CRU | Comida, transformação e arte, CCBB Brasilia, 2015.

Public Lecture at 11:30am as part of 4.368/9 | Studio Seminar in Art and Public Sphere: Swamp School

Renowned exhibition curator, artistic director and documentarist, Marcello Dantas, is the name behind some of the top art exhibitions in Brazil. He was responsible for innovating the concept of museology in Brazil bringing unprecedented doses of technology, interactivity and multimedia resources to offer the visitor what he calls “an experience of total immersion”. One of the biggest supporters of urban art in the country, Dantas organized the award-winning “Still Being” exhibition, by British artist Antony Gormley, which took place in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, and was the 7th most visited in the world in 2012, according to “The Art Newspaper”, with an impressive outdoor extension seen by millions of people. He was also responsible for the public art event “OiR – Other ideas for Rio” (2012), with artworks by six prestigious artist, such as Robert Morris, Brian Eno and Ryoiji Ikeda, installed in iconic open-air locations in Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, the project had its second edition entitled “OiR-Intra”, with artworks by Daniel Buren and Song Dong, followed by “OiR-Play” – its third edition – in 2016, with artworks by Leandro Erlich, AVAF and Mana Bernardes, and  “Other Ideas” – the fourth edition – in 2017, with artworks by Makoto Azuma and Daniel Arsham.

Dantas has curated major exhibitions such as “ComCiência”, by Patricia Piccinini, the most visited contemporary art exhibition in the world in 2016 according to “The Art Newspaper”; “Inoculation”, by Ai Weiwei, the first exhibition of the Chinese artist on the continent, which took place in Argentina and will also be presented in Chile and Brazil; “Invento: The Revolutions that Invented Us”; “CRU [RAW]: Food, transformation and art”; “CICLO – Creating with what we have”, that brought together 15 artists from around the world (Michelangelo Pistoletto, Joana Vasconcelos, Ryan Gander, Pedro Reyes, among others) to work with the idea of appropriation; “Pesant Da Vincis” by the Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang; “Boltanski 19.924.458 +/-” by the French artist Christian Boltanski; “Bossa na Oca”; “Roberto Carlos – 50 years of music”, among many others, and was the mind behind the Museum of Portuguese Language (the most attended museum in Brazil), the Japan House São Paulo, the Museum of the American Man, the Telecommunications Museum and the Museum of Mining and Metal. He also curated solo exhibitions of renowned foreign artists such as Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer, Gary Hill, Tino Sehgal, Peter Greenaway, Rebecca Horn, Bill Viola and Laurie Anderson – not to mention international projects such as the Vancouver Bienalle 2014, the Museum of the Caribbean in Barranquilla (Colombia), the “Pelé Station” in Berlin, during the World Cup in Germany, and the Brazil Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010. 

His resume includes best documentary awards at the Bienalle Internationale du Film Sur L’Art – Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, at FestRio, the International Film & TV Festival of New York, and at the prestigious ID Design Award from Business Week.


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