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.

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

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.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
O Canto do Bode | Collaborative ExhibitionFortes D'Aloia & Gabriel
2017
Rivane Neuenschwander: The Reading Box, The Moon, Misfortunes and CrimesStephen Friedman Gallery
2014
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America TodayGuggenheim Museum
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Mapa Múndi/BR (Postal), 2007

Printed postcards on wood shelves
Edition 5/6
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Location
New York

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

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

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.”

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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