Rivane Neuenschwander, ‘Mapa Múndi/BR (Postal)’, 2007, Guggenheim Museum

Postcards 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) each; installation 35 1/2 x 102 1/2 inches (90 x 260) overall

Installation view, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Coisa de Ninguém, Coisa de Todos, Rivane Neuenschwander. May 26–June 23, 2007.

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative,
June 13–October 1, 2014

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund

About Rivane Neuenschwander

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.”

Brazilian, b. 1967, Brazil, based in Brazil

Solo Shows

NC Arte, 
Bogotá, Colombia,
Allegory Of Fear

Group Shows

L’Accademia di Francia, 
Rome, Italy,
Take Me (I’m Yours)
Londrina, Brazil,
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