SP-Arte/2017: Leading Brazilian Architects

Installation view of the Design sector of SP-Arte/2016 (ETEL booth). Photography Jéssica Mangaba, courtesy of SP-Arte

April 6 to 9, 2017
Bienal Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil

The Design Sector returns to SP-Arte‘s 13th edition with nine new exhibitors and a project space dedicated to leading Brazilian architects. Launched last year, the section highlights Brazil’s long history of design, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to view and acquire locally produced signature pieces by iconic names such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and the Campana Brothers.

Characterized by the local landscape, which boasts an abundance of wood and natural resources, Brazilian modern and contemporary designs are distinguished by skillful woodwork. Exhibitors in Design, focus on the individuality of authorial design and its evolution over time in furniture, objects, and antiques. The galleries will present colonial, modern and contemporary pieces that have contributed to the consolidation and sophistication recognized in Brazilian design today.

The nine newcomers welcomed by SP-Arte in the Design section this year are: Apartamento61, Ary Perez, By Kamy, Estúdio Mameluca, Herança Cultural, Paulo Alves, Prototyp&, Rafael Moraes, and Resplendor.

Herança Cultural’s booth traverses the history of Brazilian furniture through a father and son duo. The gallery will be showing rare pieces by Zanine Caldas and the more contemporary and urban interactions created by his son Zanini de Zanine, who is also responsible for the concept of the space.

Zanine Caldas will also be shown at Apartamento 61 and Teo. The former, a gallery based in an exquisite modernist house designed by Italian-Brazilian sculptor Victor Brecheret, presents historical and vintage pieces.

Lovers of Brazilian modernism will find pieces by Lina Bo Bardi, the iconic architect responsible for the São Paulo Museum of Art (Masp) building. In addition to being an architect, Bo Bardi was an accomplished furniture designer, set designer and artist. Her work will be shown at both Artemobilia and Etel, with Etel reissuing six pieces that she designed in the 1940s.

Etel’s booth will also feature the Artist’s Cabinet of Curiosities, a special collaboration with the artist, Carlos Vergara, who will present a reliquary of monotypes on handkerchiefs, photographs, keepsakes and memoirs that the artist carried with him on his travels to places such as Cappadocia, Santiago de Compostela and Pompei. Paired together, the objects and furniture engage in a conversation that crosses borders and tells a story.

In addition to Lina Bo Bardi, specifically her iconic bowl chair, Artemobilia will bring Geraldo de Barros’ iconic bookcase designed for Unilabor. Through this juxtaposition, the gallery presents the duality in Brazilian modernism, the rationality of geometric forms established in the 1920s alongside the biomorphic sensuality developed in the 1940s second wave of modernism.

Pé Palito and Passado Composto Século XX offer a selection of Brazilian and international design from the 20th century. Pé Palito will focus on the Brazilian furniture of the 1950s, 60s and 70s: pure lines, geometry, polished surfaces of Jacaranda, in contrast to organic elements and unusual objects of memory.

Looking toward Brazil’s design heritage and objects, exhibitors Sandra & Marcio, Itamar Musse, and Resplendor will showcase rare and exceptional antiques from colonial times.

On the contemporary scene, Ary Perez brings a fresh perspective. The designer, artist, and set-designer will launch his first collection of furniture and objects, inspired by the biodiversity found in Brazilian mangroves. Hugo França will also showcase 15 new sculptures made from recycled trees.

Projetos de Arquitetos [Architects’ Projects], the Design Sector‘s newest space will show works by renowned architects such as Arthur Casas, Dado Castello Branco, Lia Siqueira, Isay Weinfeld, Felipe Crescenti , Pedro and Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Highlights include a presentation of the furniture designed exclusively for the newest branch of the Brazilian cultural institution, Sesc, by Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The new Sesc space scheduled to open in São Paulo’s downtown district was also designed by the architect.

Also, an exhibition of Bei Publishing House’s collection of indigenous stools can be seen within the Pavilion. The selection covers more than 200 wooden pieces produced by people from 80 different indigenous communities of various regions of Brazil. Some represent animals of the Brazilian fauna; others are in the form of conventional benches decorated with graphics or notches. In all cases, they balance symbolic, utilitarian and decorative aspects, facing the cultural universe and cosmology of the ethnicities that make them. The exhibition will travel to Japan and Europe afterwards.

To learn more about SP-Arte in São Paulo, Brazil, and see the full list of galleries and programs,  visit www.sp-arte.com.

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