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From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the 21st century

Free exhibition as part of Casa Brasil at Somerset House: 21 July – 8 September 2012

This summer, Somerset House and Casa Brasil, home of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 during the London 2012 Games, are proud to host an exciting exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art and design that celebrates the nation’s rich cultural offering.

Bringing together the best of Brazilian art and design today, the exhibition 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 and designed by scenographers Daniela Thomas and Felipe Tassara for Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, 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.

Rafael Cardoso said: “Having been somewhat sidelined for many years, there is a 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 at Somerset House, we wanted to reflect this shift in global opinion and demonstrate why the Brazilians are here to stay by presenting an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic talent on one of the world’s biggest platforms, London 2012.”

The exhibition has been specially commissioned by Rio 2016™ exclusively for Casa Brasil at Somerset House.  For the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the spirit of the Rio 2016™ Games comes to Somerset House with Casa Brasil. With Rio following London as the next Olympic host city, Casa Brasil will be a focal point for everyone to experience the vibrant culture and creative energy for which Brazil is renowned.

For a full list of participating artists and designers, please see below.

Notes to editors

From the margin to the edge: Brazilian art and design in the 21st century

Opening hours: 21 July - 8 September 2012, daily from 10.00 to 19.00, except on Thursdays when the exhibition opens from 11.00 to 21.00

Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk

Admission: Free

Transport: Nearesy Underground stations are: Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment

For Somerset House press enquiries and images, please contact Stephanie Lilley or Josephine Rodrigues on press@somersethouse.org.uk or 0207 845 4619/4638

For Rio 2016™ press enquiries and images, please contact:

Isabel Magalhães


Bernardo Domingues


+55 21 3433 5826

Sujit Jasani

VERO Communications


+44 [0]20 7379 4000

List of selected artists

Adriana Varejão: Painter. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1964.

Alex Flemming: Photographer, painter, sculptor, printmaker, multimedia artist and poet. Born in São Paulo, 1954.

Angelo Venosa: Sculptor. Born in São Paulo, 1954.

Amador Perez: Visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1952.

AoLeo: Visual artist, theatre director, stenographer, actor and performer.Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1983.

Ascânio MMM: Sculptor and painter. Born in Fão, Portugal, 1941.

Berna Reale: Visual artist and photographer. Born in Belém, 1964.

Caio Reisewitz: Photographer. Born in São Paulo, 1967.

Cao Guimarães: Visual artist and filmmaker. Born in Belo Horizonte, 1965.

Claudia Moreira Salles: Furniture designer. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1955.

David Cury: Visual artist. Born in Teresina, 1963.

Eduardo Coimbra: Photographer and sculptor. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1955.

Emmanuel Nassar: Visual artist. Born in Capanema, 1955.

Gilberto Paim & Elizabeth Fonseca: Ceramic artists. Born in Rio de Janeiro.

João Penoni: Designer, photographer, videomaker, performer. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1983.

Jum Nakao: Stylist and visual artist. Born in São Paulo, 1966.

Laura Erber: Writer and visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1979.

Laura Lima: Visual artist. Born in Governador Valadares, 1971.

Marcone Moreira: Visual artist, sculptor, photographer. Born in Pio XII, 1982.

Marcos Chaves: Visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1961.

Maria Laet: Visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1982.

Maurício Azeredo: Architect and furniture designer. Born in Macaé, 1948.

Maurício Dias & Walter Riedweg: Video artists. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1964, and Lucerne, Switzerland, 1955.

Nelson Leirner: Visual artist. Born in São Paulo, 1932.

Raul Mourão: Visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1967.

Regina Silveira: Visual artist. Born in Porto Alegre, 1939.

Rico Lins: Designer and illustrator. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1955.

Rochelle Costi: Photographer and visual artist. Born in Porto Alegre, 1961.

Rodrigo Braga: Visual artist. Born in Manaus, 1976.

Rodrigo Calixto: Furniture designer. Born in Rio de Janeiro.

Zé Carlos Garcia: Visual artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1973.

About Somerset House

Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2 million visitors to the site, providing a stimulating environment for exploration and relaxation. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. In September 2009, Somerset House became the new home of London Fashion Week.

About the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a private not for profit sports organisation established by  Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. Its mission is to promote, organise and deliver the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games, in accordance with the guidelines laid out by the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-doping Agency, and under the Brazilian Law, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Handbook.



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