Take advantage of the holiday to visit some of the most important exhibitions and other activities in the art world in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte… And (why not?) New York. In São Paulo, Sesc opens a new unit, which already has an exhibition by Bill Viola. The Ex-Africa exhibition arrives at the São Paulo unit of the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center. In Belo Horizonte, the first edition of the ArteBH fair promises to be a beacon of the market. Check out the full schedule below:

Next to Casa das Rosas and Japan House, the Sesc Avenida Paulista building has 17 floors.

Sesc Avenida Paulista, opening of the unit, on 29/4

Expecting to receive around 18 people a week, Sesc Avenida Paulista was born with a vocation for body, art and technology activities. The building has concert halls and cultural workshops, an exhibition space and space for physical and sports practices, a dental clinic, a play space, a library, a dining room and other equipment present in the Sesc units, except for the gym and swimming pool. In its debut, the unit presents the exhibition Visions of Time, from the pioneer of video art Bill Viola.

Bill Viola, Chapel of Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures, 2013

Arjan Martins, 'The Atlantic Triangle'.

ex-africa, collective at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in São Paulo, opening on 28/5.

Exhibition, already presented in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, which brings to CCBB for the first time a great and essential panorama of contemporary art on the continent and the identity of modern Africa, marked by a diversity of cultural encounters and interactions, by exchange processes and acculturation, through the recent production of 18 artists from 8 African countries. They are also joined by two Afro-Brazilian artists, Arjan Martins and Dalton Paula.

WHEN BREAKS BURN, collective occupation. Photo by Marília Scharlach

WHEN BREAKS BURN, performance piece at Casa do Povo, from 4 to 13/5.

Fruits of the high school spring, 14 insurgent bodies move the experience inside the occupied schools to the scene, creating a collective and common narrative from the perspective of those who lived intensely the daily life within the movement.

Emmanuel Nassar 81-18, individual at the Pinacoteca, until 2/7

With his production, Nassar provokes reflections on the “erudite” and the “popular”. His paintings and objects are marked by apparently banal interactions: from the logos painted on street facades to the rigorous geometry that refers to Brazilian concretism; from the popular painting of the circus and the amusement park that circulates the country to the irony of American pop art. In addition, the use of symbols such as the national flag, the Coca-Cola logo and the reference to Hollywood are also present without hierarchies, but presented with an ironic sense of humor.

Aleijadinho, 'Our Lady of Sorrows', XNUMXth century

Aleijadinho's pictures, individual at MASP, until 3/6

The exhibition brings together 37 devotional sculptures whose authorship was attributed to Aleijadinho or his workshop by different specialists or by tradition at different times. These works belong to the collections of museums, churches and private collections. It is called “devotional sculpture” to the image intended for the direct veneration of the faithful, in a public or private context, differentiating it, in the totality of Aleijadinho's works, from the monumental sculpture and the images inserted in the sets of ornamental carvings. The show is curated by Rodrigo Moura.

Johann Moritz Rugendas, 'Fête de Ste. Rosalie, patrone des negres', 1835.

Rio do Samba: resistance and reinvention, collective exhibition at the Museu de Arte do Rio, opening on 28/4.

The exhibition is divided into three moments: “From African heritage to Rio Negro”, “From Praça XI to contact zones” and “Samba Carioca, a heritage”. The exhibition will have as its main space the third floor of the institution, an area dedicated to investigating the history of Rio de Janeiro, but it will also occupy the pilotis and the Meeting Room. More than 800 items, including paintings, photographs, documents, objects, videos and installations make up “O RIO DO SAMBA“. The curatorship is by Nei Lopes, Evandro Salles, Clarissa Diniz and Marcelo Campos.

Willy Ronis, 'La Chanson du Chat', 1994

ArteBH, art fair in Belo Horizonte, from May 3rd.

In its first edition, ArteBH already brings together 20 of the most interesting art galleries in the country. Ten are from Belo Horizonte and are part of 10Contemporâneo, a group of the most respected galleries in the city. The others come from all over Brazil. Together, they will present works by established artists and young talents, unpublished and other rare works, unique pieces and limited editions. There are more than 200 works on display.


Torbjørn Rødland, 'Dry Faucet no. 3', 2016 – 2018.

Freeze Art Fair, art fair in New York, starting May 3.

One of the most sought-after art fairs in the world, Frieze Art Fair features new curation this year and promises to be, according to director Victoria Siddall, “a fresh and exciting experience”. This year, the fair pays homage to the eccentric art dealer Hudson, who will have a foundation for art launched in his name.


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