International exhibitions Ernesto’s tongue, Works 1987-2011, Antiguo Colegio of San Ildeefonso, Mexico

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Ernesto’s tongue, Works 1987-2011
Antiguo Colegio of San Ildeefonso, Mexico
22.04 - 09.09.2012

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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E-Flux Press release

La lengua de Ernesto is the largest exhibition of Ernesto Neto's works to date. The exhibition housed in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso features sculptures, drawings, photographs, and objects produced from 1987 to 2011, many of them shown for the first time. Ernesto Neto is a prolific artist, and his vast, complex, and rich oeuvre is extremely coherent—at once formal, contemplative, relational, and interactive; abstract and figurative; full of references to the body, geometry, and science; pleasing to the senses and to the mind. His work is deeply ingrained in a Rio de Janeiro art tradition departing from the mid-twentieth-century Brazilian art movement neoconcretismo, in which key figures such as Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, and Hélio Oiticica contaminated the abstract geometric language of European masters like Piet Mondrian and Max Bill with the body and everyday life.

La lengua de Ernesto was originally organized by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey. For the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Ernesto Neto and the curator Adriano Pedrosa developed a new spatial articulation in close dialogue with the Baroque architecture of the building. La lengua de Ernesto follows a chronological path, retracing many of the artist's most significant exhibitions, which are recreated at San Idelfonso. More than eighty drawings shown outside the artist's studio for the first time are brought to the narrative of the exhibition, establishing dialogues and parallels with the sculptures, whilst not always following the same strict chronology.

Exhibition April 22 - September 9, 2012. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Justo Sierra 16, Centro Historico - Mexico City, Mexico. Tel.: 52 55 57 02 29 91. Hours :Tue 10-19:30, Wed-Sun 10-17:30.

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Lengua, the Spanish word for tongue, has at least two definitions: on the one hand, it is language itself, a method of communication, a codified and structured set of elements developed by the artist. On the other hand, it is the fleshy muscular organ inside one's mouth used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and articulating the sounds of speech. As part of the title of the exhibition, lengua displays this richness of this double connotation, bringing together language and the body, an intellectual construction and a corporeal element, all close to Ernesto Neto's themes and concepts.

Ernesto Neto, Mitodengo, 2009. Steel, 479.3 x 270.3 x 532.3 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Colegio San Ildefonso

Ernesto Neto, Mitodengo, 2009. Steel, 479.3 x 270.3 x 532.3 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Colegio San Ildefonso