Ernesto Neto, born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro

Artfacts (04/2016) : 283

2014 Ernesto Neto: The Body that Carries Me – Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao, Spain

2010 Ernesto Neto: Navedenga – MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, USA

Public Collections (selection) : MoMA, New-York, USA, Tate Modern London, UK, Centre Pompidou Paris, France

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris








Ernesto Neto´s work occupies the space between architecture and biomorphism, with his organic sculptures, stretchable forms filled with fragrant spices, which are both monstrous and delicate. They explore the relationship between the species (animal, vegetable and mineral) and the idea of unity formed by all parts of a body.

« Through his formal vocabulary, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto engages with the idea of social interaction. Neto has gained acclaim for his large experimental environments that dramatically alter our surroundings, engage all the senses, and invite to interact.

… Constantly opening new formal and conceptual developments in his work, Ernesto Neto describes sculpture as a living organism transgressing all limitations. »

The artiste is a graduate of la Escola de Artes Visuais Pargua Lage, Rio de Janeiro

The Body that Carries Me, Guggenheim Bilbao, 2014

© Ernesto Neto & Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris



Project : Ernesto Neto and Huni Kuin / Aru Kuxipa in Paris for COP21

Aru Kuxipa expresses the vision and dream of the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto and the Amazonian artists, plant masters, and pajés (shamans) of the thirty-two Jordão Huni Kuin communities. Together they co-create a place of transformation, a zone of encounter and expression, and a site of healing away from their ancestral lands.

This shared journey marks a crucial extension of concerns that have been evident in Ernesto Neto’s oeuvre over the past twenty years: an appreciation of the sensuality of being, the unity of bodies and nature, the celebration of life, and a search for deeper forms of union and correspondence.

After having installed Aru Kuxipa from June to November 2015 at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary – Augarten in Vienna, Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin, with the support of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, have decided to bring their voice to COP21 in Paris on two different occasions:

Climate March, Vienna, 29 November 2015

© Ernesto Neto & Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris


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