By Raiza Cavalcanti

Sao Paulo Art Week: an intense program of artistic events is set to take place in the dozens of institutions and galleries that exist throughout the city, occurring at the same time as SP-Arte and also well worth visiting

Sao Paulo, the heart of the Brazilian art world, is one of the cities with the largest number of cultural institutions and galleries in the country. It is also home to the fair that has come to establish itself as one of the most important platforms in Latin America, SP-Arte, main event of the Sao Paolo Art Week. It’s no coincidence that one of the world’s most important art events takes place here: the Sao Paulo Biennale, which this year turns 67 years old.
Condo Project Unit, Galeria Jaqueline Martins

Condo Project Unit, Galeria Jaqueline Martins

CONDO Unit – During April, the project CONDO Unit is set to arrive at Jaqueline Martins gallery. The project consists in the formation of a collaboration network amongst galleries, which is already happening in cities such as London, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and now Sao Paulo.
Condo Project Unit, Galeria Carlos Ishikawa, Artista Steve Bishop, courtesy Galeria Carlos Ishikawa - Sao Paulo Art Week

Condo Project Unit, Galeria Carlos Ishikawa, Artista Steve Bishop, courtesy Galeria Carlos Ishikawa

The central idea behind the project is to offer a collaborative instance so that gallery owners and collectors may have the opportunity to present their artists in different cities, reaching new audiences and new collectors (the galleries that house the exhibition shall not charge a fee for leasing the space). The exhibition’s inauguration is set to take place on April 7th, from 2 PM to 6 PM, and shall include artists from the galleries KOW (Berlin), Carlos Ishikawa (London), Simon Preston (NY), Nuno Centeno (Porto), Grey Noise (Dubai), PM8 (Vigo) and Proyectos Ultravioleta (Guatemala).

Address: Galería Jaqueline Martins – Calle Dr. Cesário Mota Júnior, 443, Vila Buarque, São Paulo.

Tríade Trindade, by Tunga, and Mundos Posibles by Hilma Af Klint at Sao Paulo’s Pinacoteca – The work of Tunga, one of Brazil’s most internationally well-known artists and who passed away in 2016, is being shown at Sao Paulo’s Pinacoteca. His work Tríade Trindade, donated to the Pinacoteca’s collection, was exhibited for the first time in 2001 at a retrospective show in Paris and was never exhibited again after that.
Hilma Klint, Pinacoteca Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo Art Week

Hilma Klint, Pinacoteca Sao Paulo

Tríade Trindade underwent a restoration process and is being exhibited at the Pinacoteca, based on this first apparition in Paris, keeping all of its original aesthetic aspects, such as the red lights and metallic structures that characterize this work. This large-scale piece weight four tons and takes up all of the Pinacoteca’s octagonal space. Tríade Trindade shall be on exhibition at the Pinacoteca until June of 2018. Another highlight in the Pinacoteca’s programming is the Hilma af Klint exhibition, Mundos Possíveis, which brings the work of this Swedish artist, considered to be a pioneer of XX century abstract art, to Brazil for the first time. The exhibition gathers 130 pieces by the artist, who changed the canons of art history by contesting male predominance in abstract art. Her work, produced at the beginning of the XX century during psychography sessions, present qualities and abstract techniques that came before the production of great representatives of abstractionism, such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich. The Klint exhibition rewrites the history of art and presents important abstract works that address spiritualism, philosophy, and even science. This must-see exhibition shall continue at the Pinacoteca until July of 2018. Another exhibition worth visiting is that of the work of Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó, currently one of the most celebrated artists of the art world, who is presenting Vera Cruz, a video in which the artist presents a fictional narrative of the discovery of Brazil. This piece received an award at the 13th Brazil Video Festival.

Address: Praça da Luz, 02 – Luz, Sao Paulo.

Gallery Night – An event organized in association with SP-Arte, in which several of the city’s galleries open their doors at special hours and promote an intense program of activities parallel to the Fair. Galleries from one of the city’s most bohemian and artistic neighborhoods, Vila Madalena, shall participate, as well as galleries from Sao Paulo’s most sophisticated neighborhood, Itaim Bibi. The participating galleries have prepared an intense program that includes book launches, guided visits to exhibitions and artists’ studios, performances and inaugurations.
Gallery Night, Conversatorio Adolfo Najas, Exposicion Ana Vitoria Mussi, Courtesy Galeria Lume - Sao Paulo Art Week

Gallery Night, Conversatorio Adolfo Najas, Exposicion Ana Vitoria Mussi, courtesy Galeria Lume

Vila Madalena galleries participating in this event include Raquel Arnaud, Millan, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Choque Cultural, and Instituto Tomie Otake. Itaim Bibi and Jardins galleries participating in Gallery Night include Baró Galeria, Luciana Brito Galeria, Zipper Galeria, Lume, Nara Roesler, Emmathomas, Luísa Strina, Carbono Galeria and Vermelho. A special highlight from the program is the inauguration of the Dias & Riedweg exhibition, in which the artists have worked around the work of photographer Charles Hovland, on April 10th, from 7 PM to 11 PM. Another notable event is the inauguration of the exhibition Dos meus comunistas cuido eu, by artist Lourival Cuquinha, at Baró Galería on April 7th, from 7 PM to 10 PM. A special conversation with curator Adolfo Montejo Navas regarding the exhibition Lethe, Mnemosyne, by artist Ana Vitória Mussi, is also worth noting; this shall take place at Lume gallery on April 10th from 5 PM to 10 PM.

The complete Gallery Night programming is available here: Sao Paulo Gallery Night

Signals/Sinais by Mira Schendel at MAM/SP – One of the most important artists in Brazilian modernism shall be showcased in a show at the Sao Paulo MAM during April. The exhibition Sinal/Signals is a piece of the Mira Schendel collection that was donated to MAM by collector Paulo Figueiredo in 1997.
MAM, Mira Schendel, Signals, FOTO Romulo Fialdini - Sao Paulo Art Week

MAM, Mira Schendel, Signals, FOTO Romulo Fialdini

Curated by Paulo Venancio Filho, the exhibition covers a vast body of work by the artist, presenting famous series of works by Schendel such as Monotipias, Toquinho y Objeto Gráficos. Another exhibition worth visiting is Oito Décadas de Abstração Informal, which presents the history of informal abstractionism in Brazil, curate by Felipe Chaimovich and Lauro Cavalcanti. Both exhibitions shall continue until April 22nd.

Address: Av. Pedro Álvares de Cabral, s/n, Parque Ibirapuera.

Vizinhos Distantes: Arte da América Latina no Acervo do Mac (MAC/USP) – One of the long-term exhibition at the MAC that has managed to draw the attention of international art critics over the past few years is Vizinhos Distantes: Arte da América Latina no Acervo do MAC USP, curated by investigator Cristina Freire. The exhibition covers works by Latin American artists present in the museum’s collection, exposing the often times difficult neighborly relations between Brazil and other Latin American countries, presenting iconic pieces by artists from all over the continent. The exhibition has been up since June 20th of 2015, and shall remain until June 23rd of 2019. It is also worth noting that the exhibition MAC USP no século XXI, a era dos artistas that was mounted in May of 2017 is still up: for this exhibition, a selection of pieces from the MAC’s collection prior to the year 2000 has been made, presenting experimental works with a curatorship that evinces the question of museum collection in relation to ephemeral and experimental contemporary works.
Francisco Copello, Calendario, 1974, courtesy divulgación MAC - Sao Paulo Art Week

Francisco Copello, Calendario, 1974, courtesy divulgación MAC

The person behind the curatorship of this exhibition is Kátia Canton. Another important exhibition at the museum is Samson Flexor – Traçados e Abstrações, which presents a selection of works from the career of this important Brazilian geometric abstractionism artist through pieces from the MAC USP collection, curated by Carmem Aranha. The exhibition shall run from January 23rd of 2015 through July of 2918. Finally, another exhibition worth visiting is Diário de Cheiros – Teto de vidro, a short-term exhibition (from March to May of 2018) of works by New York-based Brazilian artist Joseli de Castro. The artist, who has been working with installations and defining herself as a multimedia artist since the 1970s, presents works that range from drawings to objects, including an installation made out of broken wine glasses. The exhibition places an emphasis on the olfactory experience, and every installation includes strong smells that remit to memories and other sensorial experiences.

Address: Av. Pedro Álvares de Cabral, 1301.