Must-See Art Guide: Brazil

This week's guide includes Nan Goldin, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer, and more.

View Slideshow
Olga de Amaral. Courtesy of Galerie Agnès Monplaisir.
Sebastián Gordin. Courtesy of Galeria Oscar Cruz.
Rubens Mano. Courtesy of Galeria Millan.
Miguel Rio Branco, Green Tree (2007–2012). Courtesy of Silvia Cintra Art Gallery + Box 4.
Rodrigo Cunha, Interior com Paisagem Lacustre (2014). Courtesy of Zipper Galeria.
Eloá Carvalho, Projeto para Cena ao Longe (2013). Courtesy of Zipper Galeria.
Nan Goldin, Restaurant Wall, Capri (1997). Courtesy of Galeria Bergamin.
Rodrigo Matheus, Flauta (2015). Courtesy of Galeria Fortes Vilaça.
Marina Abramović. Courtesy of Luciana Brito Galeria.
Marina Abramović. Courtesy of Luciana Brito Galeria.
Athos Bulcão. Courtesy of Galeria Nara Roesler and Edgard Cesar.
Alfredo Jaar, Gold in the Morning (1985). Courtesy of Galeria Luisa Strina.
Cao Guimarães, Ilhas (2015). Courtesy of Galeria Nara Roesler.
Anselm Kiefer, Ignis sacer (2014). Courtesy of White Cube.
Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Cinco Moças de Guaratinguetá. Courtesy of Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
Leda Catunda, Botão I (2014). Courtesy of Galpão Fortes Vilaça.
Betty Woodman. Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM.
Kurt Klagsbrunn. Courtesy of Museu de Arte do Rio.
Courtesy of Museu de Arte do Rio.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Brazil might be soccer. Of course, the largest country in South America is well known for its five World Cup titles, but when it comes to art, Brazil is a treasure trove of galleries and museums. From April 9 to 12, all eyes will be on São Paulo and SP-Arte, which will bring over 120 leading galleries from Brazil and other countries from around the world. Galerie Agnès Monplaisir is one of them, displaying artworks by international artists Olga de Amaral and Jim Amaral.

However, if you prefer to stay away from the spectacle of an international art fair while appreciating some great artworks, we have what you’re looking for, beginning with São Paulo and its incredible art scene. At a time when selfie sticks are part of our environment, you can still remember the old good days with “Portraits: The Last Headline” at Galeria Bergamin, displaying works by artists such as Nan Goldin and Alex Katz.

In addition, Galeria Fortes Vilaça also has a lot to offer, with a new exhibition by Rodrigo Matheus and his sculptures made of household objects and industrial pieces found in the city. Hosted at Galpão Fortes Vilaça, Leda Catunda explores pop references to question ideas of beauty and exoticism.

If you want to see performance art, visit Luciana Brito Galeria, featuring artworks that examine the link between Marina Abramović and Brazil, based on a trip she took there in 2012. Another artist, another story about Brazil: In 1985, Alfredo Jaar traveled to the country to document the Serra Pelada gold mine. A large body of work resulted from this expedition, which was released at the Venice Biennale in 1986. Today, the Galeria Luisa Strina is featuring an exhibition focused on the “Serra Pelada” series. Besides, the White Cube gallery brings Germany to Brazil, with an exhibition about Anselm Kiefer, exploring themes of history, politics, landscape, and the Morgenthau Plan.

Heading north, Rio de Janeiro will delight all kinds of art lovers. Miguel Rio Branco and his “Mécanique des Femmes, la Suite” explores the feminine through videos, watercolors, photos, and assemblages at the Silvia Cintra Art Gallery + Box 4. In addition, as of April 14, the Museu de Arte do Rio, which is celebrating its third anniversary this year, has two exhibitions on view. The first one displays photos from Kurt Klagsbrunn, who documented social and political events in Brazil for 40 years, while the second one focuses on the photographic relationship between Brazil and France.

Between SP-Arte in São Paulo, art exhibitions all around Brazil, and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Brazil is waiting for you. Ready…set…go!

Exhibition: Experiências Pictóricas

When: March 3–April 17, 2015

Where: Galeria Oscar Cruz, rua Clodomiro Amazonas, 526, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Social contract: Rubens Mano

When: March 17–April 17, 2015

Where: Galeria Millan, rua Fradique Coutinho, 1360, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Miguel Rio Branco: Mécanique des femmes la suíte

When: March 19–April 25, 2015

Where: Silvia Cintra Art Gallery + Box 4, rua das Acácias 104, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Exhibition: Rodrigo Cunha: Skeptical garden” / “Eloá Carvalho: Projects of my waiting

When: March 24–April 18, 2015

Where: Zipper Galeria, rua Estados Unidos, 1494, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Portraits: the last headline

When: March 26–April 30, 2015

Where: Galeria Bergamin, rua Oscar Freire, 379 lj 1 Jardins, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Rodriguo Matheus: Atração

When: April 6–May 9, 2015

Where: Galeria Fortes Vilaça, rua Fradique Coutinho, 1500, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Marina Abramović: Places of Power

When: April 6–May 16, 2015

Where: Luciana Brito Galeria, rua Gomes de Carvalho, 842, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Athos Bulcão

When: April 7–May 13, 2015

Where: Galeria Nara Roesler, avenida Europa, 655, Jardin Europa, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Alfredo Jaar | Gold in the Morning

When: April 7–May 23, 2015

Where: Galeria Luisa Strina, rua Padre João Manuel 755, Cerqueira César, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Cao Guimarães, Depois

When: April 7–June 6, 2015

Where: Galeria Nara Roesler, avenida Europa, 655, Jardin Europa, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Anselm Kiefer: Paintings

When: April 7–June 20, 2015

Where: White Cube, rua Agostinho Rodrigues Filho, 550, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Arte Do Brasil no Século 20

When: April 10–June 28, 2015

Where: Museu de Arte de São Paulo, avenida Paulista, 1578, São Paul, Brazil


Exhibition: Leda Catunda: e o gusto dos outros

When: April 11–May 23, 2015

Where: Galpão Fortes Vilaça, rua James Holland, 71, Barra Funda, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Betty Woodman

When: April 11–May 23, 2015

Where: Mendes Wood DM, rua da Consolação, 3358, Jardins, São Paulo, Brazil


Exhibition: Rio, a French passion” / “Kurt Klagsbrunn, a humanist photographer in Rio (1940–1960)”

When: April 14–August 9, 2015

Where: Museu de Arte do Rio, Praça Mauá, 5, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.