Galeria Fortes Vilaça presents Ernesto Neto

Galeria Fortes Vilaça presents Ernesto Neto

December 15 2009 until February 12, 2010 // Galeria Fortes Vilaça // Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fortes Vilaça presents Mitodengo, by Ernesto Neto, at the Galpão. The show features a single sculpture of monumental proportions – five meters long and nearly five high – made up of eleven 1.5-meter-diameter pieces of steel weighing 400 kg each. This is the first time that Neto has used metal in the creation of a large-scale artwork.

The artist began working with solid materials in mid-2006. During a six-month artist residency at Atelier Calder, in Saché, France, Neto experimented with sculptural possibilities based on cuts made by laser in a range of hard materials.

Neto is a leading name in contemporary sculpture. In May of last year he created his largest and most ambitious work to date: measuring 21 x 37 x 58 meters, Anthropodino took up the entire space of Drill Hall at Park Avenue Armory, New York. In 2006, Neto showed the impressive work Leviathan Thot, which occupied the entire interior of the Pantheon in Paris. The artist has also participated in two Venice Biennales, and in 2008 he held a solo show at MACRO (Museu d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma). In 2010, his work will be featured in solo shows at Hayward Gallery, in London, and at MAM–SP (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo).

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