visitor to lie back and absorb the images projected on the ceiling.

    From the Body to the Earth

    The exhibition’s title also refers to the event Do Corpo à Terra [From the Body to the Earth], which took place during the inauguration of the Palácio das Artes, in April 1970. Organized by critic Frederico Morais, today it is considered a milestone in the investigations concerning the environmental and experimentalist art of the avant-garde movement in Brazil. Two productions made on that occasion are part of the show: Ação no Parque Municipal [Action at the Municipal Park] 1970, by Décio Noviello, and Situação T/T 1 – Belo Horizonte [Situation T/T 1 – Belo Horizonte], 1970, by Artur Barrio.


    The first days of the exhibition will feature special programming, with talks between artists and curators.

    December 12 (Friday), at 7:30 p.m. – Palácio das Artes – Sala Juvenal Dias

    The artists David Lamelas and Jorge Macchi will answer questions from curators Rodrigo Moura and Inês Grosso.

    Seating capacity: 170 people. Free admission, by order of arrival.

    Simultaneous Spanish-Portuguese translation.

    December 13 (Saturday), at 2:30 p.m. – Palácio das Artes – Sala Juvenal Dias

    Cildo Meireles, Décio Noviello and Frederico Morais participate in a conversation mediated by curator Júlia Rebouças.

    Seating capacity: 170 people. Free admission, by order of arrival.


    Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim

    Where: Palácio das Artes (Av. Afonso Pena, 1.537, Centro, Belo Horizonte/MG) and Centro de Arte Contemporânea e Fotografia (Av. Afonso Pena, 737, Centro, Belo Horizonte/MG).

    When: from December 12, 2014, to March 8, 2015. Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Visits program: during the week, the Educational Program in Visual Arts of FCS will provide guided visits to both walk-in and pre-booked visitors. Groups of six people and larger require prior scheduling by phone: (+55 31) 3236-7471 or email: agendamento.educativo@fcs.mg.gov.br.

    – On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the educators propose a thematic path that further investigates the work ofartists featured in the exhibition. Starting times: Saturdays, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, at 4:30 p.m.

    The exhibition Do Objeto para o Mundo – Coleção Inhotim [From the Object to the World – The Inhotim Collection] is é realizada pelo Ministério da Cultura, tem apresentação do Inhotim e Itaú e correalização da Fundação Clóvis Salgado.


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    Novembro, 03. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    Leitura: 5 min

    5 works of art to chill out

    Contemporary art has the power to turn one’s head around. It awakens memories often forgotten and brings up a ton of feelings, often antagonistic ones.

    In addition to all this, the works in this list are great to help you relax while visiting the park.

    Piscina [Swimming pool], Jorge Macchi

    First on the list, as it should be, it is the most obvious and crowed one in sunny days. A swimming pool!That’s right! Based on the design by Argentinean artist Jorge Macchi, the work was built and is open for visitation, or rather, for swimming.



    Continente/Nuvem [Continente/Nuvem], Rivane Neuenschwander

    A work intended for you to enjoy lying down.After long walks, that alone would suffice. The floor is cool and it is worth playing to find shapes as we do with clouds in the sky.



    A Origem da Obra de Arte [The Origin of the Work of Art], Marilá Dardot

    With an inspiring view, the work is spread around the garden and invites visitors to plant words. That is right! You put on an apron, choose the letters, the seeds and learn to plant. Strolling along the lawn is also very relaxing and you will certainly laugh a lot with the ideas of those who were there before you.



    Folly, Valeska Soares

    Those who have already been to Inhotim know how hot it can be at the park, and that the air conditioner in the galleries refreshes one’s brain instantly. Now, add people dancing in the dark to a song that could be in the soundtrack of your favorite romantic comedies. Certainly, you will be a lot lighter when you leave Folly than you were when you first entered.



    Galeria Cosmococa

    Cosmococa is also known as kids’ favorite gallery. There, you can play with balloons, jump on mattresses, lie on a hammock, listen to Jimi Hendrix and jump into a very cold pool.

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    Have you noticed our list stars and finishes with a swimming pool? Now, all you have to do is plan your visit and dive into contemporary art.

    Have you visited Inhotim and want to share your list of the best works to chill out? Leave a comment here.


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    Setembro, 30. 2014

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    Leitura: 3 min

    The garden and other myths

    The garden and other myths

    Since early September, Inhotim has shown the individual exhibit The Garden and other myths, by Romanian artist Geta Br?tescu. Occupying part of Galeria Lago, the exhibit gathers works produced from the 1960s to 2012, and shows a great range of the artist’s production and her perceptions on the female condition, as well as on the making of art itself.

    Geta Br?tescu is currently 88 years old. She has studied in the School of Languages and in the Fine Arts Institute in Bucharest. As it happened in other dictatorships in Western Europe, the Romanian art scene was divided into the “official art”, aimed at State propaganda, and the productions that appeared outside public institutions, in a marginalized way. This was the context in which Br?tescu produced for three decades, and worked as an illustrator for cultural newspaper Secolul 20. Some of the works published back then can be seen in the exhibit.



    Charcoal and ink crawing on paper, from the “Nuduri” (1975) series, part of the “The Garden and other miths” exhibit. Photo: Rossana Magri

    Collages, lithographs, book illustrations, photographs, prints, tapestry, experimental films and video-performances are some of the techniques used by Br?tescu. At Inhotim, some of her works refer back to classical ancient times and Greek mythology. This is the case of Medea, the representation of the mythical character who betrays her family to live with her great love, Jason. When Medea finds out she was replaced by another woman, she kills her own children to revenge.

    Like other artists, Br?tescu visited industrial areas in the country and used this context as a source of inspiration in her production. The circular shape of boilers, pressure gauges, and iron train wheels can be seen in several works, such as Circles (2012). Would the circle be a metaphorical principle?Could the shape of a circle narrate the ups and downs of the Romanian communist regime?These are but a few reflections that emerge from the artist’s work. Make sure to check it out!

    Magno Silva, art educator at Instituto Inhotim



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    Setembro, 25. 2014


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    Leitura: 3 min

    Everyday Beauty

    Everyday Beauty

    Until September 28, next Sunday, Inhotim will be taking part in the Museum Spring, a nationwide event promoted by the Brazilian Museum Institute (IBRAM) whose 2014 theme is Creative Museums. Among the attractions in the Institute’s program is the exhibit Beleza Cotidiana [Everyday Beauty]. The intent of this exhibit is to show the relationship Brumadinho residents have established with beauty, inviting visitors to reflect on human sensitivity and its multiple manifestations.

    Affective bonds and everyday life are also themes present in the images beautifully made by photographer Marcelo Coelho, portraying orchids grown in the homes of Brumadinho residents. In the narratives that make up the exhibit, it is possible to notice a bit of the subjectivity of the city’s residents, whose cultural richness is expressed by its musicians’ artistic sense, as well as by their religiosity and striking rhythms of Congado and Mozambique Guards.  Finally, this can also be seen in the maintenance of rituals that still show the rural heritage that survives in this society rapidly transitioning to urban patterns typical of the contemporary way of life.

    In flowers and phrases, death, memory, life, celebration and in the importance of caring, an explosion of beauty is revealed, harmonically presented in the expographic project by Esther Mourão (Ticha). Themes and flowers also appear in the diligent work of female artisans from Médio Vale do Paraopeba, whose work uncover a spring built by human hands, as we can see in the floral arrangements in the exhibit.

    Beleza Cotidiana is also the result of diligent research work carried out at Inhotim, whose purpose is to deepen the knowledge of the region and, thus, propose actions that value the local identity. Only by considering the scope of the group of studies would it be possible to listen to questionings such as the one made by Ângela Magela, orchid grower in Brumadinho: “Beauty is undeniable, isn’t it?”.

    We invite you to dive into this universe of beauty and sensibility.


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    Setembro, 10. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    Leitura: 2 min

    The sleeping city

    The sleeping city

    Modernist sculptor Ji?í Lang probably could not imagine that, ten years after his passing, his works created in the Czech Republic during the soviet regime would be shown in Brazil. Although his work was considered promising at the time, the uniformity and control imposed by the government kept his sculptures dormant in his studio, in Prague.

    In 2011, his son, Dominik Lang, brought new meaning to the sculptures creating The Sleeping City installation.  Dominik organized his father’s forgotten pieces, fracturing and surrounding them with physical obstacles such as wardrobes, tables, among others. The work displayed at the 54th Venice Biennial can now be seen at Inhotim and suggests questioning on art’s visibility and destiny.


    Dominik Lang grew up seeing his father’s sculptures dormant at his studio.

    Since his early creations his has been interested in artistic production and space modification. Dominik Lang often stands between the role of the author and that of the architect, making ephemeral interventions that change the way we perceive objects and places. By choosing his father’s work as his raw material, Dominik creates an unlikely reunion of two generations.

    The next time you visit Inhotim, don’t miss out on the opportunity to stop by Galeria Lago and see his work up close.


    The artist took part in the installation assembly with curator Rodrigo Moura at Galeria Lago, at Inhotim. Photo: Daniela Paoliello


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