Bilbao, 19 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 14 February to 15 May 2014, Guggenheim Bilbao is presenting the exhibition “The body that carries me” (“El cuerpo que me lleva”), a retrospective dedicated to work by the artist Ernesto Neto.
Drawing on works from 1990 to 2013, the exhibition is to present a broad selection of around a hundred works from Ernesto Neto’s artistic catalogue. Many of the works included in the exhibition are immensely tall and have had to be reconfigured to enable them to be successfully exhibited in the gallery space. One such work, Leviathan Thot, was exhibited in the Pantheon in Paris in 2006 and has had to be adapted for its installation in the museum’s atrium.
The exhibition hopes to pay homage to Ernesto Neto’s unique visual language embodied in his works. They encourage the viewer to interact on an intensely personal level, facilitating movement and sensory experience. The artist’s polymorphus, organic sculptures create an aesthetic and poetic experience which is highly synesthetic.
Bilbao, 18 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 14 March, the Guggenheim Bilbao is to present “Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. Retrospective”, to feature around 200 works, produced across the artist’s 50 year career.
Pieces on display highlight the materially diverse nature of Ono’s practice, which comprises poetry, film, drawing, installation, performance and music. A number of recent pieces are also to be displayed, including a new version of the installation and performance piece Moving Mountains.
Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo (Japan) in 1933, and spent her childhood in Japan and the United States. She is considered to be both an accomplished visual artist and a pioneer of performance art who, for some time, has been linked to the Fluxus movement.
Bilbao, 19 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 14 February to 18 March 2014, the Guggenheim Bilbao is to welcome an exhibition of works by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto entitled “Ernesto Neto: The Body that Carries Me”.
The artist, who defines himself as a sculptor, creates artworks that the visitor must experience through mind, body and spirit. The artist offers his audience a phenomenological approach; they can inhabit, feel and even smell his artworks. The viewer actively aids and participates in this fusion between sculpture and architecture.
According to the artist, “What we have in common is more important than what makes us different. I like to discuss the situation of humanity, the temperature of the things we experience. The movement of things. The language. [...] We are constantly receiving information, but here, I want you to stop thinking. Take refuge in art. I think that not thinking is good, it allows you to breathe in life.”
Neto was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1964, where he has lived and worked since. The body, space and matter are all fundamental elements of his artistic process, and his installations completely encompass the spaces in which they are presented.