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Rivane Neuenschwander (born 1967) is a Brazilian artist. She is known for work that explores language, nature, geography, the passing of time and social interactions. At times her works are interactive, involving viewers in spontaneous and participatory actions.[1] In her installations, films and photographs, Rivane Neuenschwander employs fragile unassuming materials to create aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as "ethereal materialism".[2]



Neuenschwander was born in 1967 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1993 and completed her MFA at the Royal College of Art in London 1998. She is of Swiss descent. She lives in Brazil.[3][1]

Winner of the Yanghyun Prize[4] in South Korea in 2013 and shortlisted for the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 2004, the artist has exhibited her work internationally throughout the past twenty years. In 2010, the New Museum in New York presented Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, a survey exhibition that traveled to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, followed by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, Miami Art Museum, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin through 2012.


Selected solo exhibitionsEdit

  • 2002: To/From: Rivane Neuenschwander, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, USA (catalogue); Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
  • 2001: Spell, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany, (catalogue); The Americas Society, New York, USA, (brochure); Artpace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • 2000: Syndrome, IASPIS, International Artists Studio Program, Stockholm, Sweden (brochure); Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1999: Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
  • 1997: Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
  • 1996: Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1992; Itaú Galeria, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Itaú Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil[5]

Selected group exhibitionsEdit

  • 2002: poT, II Liverpool Biennal of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK
  • 2001: Trans Sexual Express, Centro D'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2000: Friends and Neighbours, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
  • 1999: Au-Delà, Galerie Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany
  • 1998: Bili Bidjoka, Los Carpinteros, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
  • 1997: Trade Routes : History and Geography II Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1996: Cercanias, Geto Gráfico, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1995: Os náugragos, Sala Corpo de Exposições, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1994: A Imagem Não Virtual, Casa Triãngulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1993: Estandartes, Parque Municipal, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1992: Utopias Contemporâneas, Palácio das Artes Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1991: 15.000 kg, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil[6]

Projects and awardsEdit

  • 2013 Yanghyun Prize, Seoul Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2004 Shortlisted Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • 2003 Bursary Vitae de Artes
  • 2002 Honourable Mention, UFMG University, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 2001 Resident Delfina Studios, London; ArtPace residency, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • 2000 IASPIS residency, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1999 ‘The Quiet in the Land 2: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and Projeto Axé', art residency organised by France Morin, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1996 Antarctica Artes com a Folha, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1993 Prêmio Marc Ferrez de Fotografia, ‘Ex-Votos' - (Objeto Fotográaficos), Brazilian Institute of Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  1. ^ a b Rohter, Larry (June 10, 2010). "A Brazilian Makes Playful but Serious Art". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. ^ "Collection Online | Rivane Neuenschwander - Guggenheim Museum". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ McLean, Kathleen (2003). to/from: Rivane Neuenschwander. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center. p. 33.
  4. ^ ":: Yanghyun Prize ::". Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  5. ^ (, The Web Well. "Stephen Friedman Gallery - Rivane Neuenschwander - CV". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ (, The Web Well. "Stephen Friedman Gallery - Rivane Neuenschwander - CV". Retrieved 2016-03-05.