Artist: Candida Hofer (born 1944 in Eberswalde, Germany; lives and works in Cologne, Germany). Description: C-print of the interior of Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, headquarters of the Bienal de São Paulo Foundation since 1957. From a series of photographs of the pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
Artist: Wouter Osterholt (born 1979 in Leiden, the Netherlands) and Elke Uitenuis (born 1977 in Sneek, the Netherlands). Description: “(Portuguese for ‘Occupied Paradise’) is a reconstruction of a failed modernist plan for an urban center located in the West zone of Rio de Janeiro. This plan, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, was officially approved in 1970 […]
Artist: Terence Gower (born 1965 in British Columbia, Canada; lives and works in New York City, USA). Materials: Digital video; 2 min; duratrans in lightbox; 81 x 155 x 15 cm; archival corrugated cardboard on platform; 240 x 240 cm. Description: “5 Notable Pavilions is a video and photo study of five 1:50 scale reproductions […]
Artist: Armando Andrade Tudela (born 1975 in Lima, Peru; lives and works in Saint-Étienne, France). Materials: 16-mm film, transferred to DVD; 10 min. Description: The façade of Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic communist headquarters building in Paris partially superimposed with the light of an infrared lamp—an image of utopian reality transformed by visual abstraction.
Artist: Juan Araújo (born 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela; lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal). Materials: Oil and wax on wood; 25.3 x 37. 5 cm. Description: “Since 1998 Araujo has been dedicated to artistic appropriations. He began by creating paintings which investigated the history of art by reproducing artists’ work found in books, catalogues and […]
Artist: Goshka Macuga (born 1967 in Poland; lives and works in London, England). Description: “Working with an architect and an engineer, Macuga built a small-scale structure inspired by the Oscar Niemeyer-designed pavilion that housed part of the biennial—a ‘condensed’ version, as she puts it. An elevated walkway led to a platform that afforded a commanding […]
Artist: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (born 1965 in Strasbourg, France; lives and works in Paris, France and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Materials: HD film, color, stereo, sound; 5 min. Description: “For her contribution to the 2006 São Paulo Biennial, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster used the work of Oscar Niemeyer as a starting point for an exploration of the relationship […]
Artist: Ann Lislegaard (born 1962 in Norway; lives and works in New York City, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark). Materials: 3D animation; no sound. Description: “Crystal World (after J. G. Ballard) is a 3-D animation about a journey to an abandoned hotel in a wilderness that is slowly crystallizing. As the animation moves through architectural spaces that […]
Artist: Angelina Gualdoni (born 1975 in San Francisco, USA; lives and works in Brooklyn, USA). Materials: Acrylic and oil on canvas; 122 x 183 cm. Description: “Praça dos Tres Poderes is a large, imposing square at the heart of Brasilia, the political capital of Brazil. Constructed between 1956 and 1960 to a design by visionary […]
Artist: Louidgi Beltrame (born 1971 in Marseille, France; lives and works in Paris, France). Material: Video; sound; 26 min Description: “Two architects dreamed of building the ideal city: Oscar Niemeyer created Brasilia in the middle of the Brazilian Mato (Savanna). Le Corbusier went to India to build Chandigarh. Both cities sit like futuristic, concrete mementos […]