• “Pedro Paiva and João Maria Gusmão: Papagaio” (Parrot)

    Pirelli HangarBicocca
    Via Chiese 2
    June 12–November 16, 2014

    Curated by Vicente Todolí

    The work of Pedro Paiva and João Maria Gusmão has generated a lot of interest since the early 2000s (among other high-profile global exhibitions, the two have participated in the Gwangju Biennale, Manifesta, and the Bienal de São Paulo, as well as in the Venice Biennale, twice), yet no comprehensive consideration of their practice has been undertaken. Former Tate Modern director Todolí takes steps toward amending that with this exhibition. Though the show includes film-based pieces only, it surveys the artists’ production over the past ten years. And indeed it is film that has served as the core of Paiva and Gusmão’s unique undertakings, in which they blend absurdist humor, pseudoscience, and existential philosophy to create the wry, often-obscure pieces for which they have become best known.