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February 17, 2014


From Benjamin

You may call the expressive works of Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, which so often transform their sites by their occupation, “installations”. Or, like him, you may prefer to think more of their tactile, constructed qualities and call them “sculptures”. But with their command of space, their reliance on the visitor’s interactions, and in some instances their engaging with senses of touch and even smell, it’s certainly safe to call them “immersive”. With the exhibition that just opened Friday at The Guggenheim Bilbao, Neto has brought together some existing pieces, & reworked others for the poetics & monumental interiors of  this specific location. What is typical in any case is their open invitation to museum-goers to move up, down, around and through and to bring away a thoroughly visceral, and hence necessarily personal, experience.  With “The Body That Carries Me”, the name he’s given to this collection of works is both figuratively and literally apt.
If you can’t make it to Bilbao, the show will move to Aspen in June, where it will no doubt become another body of work, entirely.

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