3 events worth checking out this weekend in São Paulo

We list two exhibition openings at the Luisa Strina and Marli Matsumoto Arte Contemporânea galleries, as well as an electronic art festival at Fiesp

We know it can be difficult to decide what to do over the weekend in the city that never stops. Therefore, we chose two exhibition openings and a festival that is super interactive and loved by the general public. Take our tips!

“Obscura Luz” at the Luisa Strina gallery

Cildo Meireles
Obscure Light, 1982 by Cildo Meireles

The exhibition takes its title from the work of Cildo Meireles to bring new interpretations of the dichotomy between light and shadow, from its physical to its symbolic aspect.

The work dark light (1982), which consists of a white box mounted on the wall, with a side flap on which the shadow of a lamp is projected, creates a paradoxical situation, inverting the logic of perception by presenting a source of light that is also a shadow.

Kiki Mazzucchelli's curatorship brings together artists from different generations and trajectories, and features names such as Anna Maria Maiolino, Bruno Baptistelli, Leonilson, Alexandre da Cunha, Tunga, and many others. 


dark light

Location: Galeria Luisa Strina
Address: R. Padre João Manuel, 755 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP
Date: From July 18th to September 3rd
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm; on Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Ticket: Free

“Supercreativity” FILE at the Fiesp Cultural Center

FILE Festival
VJYourself!, 2019

After the hiatus caused by the pandemic, the annual Electronic Language International Festival returns bringing art and creativity through physics and chemistry.

As is tradition, the exhibition features a majority of interactive and practically playful works. In all, there are 230 creations by people from over 30 different countries. 

From Canada, for example, Louis-Philippe Rondeau presents LIMINAL, a work capable of materializing the boundary between the present and the past. When crossing an arch, the visitor's reflection is projected using the slit-scan technique, generating a dilation in time and consequently in its image. Another highlight is VJYourself!, a work in which the visitor creates multiple choreographies in a single plane.


super creativity

Location: Fiesp Cultural Center
Address: Av. Paulista, 1313 – Cerqueira César, São Paulo – SP
Date: Until August 28
Opening hours: From Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 20:00
Ticket: Free

“Cultivo” at Marli Matsumoto Arte Contemporânea gallery

Delphine Fawundu
Songs for Mama Adama, 2017-2018 by Adama Delphine Fawundu

The exhibition brings the result of conversations by the artist Raphaela Melsohn with guest artists, taking as a starting point the concept of cultivation as the opposite of capitalist productivity. The developments are the most diverse interpretations, ranging from themes that permeate organic growth, to a ping-pong table open to the public to experience collaboration and reciprocity, and an installation of petals exposing issues of mourning.

With unpublished works in Brazil by artists such as Dana DeGiulio, Gordon Hall, Joseph Liatela, Rasel Ahmed and Adama Delphine Fawundu, the exhibition suggests the encounter of individual or collective cultivations, favoring the friction between the works, more than repetition or thematic approximations.



Location: Marli Matsumoto Contemporary Art
Address: Rua João Alberto Moreira, 128 – Sumarezinho, São Paulo, SP
Date: From July 16th to September 17th
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 11am to 7pm; on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Ticket: Free

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