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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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Blanton Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions
2019
Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the BlantonBlanton Museum of Art
2018
What do you dream of? The Mohole Flower and other talesGaleria Luisa Strina
2016
New Tate Modern Switch House: Extension and InstallationTate
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Missão/Missões [Mission/Missions] (How to Build Cathedrals), 1987

600,000 coins, 800 communion wafers, 2000 cattle bones, 80 paving stones, and black cloth
98 2/5 × 136 1/5 in
249.94 × 345.95 cm
Location
Austin
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Medium
Image rights
Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art

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.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Blanton Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions (3)
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