Great solo exhibition of the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles in Madrid and a rare opportunity to experience his sensuous and highly conceptual spaces. Hosted in a former exhibition pavilion inside the Retiro park, the show features large installations that play with light, heat, deception, and nicely unusual, slightly retro concepts.
Olvido, one of the most conspicuous works on show. Indian tipi made with 6,000 banknotes from all the American countries and placed over three tons of bones surrounded by a candle wall.
Pintura#1, low level pipe crossing a dark room.
Entrevendo, 9m long timber tube with a hot air fan to one side
Volumes Virtuais, lovely space creation
|Volumes Virtuais, 1969/2009|
Amerikkka, a floor of 20,050 eggs under a suspended ceiling made with 76,150 bullets pointing downwards
Marulho, 1:1 pier above a sea of books picturing water
|Para Pedro, 1984/1993|
On a different note a plan of Brasilia. Goose bumping, but very well intentioned, masterplan by Lucio Costa.
Cildo Meireles / conceptual artist born in Rio de Janeiro (1948) and raised in Brasilia. He currently lives and works in Rio.
24 May - 29 September 2013 / Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro / Madrid
26 October 2013 - January 2014 / Fundaçao Serralves / Porto
6 March - 1 June 2014 / HangarBicocca / Milan
Pictures by PS. Cover photo Amerikkka, 1991/2013