London

Ernesto Neto, Célula Nave.  It happens in the body of time, where truth dances, 2004, polyamide textile, aluminum tubes, sand, and styrofoam 187 1/8 x 787 1/2 x 944 7/8 ". Installation view, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2009. Photo: Studio Hans Wilschut

Ernesto Neto, Célula Nave. It happens in the body of time, where truth dances, 2004, polyamide textile, aluminum tubes, sand, and styrofoam 187 1/8 x 787 1/2 x 944 7/8 ". Installation view, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2009. Photo: Studio Hans Wilschut

London

Ernesto Neto

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
June 19–September 5, 2010

Curated by Cliff Lauson

It is no mystery why Ernesto Neto has become one of Brazil’s most popular artists. He engages not just sight but touch and smell. To be fair, while this approach is crowd-pleasing, it also demonstrates a clear historical link to the heyday of Tropicália, the Rio de Janeiro–based interdisciplinary movement of the late 1960s that expanded colorful abstraction and sensory exploration (think Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica) in the direction of audience involvement. Here Neto will showcase six participatory installations spread across two galleries and three sculpture courts. In addition to his familiar bulbous, pillow-like forms, a steel-based work will make its debut. The accompanying catalogue will include contributions from the curator, São Paulo Bienal director Moacir dos Anjos, and others, as well as a conversation between Hayward director Ralph Rugoff and the artist.