The international fair of contemporary art in Rio de Janeiro – ArtRio – takes place next week, between 13 and 16, and Grandma will be attending the event as official press – in partnership with the renowned magazine “DasArtes” – which comes to opening of 30 ° Sao Paulo Biennale of Art – for logistical issues.
The ArtRio 2012 will gather in four warehouses and an annex of the Pier Maua, the collection of nearly a hundred national and international galleries with works ranging from modern art to the newest contemporary artworks – many of them previously unreleased. There are approximately 13.000m2 of exhibition area with 6900 m2 facing the internacional art .The Panorama program encompasses the galleries that are already established, with over five years of existence, it has an active role in the art market. And the Box Program presents the daring and innovation of newer galleries, that have developed unedited art projects, especially for the fair.
The show Solo Projects, which brings works of a dozen internationally renowned artists, is once again curated by Julieta González (who was curator at the Tate Modern, Alejandro Otero Museum of Caracas and Whitney Museum in New York) and Pablo León de La Barra (art consultant, curator and gallerist active in the London market). Also in its second year,ArtRio Videos the exhibition brings highlights of audiovisual productions.
Other names involved in the project include the British musician Brian Eno, whose audiovisual installation “77 million paintings” – an impressive combination of light, color and sound – will be projected in the Arcos da Lapa.
The ArtRio takes advantage of the momentum of the city, the Olympic capital and symbol of a country booming, to put in the international artistic route. While the event does not start, the organization proposed an excellent marketing ploy. Six striking sculptures has been embedded in different places in the city. Among them “Awilda” by the Spaniard Jaume Plensa , a sculpture depicting a huge pale head, floating eerily amid the serenity of Botafogo Bay and of the Sugar Loaf in the background.