Architectures of the Imaginary

Nara Roesler Gallery, Rio de Janeiro

The Nara Roesler Gallery | Rio de Janeiro presents “Architectures of the Imaginary”, a collective exhibition that approaches the built space and its relationship with the public based on a selection of 15 artists: Abraham Palatnik, Alberto Baraya, Alexandre Arrechea, Artur Lescher, Dan Graham, Daniel Senise, Eduardo Coimbra, Fabio Miguez, Lucia Koch, Marco Maggi, Marcos Chaves, Paulo Bruscky, Philippe Decrauzat, Raul Mourão and René Francisco.

Accompanied by a text by Paulo Sergio Duarte, the exhibition provides a journey through the history of contemporary art and its dialogue with architecture, showing how artists from different origins, generations, trends and practices imagine possibilities that promote connections between the work, the space and its public. According to the critic, “we cannot forget that architecture is, above all, the art of organizing spaces, therefore, it is also the art of shaping the void.”

The title of the exhibition derives from the work Arquitetura do Imaginário (1982), by Paulo Bruscky (Recife, 1949). Originally shot in super-8 during the artist's stay in New York, made possible by the Guggenheim Scholarship, awarded by the institution the previous year, the video consists of a series of records of the local urban landscape, highlighting the demolition marks of some buildings. These vestiges, unusual details of the urban space that would normally go unnoticed, function as a memory of previously existing architectural structures.

This keen eye on the built space and the appropriation of everyday elements – or the urban landscape – in the creation of works is the common thread that permeates the selection that makes up the collective.

Architectures of the Imaginary
Opening: 2/14/19, 7pm
Visitation: until 03/30/19; Monday to Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm
Nara Roesler Gallery: Redeemer Street, 241, Rio de Janeiro. Free entrance

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