Ernesto Neto is a Brazilian artist born in Rio de Janeiro in 1964. Since the 1990s Neto has produced a body of work exploring constructions of social space and the natural world by addressing physical interaction and sensory experience. The artist incorporates organic shapes and materials that engage the five senses, producing a new type of sensory perception that questions boundaries between artwork and viewer.

Ernesto Neto
Rio de Janeiro, 1964

Past Exhibitions

New Exhibitions at the Margulies Collection 2018

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
23/10/2018 — 27/04/2019

Arte Pra Sentir (Art to feel)

Caixa Cultural
04/08/2018 — 30/09/2018

Via Aérea

Sesc Belenzinho
30/08/2018 — 02/12/2018

Ernesto Neto, GaiaMotherTree

Zurich Main station 01/06/2018 — 31/07/2018

Sculpture, Painting and Video at the Margulies Collection

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
25/10/2017 — 28/04/2018

Solo Shows

GaiaMotherTree, Beyeler Foundation for the Zurich train station, Basel

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
Water Falls from my Breast to the Sky, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (permanent commission)

The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth to Humanity, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Ernesto Neto, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Ernesto Neto: The Jaguar and the Boa, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark

Ernesto Neto: The Jaguar and the Boa, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin ~ Aru Kuxipa | Sacred Secret, TBA21– Augarten, Vienna, Austria
Ernesto Neto. Haux Haux, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remanagen, Germany

Ernesto Neto, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany
Ernesto Neto, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Ernesto Neto: The body that carries me, Guggenheim, Bilbao

O ABRIGO E O TERRENO: Arte e sociedade no Brasil, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
Linha da vida, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Palazzo Pamphili, Brazilian Embassy, Rome, Italy

Fecundation, Loucura é parte da vida / Madness is part of life, Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo
Slow iis goood, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
Cuddle on the Tightrope, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX.

Group Shows

Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Past/ Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art São Paulo, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Bienalsur, National Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Enjoy: Art meets Amusement, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
Histórias da Sexualidade, MASP, São Paulo, Brazil
Um dia todos fomos peixes, Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Out of Sight! Art of the Senses, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Art of the Senses, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Floating Worlds, 14th Biennale de Lyon, curated by Emma Lavigne, Lyon, France Specchio Paulo Reis, DIDAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain Art and Space, curated by Manuel Cirauqui, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Cosmic spring. The garden of metamorphoses, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Vive Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Arsenale and Central Pavilion, Giardini, Venice, Italy
Sentido del Olfato, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain

The Many and the One: Brazilian Contemporary Art, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil, Curated by Robert Storr.
Political Intent and Beyond Limits, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Playground, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
ta.bu, Maison Particulier, Brussels, Belgium

Belle Haleine: The Scent of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Do Objeto para o Mundo, Coleção Inhotim, Fundação Clóvis Salgado, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nourishing: Art and Construction of Brazilian Food Heritage, Museu da Cidade, Lucas Nogueira Garcez Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil
Dancing Museum, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
No hablaremos de Picasso, Fundación Maria Jose Jove, Palacio Municipal Kiosko Alfonso, A Coruña, Spain
A Experiência da Arte, Sesc Santo André, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Alimentário: Arte e Construção do Patrimônio Alimentar Brasileiro, Exposição Universal – Expo Milão, São Paulo, Brasil
Manifesta 7 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Rovereto, Italy

Seeking a New Genealogy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990s, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Experiencia com Arte – Série Arte para Crianças, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – Destrito Federal (CCBB/DF), Brasília, Brazil
Beyond and Between: Special Exhibition for Leeum’s 10th Anniversary, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Simple, Méditation sur la forme moderne (Simple, Meditation on the modern shape), Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
The Five Senses, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; travelled to Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
50th Anniversary Exhibition, Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art, Ridgefield, CT
Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Massachusett
Formes simples, curated by Jean de Loisy, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Brasiliana Installations from 1960 to the Present, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Water Event: Yoko Ono, Half a Wind Show. A Retrospective. Curated by Ingrid Pfeiffer, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, traveled to Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Sharjah Biennial 11, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, United Arab Emirates Spun: Adventures in Textiles – Material World, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Travessias 2- Arte Contmporanea na Mare, Galpao Bela Mare, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The insides are on the outside, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Case de Vidro by Lina Bo Bardi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Station to Station, Public art project organized by Doug Aitken, traveling by train from NYC to San Francisco 43 Salón (inter), Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Rio de Janeiro Country of birth: Brazil Date of birth: 1964 Lives in: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil