Exhibitions

One of the planet’s most naturally diverse countries, Brazil is home to some extraordinary species, a selection of which are on display at London’s Horniman museum until 8 January. With images from renowned Brazilian photographers, such as João Marcos Rosa – the award-winning artist whose picture illustrates this article – the exhibit features unique images of Brazilian nature, reminding us of the risk of extinction that some of these species face, due to pollution, deforestation and climate change. The photographs, carefully selected by curator Alicia Bastos, light up London with their colour and movement, full of quintessential Brazilian richness and…

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Everyone enjoys photography exhibits. But have you ever thought of going to a showcase of photos taken in Space? This is your chance! The world-famous Greenwich Observatory presents an exhibition of the year’s best astronomy photographs. Magical images of the heavens, with their distant stars and galaxies, were selected from 4,500 entries from 80 countries. This initial batch was whittled down to 140 finalists, with 31 winners chosen to have their images showcased in the Observatory, with free entry to the public. An inspiring artistic spectacle to stimulate the senses and make us reflect about the beauty and vastness of…

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The English capital is to host an exhibition of Fernanda Merlino’s art – a Brazilian painter who has been living in England for almost twenty years. With an organic and colourful style, inspired by the narratives of characters such as Frida Kahlo, the Brazilian artist, born in São Paulo, has studied art at renowned institutions in the United Kingdom, such as Central Saint Martins, Kensington & Chelsea College, Chelsea College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College. Her work consists of landscapes and collages constructed using materials such as pencil, oils and acrylics, with abstract lines, shapes and paints. She…

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The exhibition of Brazilian artist Willys de Castro will be on show at the Cecilia Brunson Projects gallery in London, which aims to introduce the public to the most prominent names of modern and contemporary Brazilian art. The project has already featured exhibitions by the likes of Claudio Tozzi and Alfredo Volpi and now a unique collection of work by Willys de Castro: From Paintings to Objects 1950 – 1965 – 21 works in total, from paintings to the famous Objetos Ativos (Active Objects), which catalogues the artist’s early years. Willys was recognised for his originality and was considered to…

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Brits and Brazilians always come up with interesting ideas when working together. A group of British art collective known as MLF (Marshmallow Laser Feast) have joined forces with Brazilian artists to create a virtual reality of the state capital in an exhibit named “Vestígios Paulistanos – Poética da Metrópole Distraída”, which was opened at the Galeria de Arte Digital Sesi-SP on 30 September. The group, which included names like Robin McNicholas, Ersinhan Ersin and Eleanor Whitley, left for São Paulo with 13 Brazilian artists in a bid to capture images using a device which is capable of 360 degrees scanning,…

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The exhibition Mutable Archives, with Gabriela Davies as curator, and artworks from five Brazilian artists – Alice Quaresma, Goia Mujalli, Marcia Thompson, Mariana Mauricio and Pauline Batista – brings a set of reflections about the changes taking place in Brazil and the wider world to the Embassy of Brazil in London. By combining colour, painting styles, art and photography, the works permit different interpretations which, through common conceptual threads, spawn new systems of information, helping us to develop our understanding about individuality and collective identity. Free entry. What: Mutable Archives Exhibition When: 19 October – 10 November | Mon-Fri,…

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Portraits of Nature brings together fourteen projects which explore the city of Rio de Janeiro, with an emphasis on its natural culture and strength. The exhibition showcases the city’s curves, dips, twists and undulations with state of the art three-dimensional technology, combining the modern with the old to reveal what is hidden beneath the surface. The exhibit features drawings, models, and digital renditions – up to 3 metres in height – of the city, based on Oswald de Andrade’s Cannibal Manifesto. The work was designed by the Brazilian architect Ricardo de Ostos and Isaie Bloch. The Bartlett School of Architecture,…

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Lucia Nogueira was an artist from Goiânia, but her work is better known in the UK than in her native Brazil. After graduating in Journalism in 1975 she moved to London, where she studied painting at both the Chelsea College of Arts and the Central School of Art and Design, creating an impressive body of work that included sculptures, videos and drawings, often inspired by the body and the relationships between objects and language. The legacy of the artist, who passed away prematurely in 1998 and was recognised by the Cartier Foundation in 1993 and the Paul Hamlyn Award for…

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Winner of over 40 film festivals across the globe and nominated for an Oscar at the beginning of the year, the Brazilian film Boy and the World features in a special exhibition in London this October. Combining traditional animation with photography and drawing, the film, from Brazilian director Alê Abreu, tells the story of a boy in search of his father. With beautiful illustrations and an inspiring soundtrack, the film is an unforgettable visual experience. Tickets have been on sale since 2 September. Get yours now! What: Framed Film Club: Boy & The World When: 8 October 2016, 2pm…

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Rio de Janeiro, which has been so much the focus this year as the host of the Olympics, is the theme of the latest exhibition by Brazilian artist Flaminia Mantegazza in London. Flaminia began working as an artist in the late 1990s in Rome, where she attended the Escola de Artes Decorativas, having previously studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. Focusing on studying urban and metropolitan areas by observing their social and anthropological dynamics, the artist has exhibited her work in several European cities over the last ten years, including Rome, Milan,…

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