Rio de Janeiro - Exhibition

TRIO Bienal 2015: Utopias – Pretéritos da Contemporaneidade

Memorial Getúlio Vargas

06 Sep 201526 Nov 2015

Utopias – Pretéritos da Contemporaneidade [Utopias: Past Tenses of the Contemporary] is a show with three-dimensional works of political or social focus, divided into two cores – Clashes and Conflicts. The Clashes section features universal and atavistic issues of social and historical frictions, both philosophical as material ones. The Conflict is focus on this moment of crisis in Brazil and the world, confronting territory issues, Diasporas, exodus, identity and hope.

With works by 160 artists from 44 countries, the first edition of TRIO – Rio Three-Dimensional Biennial is curated by Marcus Lontra and happens in nine art spaces in the city. All exhibited pieces approach the three-dimensional (sculpture, installation, object) and its expanded fields, such as paintings, photography, performance and video. This year’s Bienal is titled after a song by rapper Marcelo D2, “Quem foi que disse que não existe amanhã?” [Who said tomorrow doesn’t exist?], a reference to art’s utopian aspect that survives even in moments of crisis and uncertainty.

  • Anna Bella Geiger, Circa MMXV, 2015. Courtesy of the artistAnna Bella Geiger, Circa MMXV, 2015. Courtesy of the artist
  • José Rufino, Turbator, 2014-2015. Photo: Adriano Franco. Courtesy of the artistJosé Rufino, Turbator, 2014-2015. Photo: Adriano Franco. Courtesy of the artist

Related Artists

Afonso Tostes

Alex Flemming

Alexandre Colchete

Alia Al Farsi

Ana Miguel

Anna Bella Geiger

Armando Queiroz


Ayrson Heráclito

Betelhem Makonenn

Carlos Mélo

Cat Auburn

Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

Claudia Hersz

Deyson Gilbert

Fábio Carvalho

Faig Ahmed

Felipe Barbosa

Haytham Nawar

Isaque Pinheiro

José Rufino

Khaled Hafez

Karlyn de Jongh


Los Carpinteros

Lourival Cuquinha

Mahmoud Al Obaidi

Marcelo Silveira

Matheus Rocha Pitta

Matheus Rocha Pitta

Mattar Bin Lahej

Mauricio Ruiz

Michal Martychowiec

Mounir Fatmi

Nelson Felix

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Paulo Nazareth

Rashid Al Khalifa

de Paula Regina

Reginaldo Pereira

Rok Bogataj

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji

Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa Gupta

Sholpan Sharbakova

Susan Mains

Tom Dale

Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz

Vincent J.F. Huang

Vitor Cesar

Washington Silvera

Yiftah Peled


Contacts & Details

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