Rivane Neuenschwander

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1967





Since the 1990s, Rivane Neuenschwander chooses elements of consumer goods, social exchange and memories as her practice’s materials. In her installations, which range from reduced scales to the expanded design of entire spaces, Neuenschwander translates the intercommunicating character of living systems.In drawings, paintings, tapestries and videos, the artist operates the intersection of her formal repertoire with science, history, psychology, linguistics and literature, in order to articulate pressing issues in contemporary politics. Coupling the action and presence of human and inhuman bodies to conceptual substrates, her works depend on the collectives that led to their creation, highlighting the other as a fundamental part of each piece.

Among her recent solo exhibitions are O fardo, a farda, a fenda, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brasil (2023); 
Sementes Selvagens, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2022); Knife does not cut fire, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2021); Rivane Neuenschwander, East Tank, Tate Modern, London, UK (2021) and O Alienista, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2019). She has also participated in the group shows Brasil futuro: as formas da democracia, Museu da República, Brasília, Brazil (2023); Tragédia!, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (2022), A Sua Estupidez, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2022); Emma Kunz Cosmos. A Visionary in Dialogue with Contemporary Art, Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Spain (2022); Fantasy and Experimentation: Latin American Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA (2021); Quarta-feira de cinzas/Epilogue, Rivane and Cao Guimarães, Tate Modern, London, UK (2021).

The artist’s work is featured in important public collections, including ALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany; Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal; Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain; Fundación Arco, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brasil; Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; MACBA – Museu d ́Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil; MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil MAMAM – Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Recife, Brasil MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, León, Spain Museu de Arte Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brasil; Tate Modern, London, UK; TBA – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA.