International Archives 2nd half of 2014
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Exhibition 26 October 2014 -
Visitors are drawn into organic spatial bodies surrounded by textile membranes. Inside, they encounter the singing rituals of the Huni Kuin people from the Amazon basin, who have travelled here especially to consecrate the spaces. The title of the exhibition is also borrowed from their culture: Haux Haux (English: beginning, end, harmony) and comes from the Huni Kuin's Song of connection with the spirits of our nature.
Humanity and nature—it is in the context of this dialogue that Ernesto Neto (born in 1964, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) addresses the manifold ways of perceiving our body as part of the theme year "Human Dimensions" at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.
In the process, he turns his sculptures into physical spaces of experience: warm colors and soft shapes combine to create cave-
Neto's organic room-
Ernesto Neto has been working for some time with members of the Brazilian indigenous people Huni Kuin, who consciously wish to present their culture and lifestyle to a western audience. Now they are accompanying the artist to his first major museum exhibition in Germany and perform a traditional singing ritual in his installations.
For the exhibition in the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Ernesto Neto has also produced two video works in which the Huni Kuin also play a role. In one video Txana Bane, the son of the Huni Kuins' chieftain, sings a song of healing for Hans Arp's sculpture Kauernd [cowering] (1960). The title of the exhibition, Haux Haux – beginning, end, harmony comes from the Huni Kuins' Song of connection with the spirits of our nature. In the second video, Ernesto Neto himself performs a pas de deux around the darkened room with Arp's bronze sculpture Torso Profile (1959), thus entering into a personal dialogue with the statue. The works demonstrate in exemplary fashion the ease with which Neto incorporates the most diverse cultural influences into his work. Hence Hans Arp, whom Neto names as one of his main artistic influences and a protagonist of European modernity, enters into a direct conversation with the rites of Brazil's indigenous people.
The Huni Kuin—the name means "real people"—are an indigenous people from South America who live in about 33 villages in the rain forests of the northern Brazilian state of Acre and neighboring north-
Born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Ernesto Neto continues to live and work there. From 1994–97, he studied at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro and the Escola de Artes Visuais Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck is showing the first museum exhibition dedicated to Ernesto Neto in Germany. Most recently, the artist's work was on show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2014), among others.
Curators: Jutta Mattern and Astrid von Asten
A catalog with current pictures of the exhibition will be published shortly after the opening.
Ernesto Neto in dialogue with the sculpture Torso-