• Altarpiece (detail), 18th Century.

    Altarpiece (detail), 18th Century.

    Brazil: Body and Soul

    Guggenheim Museum | Bilbao
    Avenida Abandoibarra, 2
    June 29, 2002–January 1, 2003

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York
    1071 Fifth Avenue
    October 19, 2001–May 29, 2002

    The Guggenheim’s done China. It’s done Africa. But if Brazil sounds a tad more manageable, it’s still quite a lot to fit into one exhibition: four centuries of art and culture represented by 350 items ranging from Dutch depictions of the Brazilian landscape, Amazonian feather capes, and a monumental Baroque altarpiece to Neo-Concrete objects by Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark and works by contemporary artists like Ernesto Neto. Organized by an international team led by Edward J. Sullivan, the exhibition aims to show visual art in the context of performance, music, and ritual. Get ready to samba up the spiral.