Rivane Neuenschwander (born 1967) is a Brazilian artist. She is known for work that explores language, nature, geography, the passing of time and social interactions. At times her works are interactive, involving viewers in spontaneous and participatory actions. In her installations, films and photographs, Rivane Neuenschwander employs fragile unassuming materials to create aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as “ethereal materialism”.
Neuenschwander was born in 1967 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 1993 and completed her MFA at the Royal College of Art in London 1998. After graduation she traveled to Italy, Germany, Spain and Sweden. She is the sister of Sergio Neuenschwander, with whom she collaborates. She is of Swiss descent. She lives in Brazil.
Neuenschwander has exhibited her work internationally throughout the past twenty years. In 2010, the New Museum in New York presented Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, a survey exhibition that traveled to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, followed by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, Miami Art Museum, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin through 2012.
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Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. At the New Museum last Friday the artist Rivane Neuenschwander was on her knees, slicing up the carpeting in a third-floor gallery as she searched energetically for microphones hidden in the floorboards and walls.
Meet the Artist
Rivane Neuenschwander seeks to understand the issues that pervade our time. Her multi-disciplinary practice encompasses film, installation, painting, sculpture, and -in reaction to the recent government of Jair Bolsonaro – protest actions. While conceptually, the works find their starting point in her home country of Brazil, the themes they address – the rise of the far-right, environmental collapse, and Indigenous rights – are relevant across the globe.
More of her Art
Rivane Neuenschwander’s ephemeral practice draws on the history of Latin American conceptualism to explore the interplay between chance and order in everyday life. Neuenschwander is one of the most internationally renowned Brazilian artists of her generation. She often allows the influence of autonomous, transient forces – humans and animals being…