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Possibilities of Exchange

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art. The exhibition includes objects by some famous artists like Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto. Works on the floor, on walls, on shelves or gathered together on tables as if still in the studio.

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Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho with artists: Artur Barrio, Waltércio Caldas, Sergio Camargo, Aluísio Carvão, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Lygia Clark, Antonio Dias, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Antonio Manuel, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga and Carlos Zilio.

In the 1950s and 1960s, artists in Brazil radically transformed what the object of art could be. It was a period of intense experimentation, extremely important to art history, and its effects are still being felt today.

Curator Paulo Venancio Filho has brought together objects from studios; talking directly to surviving artists from the period, to artists’ heirs and estates, and to more contemporary artists still working in this experimental tradition today. The exhibition includes objects by some of the most famous of all Brazilian artists – Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto – and some whose work has only rarely been seen outside Brazil.

On the floor, on walls, hanging from the ceiling, on shelves or gathered together on tables as if still in the studio, these objects invite us to look at art afresh. Playing with ideas around abstraction, figuration, the ready-made and even performance, this show allows us to think again about what sculpture can be.

This exhibition is supported by Art Edu Stiftung.

Concert: Strings, Wires, Threads and Guts: Emma Lloyd and Matthew Whiteside
Sunday 10 May, 7-8.30pm. £6. Book via Eventbrite.
A musical way to enjoy an evening viewing of the exhibition with music for viola d’amore, viola and electronics. Includes Prologue by Gérard Grisey and premieres Glasgow-based composer Matthew Whiteside’s new work.

Curator’s Talk
Friday 6 March, 5pm – 6pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite.
Guest curator Paulo Venancio Filho talks to curator Professor Briony Fer (UCL).

Panel Discussion
Wednesday 13 May, 6pm – 8pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite.
Refreshments and exhibition viewing from 6pm.

Rachel Adams (artist), Dr Michael Asbury (University of the Arts, London) and Dr Isobel Whitelegg (LJMU/Tate Liverpool) consider the role of the object in Brazilian art from the 1950s to the present. Chaired by Dr Catherine Spencer (University of St Andrews).

Part of the conference ‘Possibilities of Exchange: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art’, co-organised by The Fruitmarket Gallery and Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh (13 & 14 May 2015). For further information, visit

Lara Demori - Minto House (room 4.17), Chambers Street, EH1 1JZ, Edinburgh
Press contact
Claire Rocha da Cruz P 0131 226 8182 E

Image: Hélio Oiticica, Quasi-Cinema, Block Experiments em Cosmococa, CC3 Maileryn, 1973 Hélio Oiticica, Projeto Helio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), Reprodução fotográfica Andreas Valentin

The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
Open seven days. Always free
Mon–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 12–5pm

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