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Rivane Neuenschwander

Brazilian, b. 1967

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Rivane Neuenschwander

Brazilian, b. 1967

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In her handmade objects and participatory installations, Rivane Neuenschwander combines organic materials (such as plants and insects) with inorganic things (like ribbons, calendars, and packaging materials) to explore the fleeting nature of time, wishes, and dreams. One of her best known pieces, I Wish Your Wish (2003), is inspired by the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in Bahia, Brazil, where worshippers tie ribbons to the gate, believing that when the ribbons disintegrate, their wishes will be granted. For her piece, Neuenschwander stamped silk ribbons with wishes, mounted them to the wall, and invited viewers to exchange a written wish for a ribbon. She said about the work, “I like a sense of humor, but me myself, normally I’m more melancholy than playful … The playfulness you see is really a way of escaping my timidity.”

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New Museum, and 4 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 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 8 more
Biography

In her handmade objects and participatory installations, Rivane Neuenschwander combines organic materials (such as plants and insects) with inorganic things (like ribbons, calendars, and packaging materials) to explore the fleeting nature of time, wishes, and dreams. One of her best known pieces, I Wish Your Wish (2003), is inspired by the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in Bahia, Brazil, where worshippers tie ribbons to the gate, believing that when the ribbons disintegrate, their wishes will be granted. For her piece, Neuenschwander stamped silk ribbons with wishes, mounted them to the wall, and invited viewers to exchange a written wish for a ribbon. She said about the work, “I like a sense of humor, but me myself, normally I’m more melancholy than playful … The playfulness you see is really a way of escaping my timidity.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 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 8 more