August 20, 2014 - Instituto Inhotim - Opening, with new exhibitions by Geta Brătescu, Carroll Dunham, Dominik Lang and David Medalla
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August 20, 2014

Opening, with new exhibitions by Geta Brătescu, Carroll Dunham, Dominik Lang and David Medalla

Geta Brătescu, Medea Hypostases III, 1980. Drawing with sewing machine on textile, 90 x 60 cm. Photo: Stefan Sava. Courtesy the artist and Ivan Gallery, Bucharest. Inhotim Collection.

New exhibitions by Geta Brătescu, Carroll Dunham, Dominik Lang and David Medalla
Opening:
4 September 2014

Instituto Inhotim
Rua B, 20
Brumadinho, Minas Gerais
Brazil 35460-000
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:30am–4:30pm, 
Saturday–Sunday and holidays 9:30am–5:30pm

T +55 31 3571 9700

www.inhotim.org.br

Instituto Inhotim opens on 4 September a comprehensive solo exhibition by Geta Brătescu, a new permanent gallery with works by Carroll Dunham as well as large-scale installations by Dominik Lang and David Medalla. A special program for the opening event also includes a performance by Medalla and a concert by Brazilian musicians Jards Macalé and Jorge Mautner. A special program for the opening event also includes a performance by David Medalla and a concert by Brazilian musicians Jards Macalé and Jorge Mautner.

Annually changing presentations from the collection as well as introducing especially commissioned works allow for new dialogues with existing permanent and temporary installations at Inhotim. While there has been over the past decade an increasing interest internationally in art from Latin America, it is Inhotim’s mission to also introduce to its audience less known names and different forms of art-making. This year showcasing artists from Eastern Europe, Asia and North America, and exhibitions encompassing a wide range of media, scale and visual language, Inhotim responds to a change in perspective and a decentralized narrative in art history.

Inhotim is opening a new permanent gallery dedicated to North American painter Carroll Dunham (b. 1949, New Haven, USA). Based in New York since the 1970s, the artist has produced works with multiple influences, from Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism to pornography and cartoon. In 2005, after a visit to Inhotim, Dunham was commissioned to create images that would translate the artist’s language into the context of Inhotim. This gave rise to  Garden (2008), a cycle of five paintings that will be shown together in an old farmhouse, adapted for their presentation. 

Galeria Lago has been restructured to receive works by three artists: Geta Brătescu (b. 1926, Ploiesti, Romania), one of the most important names of the postwar avant-garde in Eastern Europe, holds a wide-scope solo show with works produced between 1975 and 2013 titled O jardim e outros mitos [The Garden and Other Myths]. In her collages, paintings, drawings, prints and experimental films, the artist reflects on artistic practice and the female condition, seeking references in narratives of the ancient classical times.

Dominik Lang (b. 1980, Prague, Czech Republic) presents Sleeping City (2011), using bronze sculptures made by his father, artist Jiří Lang (1927–1996), during the 1950s and ’60s. Presented among structures of iron, wood, glass and fabric, the pieces take on new meanings, wrapped in personal memories and the affective and artistic relation between father and son. The installation was first presented at the 2011 Venice Biennale, occupying the entire Czech pavilion.

In the third section of the gallery, David Medalla (b. 1942, Manila, Philippines) is presenting Cloud-Gates (1965/2013). This work belongs to his series Bubble Machines—kinetic sculptures made of foam and first created by the artist in the 1960s. Driven by a motor, a mixture of water and soap moves up through plastic tubes, creating columns of bubbles in constant mutation. 

About Instituto Inhotim
Opened to the public in 2006, Inhotim combines contemporary art, a botanical garden, social development and education in a unique way. Located in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, 60 km from the state capital of Belo Horizonte, Inhotim is an innovative and creative environment. Inhotim’s contemporary art collection holds about 800 works, 170 currently on display in 22 pavilions. 

Press contact: Malu Gonçalves, malu.goncalves [​at​] inhotim.org.br

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