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Carpintaria: A New Experimental Platform in Rio de Janeiro

10 months ago

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, which recently changed its name from Fortes Vilaça incorporating the surnames of Màrcia Fortes, Alessandra D’Aloia and Alexandre Gabriel, is one of the main galleries in Brazil, reinforcing the career of some of the most important artists of the Country.

With 42 represented Brazilian and foreign artists working with different media and poetics, the gallery, who has yet its two main headquarters in São Paulo – the Galeria in Rua Fradique Coutinho and the Galpão [Hangar] in Bom Retiro -, oversteps the limits of the city with the inauguration of a new space in Rio De Janeiro: the Carpintaria [Carpentry].

As new space for artistic experimentation in Rio, the Carpintaria has been inaugurated on 20th November 2016 in the occasion of the Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel’s 15th anniversary.

Taking place in an old carpentry of 1926 in the Jockey Club in Rio, the gallery is a large and versatile space of 3.230 square feet, overlooking the racetrack and the city’s mountains.

As part of a regeneration project designed by Pedro Evora and Pedro Rivera from Rua Architetos for the Botanical Garden – the third touristic point of Rio, alongside the Cristo and the Pão de Açúcar -, the renovation of the space provides the elevation of the ceiling height (from 2,8 to 4 meters) keeping the wooden A-frames and the original tiles of the carpentry.

The gallery aims to be a free and experimental platform where hosting group exhibitions of two, three or more artists with specific affinities, besides a solo show each year.

The goal of this new art space is to host five events each year, for a minimum duration of six weeks, with the possibility to be used for other activities by third parties.

Differently from the Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel and Galpão in São Paulo, the artists exhibited in Carpintaria will not be necessarily represented by the space, but rather presents itself as an independent space attempting to promote multidisciplinary experiences, a place inciting dialogue between different artistic expressions, always keeping plastic art as reference.

Adhering to this aim, the opening exhibition “Uma Canção para o Rio [A Song for Rio]” conveniently sums up the new proposal: curated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath from Los Angeles, the group show gathers works of more than 20 Brazilian and foreign artists. As a tribute to Rio, city of great musicians, “Uma Canção para o Rio” explores the symbolic relationship between sound and form, in a pleasurable dialogue between art and music.

Giulio Gaddoni

  • A Song For Rio. Exhibition View at Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D'Aloia Gabriel. Courtesy of Carpintaria. A Song For Rio. Exhibition View at Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D'Aloia Gabriel. Courtesy of Carpintaria.
  • Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. External view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. External view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.
  • Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Internal view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Internal view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel
  • Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. External view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. External view. Courtesy of Carpintaria and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. Photo credits: Eduardo Ortega | Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.

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