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Cildo Meireles

Brazilian, b. 1948

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Cildo Meireles

Brazilian, b. 1948

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One of the younger members of Brazil’s neo-concrete movement, Cildo Mereiles is a vanguard of conceptual art in his home country, whose influence resonates worldwide. The subject of many museum surveys and a participant in several editions of the Venice Biennale, Mereiles’s work spans various media, questioning modes of perception and examining the viewer’s involvement in the production of artworks. “My work always searches for some kind of communion with this indefinable broad entity called the public,” the artist has said. Although he often deals with sensorial perception, Mereiles is also interested in heightening awareness of social structures. For Insertion into Ideological Circuits 2: Banknote Project (1970), created for the landmark Information exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mereiles printed politically subversive messages on notes of U.S. and Brazilian currency and entered them into national circulation, encouraging viewers to confront political situations through hijacked government systems.

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Tate Modern, and 3 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Biography

One of the younger members of Brazil’s neo-concrete movement, Cildo Mereiles is a vanguard of conceptual art in his home country, whose influence resonates worldwide. The subject of many museum surveys and a participant in several editions of the Venice Biennale, Mereiles’s work spans various media, questioning modes of perception and examining the viewer’s involvement in the production of artworks. “My work always searches for some kind of communion with this indefinable broad entity called the public,” the artist has said. Although he often deals with sensorial perception, Mereiles is also interested in heightening awareness of social structures. For Insertion into Ideological Circuits 2: Banknote Project (1970), created for the landmark Information exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mereiles printed politically subversive messages on notes of U.S. and Brazilian currency and entered them into national circulation, encouraging viewers to confront political situations through hijacked government systems.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
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