Periplasmapylea, 2003 Wood, styrofoam and lycratulle, dimensions variable Astrup Fearnley Collection

From the 7th of September to the 1st of February 2011 – Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) has become well-known with his embracing installations . The viewer is invited into large spaces consisting of soft fabrics, exotic smells and bright colours. His works are perceived as an extension of abstract modernism, not least in relation to tendencies of brazilian modernism. This extensive exhibition will be Neto’s first retrospective presentation and will show 14 works from over the last 10 years.

In the three short films that can be found below, shot at his studio ATELIENAVE in Rio de Janeiro 25 May, Neto talkes about the exhibition and also about his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, and how ideas on gravity and space (nave means space ship) have influenced his art works. In the last film he reflects upon how the brazilian artistic heritage as well as arte povera and european modernism has helped shape his own artistic language.

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