PAMM Pérez Art Museum

Rivane Neuenschwander

17 Jul - 16 Oct 2011

© Rivane Neuenschwander
Eu desejo o seu desejo / I wish your wish, 2003. Silkscreen on fabric ribbons. Dimensions variable. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Juan and Pat Vergez Collection. Image courtesy New Museum, New York.
Photo by Benoit Pailley.
A Day Like Any Other
17 July - 16 October, 2011

In July 2011, Miami Art Museum will present the first mid-career survey of the work of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) focusing on over ten years of innovative practice. Neuenschwander’s work, which includes painting, photography, film, sculpture, immersive installations and participatory actions, combines conceptual rigor, sensory appeal, poetic evocation and viewer interaction. Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other (July 17 - October 16, 2011) punctuates the elements that have led to her reputation as one of the most unique contributors to contemporary Brazilian art.

Inspired by nature, time, life cycles, mysteries of perception and human exchange, Neuenschwander creates playful, sensual and often participatory artworks that blur distinctions between author, artwork and viewer. For some of the work on view, Neuenschwander is the sole creator. Other pieces are the result of collaborations with entities as varied as musicians, forensic artists, bar patrons, nature and the exhibition’s visitors. Motifs that repeat with regularity include mapping, measuring, trading and categorization.

Neuenschwander’s practice merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, and participatory actions. In her work, which is always based on social situations and frequently involves viewer interaction, Brazilian artist Neuenschwander acts as creator, editor, collaborator, social organizer, and commissioning agent. The exhibition surveys Neuenschwander’s work of the past decade and will include three of Neuenschwander’s incredibly immersive, viscerally beautiful installations. “Rain Rains” from 2002 is an environment of leaking buckets controlled by the Sisyphean recirculation of the water in four-hour cycles. In “I Wish Your Wish” (2003) thousands of ribbons printed with wishes will hang from the gallery walls; visitors will be invited to choose a ribbon, tie it to their wrist, and replace it with a new wish written on slip of paper, continuing the project that keeps generating new ribbons and dreams. For “First Love” (2010), a police sketch artist will work with visitors to produce portraits of the visitors’ “first loves,” which will then be displayed on the gallery walls for the duration of the exhibition.

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