For Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, who defines himself as a sculptor, his pieces have been created so that they may be penetrated, inhabited, felt, and even smelled, allowing viewers to experience the piece with their own bodies, senses and minds, through the work of art and vice-versa. Interacting with the environment and other people, visitors are immersed in a fusion of sculpture and architecture. Neto comments: “What we have in common is more important than what makes us different. I like to discuss the situation of Humanity, the temperature of the things we experience. The movement of things. The language.” This explains why he delves into common aspects of interpersonal relationships through his sculptures, evoking sensuality and corporality.
The exhibition has been developed in close collaboration with the artist, conceived as a high-density trip in which living is the essence of his work—an experience of smells, colors, emotions, and language, of sensory events. For Neto, an exhibition is a place for poetry, where visitors can escape from their every day: “We are constantly receiving information, but here, I want you to stop thinking. Take refuge in art. I think that not thinking is good, it allows you to breathe in life.” The trip begins in the Museum’s Atrium, where a large piece will be installed, and follows through the second floor’s eight galleries. Each room will offer viewers a different experience, requiring a different pace to contemplate and interact with each piece.