A single provocative question provides the common thread connecting works in the Cycle exhibition which, starting August 23, will occupy the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo in two stages, exhibiting anthological works by 14 artists of different generations and nationalities: the urgency and relevance of producing art from elements present in the world, attributing new meaning to materials, subverting meanings and reinventing ways of seeing and feeling things. A highlight of the 32nd Biennial’s parallel circuit, the exhibition aims to establish a sort of bridge between a founding moment of contemporary art—the creation of the first ready-mades exactly a century ago by Marcel Duchamp—and the fertile reinvention of this type of operation today.
The materials explored are most diverse: inner tubes, toothpicks, electronic waste, weapons, candy, vehicles and even garbage. The techniques, as well, are deliberately unusual, intermingled and daring. “We looked for works that seek to create the new without creating more things, that start with what already is, already exists,” curator Marcello Dantas explains. Two years of intense research resulted in a widely diversified panorama which combines big names on the international circuit, such as Chinese artist Song Dong and the Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos, with younger artists whose careers are still on the rise, like the Uruguayan Julia Castagno and the Italian Lorenzo Durantini.
The exhibition is subdivided into two parts which will be inaugurated in São Paulo on two separate dates. The first and largest group of works, made up of major installations and sculptures distributed throughout the approximately thousand square meters (10,750 square feet) of CCBB São Paulo, can be visited starting August 23. But three special works will not be presented to the public until September 6, a symbolic date and also significant on the city’s cultural agenda since it is the opening day of the Biennial. These include the forceful external intervention authored by German Michael Sailstorfer, which overlays the CCBB facade with intertwined inner tubes, giving body to the intangible pollution; and the gigantic self-portrait of Canadian Douglas Coupland titled Gum Head on which the public is invited to affix gum that has already been chewed. In addition, the long awaited performance organized by Song Dong will also happen on this date during which the public is invited to devour, literally, the city of São Paulo, reconstructed in the form of a gigantic mockup made of sweets.
In the words of Marcos Mantoan, director of CCBB São Paulo, “These works contribute to the continuity of the institution’s proposal to extend outward into its surroundings, integrating the CCBB into downtown São Paulo public space.
List of artists:
Tayeba Begum Lipi (Bangladesh) / Daniel Canogar (Spain) / Julia Castagno (Uruguay) / Douglas Coupland (Canada) / Petah Coyne (United States) / Song Dong (China) / Tara Donovan (United States) / Lorenzo Durantini (Italy) / Ryan Gander (England) / Daniel Rozin (Israel) / Pedro Reyes (Mexico) / Michael Sailstorfer (Germany) / Daniel Senise (Brazil) / Joana Vasconcelos (Portugal)
Sponsor: Banco do Brasil
Cultural support: Goethe Institut
Realization: Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
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