Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s opening at Largo das Artes!”to see what is coming” continues until September, 13th. Click here for more information about the exhibition and the full schedule of activities and side events.



The exhibition to see what is coming was conceived as a result of the workshop Contemporary Curatorial Practices: thoughts, processes and materializations, taught by curators Bernardo José de Souza and Michelle Sommer, between April and July 2014 at Largo das Artes.

Come along to Largo das Artes next Thursday (July, 17) to see the works of the artists Audrey Cottin, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, David Cronenberg, Eadweard Muybridge, Fancy Violence, Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima, Gustavo Ferro, Harun Farocki, Laura Lima, Le Corbusier, Luiz Roque, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Neil Beloufa,  Nuvem - Estação Rural de Arte e Tecnologia (Cinthia Mendonça and Bruno Vianna), Pablo Ferretti and Rodolpho Parigi.

to see what is coming will also bring to the public performances, film screenings and publications in parallel with the exhibition during the months of July, August and September 2014. Check the full programming and learn more here.

"e eu via quase de perto" until the 21st of June

The period of the exhibition "e eu via quase de perto" has been extended until the 21st of June. Come along and check out the works of artists Felipe Abdala and Luiza Crosman at Largo das Artes (Rua Luis Camões, 2 - Centro), from Tuesday to Friday (10am to 6pm) and on Saturdays (10am to 5pm). The admission is free!

The 31st Sao Paulo Biennial Open Meeting happened last Saturday at Largo das Artes. See above some photos of the event, which brought together local artists, critics and curators to dicuss the design and organization of the exhibition process with the curators Charles Esche, Galit Eilat and Benjamin Seroussi.


Programa Claraboia 2014 - Renata Richard (left)  Millena Lízia (right) work in their studios at Largo das Artes

"Programa Claraboia" aims to promote the development of visual artists by giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in their practices and encouraging experimentation in response to a new environment (the historical city centre of Rio de Janeiro). The idea is to replicate the model already established in the International Residency Program for local artists to research and produce in Largo das Artes’ studios, with curatorial support and professional supervision.

In Largo das Artes XIX century building, three retractable skylights ("claraboias") are an iconic element of its architecture as well as the Portuguese architecture in Rio de Janeiro. The skylight comes as a symbolic premise of the purpose of this program: ventilate and illuminate the artistic production. From the outside to the inside and from the inside to the outside.

"Programa Claraboia" offers:
- Studio at Largo das Artes during the months of June and July
- Curatorial support through four individual meetings with the curators Bernardo de Souza and Michelle Sommer
- Monitoring of projects through LARGOLAB, coordinated by artist Felippe Moraes;
- Opportunity to propose talks and teach workshops;
- Exhibition or open studio event at Largo das Artes at the end of the cycle to introduce the artists and their work produced to the public.

For the first cycle of "Programa Claraboia", which takes place during the months of June and July, the artists Millena Lízia and Renata Richard were selected.

Renata Richard was born in Gávea, in the south side of Rio de Janeiro, where she still lives. Since 2006, she has been developing her artistic research exploring the relationship between space and time with natural elements found in deserts, beaches, forests and lakes. To compose her work, Renata uses natural and organic materials such as soil, water, and mineral pigments. The entire process is recorded with digital capture (photo and video).

During her participation in "Programa Claraboia", Renata will explore the language and the creation of her artistic research process, considering the following flow: interference, record, display. From the discussion of previous work and works in progress, the artist aims to develop a small exhibition consisting of an installation, selection of some photographs, videos and a book.

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Millena Lízia was born in Niterói and lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. She is graduated in Graphic Design and has a specialization in Film and Video Editing. In 2010, she begins her research in visual arts, through audiovisual experiments. The use of technology (usually in low-tech photo and video devices) inspired her to encapture the human body in a poetic way.

In her artistic path, Millena draws on appropriations of common elements and everyday situations to think of the dilution between subject and environment, encouraging a continuous interweaving between the body (and its subjectivities) in its midst and the body (and its subjectivities) as the medium. Millena also incites a poetic discussion that moves from the realm of micro and macro, the organic and the inorganic, and that ultimately points us to the transitoriness of being-in-world. The noise and the waste of the technological and real world are among the topics to be researched and developed by the artist on projects ranging from installation to performance.

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The 31st São Paulo Biennial OPEN MEETING takes place this Saturday (7th) at Largo das Artes

Clockwise, the curators: Nuria Enguita Mayo, Galit Eilat, Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv
(Photo: Pedro Trasferetti)

It is with great pleasure that Largo das Artes hosts the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial Open Meeting this Saturday (7th), at 3pm. Part of a series of debates organized by their curatorial team (Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proenca), the event is a fundamental part of the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial in their central drive of exchanging ideas and training. If you want to participate in this meeting, please send a message to until 6pm. Places are limited!

Asking questions, exposing intentions, ideas and preliminary developments related to curatorial project, these meetings in São Paulo and in different cities across Brazil and the world seek to incorporate artists, critics, curators and the general public in the design and organization of the exhibition process, serving both as research and as a tool for critical appraisal.

Organized by the São Paulo Biennial in partnership with local institutions or individuals, each of these meetings adopts a different format to instigate public debate in its many possibilities. On this occasion, Largo das Artes is the partner institution in charge of this event in Rio de Janeiro. Meetings of the same kind happened in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Fortaleza, Recife, Belem, Sao Carlos, Sorocaba, Lima (Peru), Madrid (Spain) and Tel Aviv (Israel). New meetings are also planned in other cities (locations and dates to be confirmed). All meetings will be documented and evaluated, with the results available on the Biennial web site ( to allow access to the curatorial project as an open educational process.

31st São Paulo Biennial - Open Meeting at Largo das Artes
Rua Luis de Camões, 2 - Sobrado
It starts at 3 pm
Place are limited!

"Como falar de coisas que não existem"
31st São Paulo Biennial  poster*
The show opens to the public on the 6th of September
and runs until the 7th of December at Pavilhão Bienal 
at Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo.
(*by Prabhakar Pachpute)

After one month of activities (see photos above), the curator and researcher Michelle Sommer comments on the workshop "Contemporary Curatorial Practices", taught by her and curator Bernardo de Souza at Largo das Artes. The meetings continue until 17th July.

"An interdisciplinary group with diverse interests formed in this first month of the workshop to discuss thoughts and curatorial processes Our starting point: research and debates surrounding contemporary curatorial thought, through studies of seminal exhibitions of the twentieth century and readings and discussions of philosophical field. Under the proposed approach, we concentrated on notions of "second nature", plasticity, science fiction and technology, political and social architecture, and then launch in the free expansion for the conceptual aesthetic field from artistic propositions . For this second month, from reading the set of selected works to integrate the exhibition, we went to the following challenge: what is an exhibition ? Towards practical focus on production, architecture, setting an exhibition, culminating in the materialization of the project, with the opening to happen on the 15th of July."

The exhibition "To see what is coming" will open to the public on 15th July at Largo das Artes. More information to be posted soon.

The workshop #DOREGISTROARUA coordinated by Bianca Bernardo and Bernardo Zabalaga started last Tuesday at Largo das Artes. The next class will be this following Saturday, from 11 am to 3 pm. Follow our courses schedule here!


Open enrollment for for the second edition of  Bradesco ArtRio Foco Prize ends on the 30th of May. The aim of the award is to promote and disseminate the production of visual artists under 15 years of career. Three artists will have the opportunity to participate in residency programmes and exhibitions in three important institutions of the current scenario and also exhibit at ArtRio 2014. Largo das Artes is the institution chosen to represent Rio de Janeiro. One of the three awarded artists will be offered an art residency lasting 6 weeks + a final exhibition in the gallery space. The selection Committee is formed by Bernardo Mosqueira, founder and director of the project; Maria Montero, curator and manager of Espaço Phosphorus (SP ); Consuelo Bassanesi and Miguel Sayad, directors of Largo das Artes (RJ ) and Fabiana de Moraes, curator and manager of Sens’artLab (Paris) . All of them are representatives of the institutions where the residences will take place. To learn more and see how to participate, check the ArtRio website .