The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has announced plans to host a free exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art and design during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The exhibition, called ‘From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st Century’, will run from 21 July until 8 September and will be housed at Casa Brasil in London’s Somerset House, which will be the home of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 during London 2012.
Bringing together the best of Brazilian art and design, the exhibition will celebrate the country’s rich culture and will showcase 33 artists and designers, featuring both emerging and established names from each of Brazil’s regions to represent the vibrant art scene across the country.
Curated by Brazilian art historian Rafael Cardoso, all of the works have been created in the past ten years and cover the country’s contemporary output in all its forms including installation pieces, painting, photography, video and sculpture.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of Rio 2016 and the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said: “Casa Brasil during London 2012 will be a wonderful opportunity to promote Brazil’s diverse culture, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Brazilian sport.
“It will make me very proud, when the world gathers in London for the Games, to showcase the best of Brazil’s contemporary art and design. We have gathered a team of first-class artists who express our country’s vibrant culture and we are delighted everyone in London will be able to experience their work at Somerset House this summer.”
Rafael Cardoso said: “Alongside the development of the Brazilian economy and industry, there is also growing interest in and renewed respect for Brazilian art and design on the international stage. We have a dynamic art scene in Brazil, which dares to take risks and produces interesting work on the cutting edge. This is why we chose the title ‘From the Margin to the Edge’.
“With the exhibition in Casa Brasil at Somerset House, we wanted to reflect this shift in global opinion and express our national ambitions by presenting an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic talent that will contribute to London 2012’s amazing festival of sport and culture.”