Ernesto Neto, Kiasma, 4.3.-4.9, 2016.
The retrospective Ernesto Neto: Sopro [Blow] brings together 60 works by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, one of the most prominent names in contemporary sculpture. Since the beginning of his career, in the 1980s, the artist has been producing a body of work that sets in motion a dialogue between the exhibition space and the various dimensions of the spectator.
Bringing into play his unique comprehension of Neo-Concrete heritage, Ernesto Neto (Rio de Janeiro, 1964) unfolds his initial sculptures – elaborated from materials such as polyamide stockings, polystyrene spheres, spices and herbs – into large, immersive installations that proposes to the spectator a space for conviviality, for taking a breath and for fostering consciousness and awareness. His sculptural practice is engendered by the tension embodied in textile materials and in handicraft techniques like crochet. These great ludic structures accommodate rituals and actions that reveal the artist’s current concerns: the affirmation of the body as an element that cannot be dissociated from the mind and from spirituality.
(Photo by Petri Virtanen.)