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Imagine Brazil

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal

A selection of old artists who have been invited into the show by the younger ones, providing a story of recent art in Brazil. Participating artists: Cildo Meireles, Rivane Neuenschwander, Chiara Banfi, Carlos Nunes...

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Curated by:
Gunnar B. Kvaran, Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo), Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries (London), Thierry Raspail, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, together with Cheryl Sim, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art (Montréal)

"We all have our own idea of Brazil. It is a country that is close to us and yet at the same time distant, mysterious and uncanny. In a certain way, Brazil is an imaginary country. It is a country of spectacular nature and magic, of ethnic and social diversity. In fact, it is not one country but multiple, variable, rich and overwhelming lands. There is thus no one way to sum up the nation or the country, and the same goes for its art scene.

This is why we have called our exhibition Imagine Brazil. What you will see is a constellation of works by young artists, our view on emerging Brazilian contemporary art. We also present two further exhibitions within the exhibition: a selection of more established artists who have been invited into the show by the younger ones whom we have chosen, providing a story of recent art in Brazil, and an exhibition of artists' books by emerging practitioners, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Ana Luiza Fonseca. There is no attempt to tell a single truth through these selections, only to make hypotheses and propositions based on our knowledge, sensibility and experience, the personal choices of the young Brazilian artists and the expertise of the Brazilian curators."
–Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thierry Raspail

Participating artists:
Arrigo Barnabé, J. Borges, Sofia Borges, Rodrigo Cass, Adriano Costa, Jonathas de Andrade, Deyson Gilbert, Fernanda Gomes, Marcellvs L., Milton Machado, Montez Magno, Cinthia Marcelle, Thiago Martins de Melo, Rodrigo Matheus, Cildo Meireles, Pedro Moraleida, Paulo Nazareth, Rivane Neuenschwander, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Sara Ramo, Mayana Redin, Gustavo Speridião, Tunga, Adriana Varejão, Caetano Veloso and Carlos Zilio

Artists' books (exhibition within the exhibition)
Marlon de Azambuja, Chiara Banfi, Artur Barrio, Debora Bolsoni, Waltercio Caldas, Felipe Cohen, Marilá Dardot, DetanicoLain, Ana Luiza Dias Batista, Marcius Galan, João Loureiro, Milton Marques, Lúcia Mindlin, Leya Mira Brander, Fabio Morais, Carlos Nunes, Nicolás Robbio and Lucas Simões

Imagine Brazil is produced by Astrup Fearnley Museet and the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon.

Imagine Brazil catalogue
The accompanying catalogue offers a text on each of the artists presented and attempts to offer a rich portrait of the contemporary Brazilian art milieu with an introduction by curator and art critic Kiki Mazzucchelli. In order to convey the many variable art scenes across the country's different regions, specific overviews of the cultural activities in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, as well as Brazil's five regions from north to south, east to west, are presented in separate texts by seven different authors; Gabriela Motta, Armando Queiroz, Clarissa Diniz, Matias Monteiro, Francisca Caporal, Marcelo Campos, Paulo Miyada. The catalogue is designed by Rune Døli.

DHC/ART programs
DHC/ART complements this exhibition with guided visits led by our curator and Education department, a hands on workshop, an audio introduction through our app, interpretive tools and an interdisciplinary round table event—all with free admission.

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
Established in 2007, DHC/ART is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Housed in two heritage buildings located in the heart of Old Montreal, DHC/ART's programming has met with critical acclaim both at home and around the world. Each year we offer two to three major exhibitions, a series of public events, special collaborative projects and a forward thinking education program. International in scope while responsive to the context of the city of Montreal, all of DHC/ART's programming is offered free of charge as a way to reinforce its commitment to accessibility while fostering a discussion on how contemporary art is invested with the topics and ideas that reflect and touch our everyday lives.

Image: Jonathas de Andrade
40 nego bom é um real (40 black candies for R$ 1.00), detail, 2013
16 silkscreen prints on wood, 7 acrylic engraved boards, 40 riso prints on paper, 40 laser prints on paper

Press office:
Myriam Achard, Directrice, communications et relations publiques 514 866-6767, poste 5104

Opening: November 6, 5:30–8:30pm

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
451 & 465, Saint-Jean StreetMontreal Quebec H2Y 2R5 Canada
Hours: Wed - Fri 12 PM - 7 PM, Sat - Sun 11 AM - 6 PM
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Imagine Brazil
dal 5/11/2015 al 12/3/2016

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