Rio de Janeiro

Jarbas Lopes

A Gentil Carioca

Carioca is the familiar term for inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro and an adjective associated with time-honored manifestations of Brazilian popular culture like Carnival and the samba. But the word also signifies a kind of open, sensual, pleasure-oriented conviviality. It is this type of congenial social and cultural experience that has set the tone of A Gentil Carioca since it opened in 2003 in one of the city’s typical working-class neighborhoods, a zone of traditional small businesses, originally Arab and now with a strong Chinese presence. Merchants and buyers mingle at the doors of an endless array of bars and shops in which things of every sort can be found, including many of the materials used by artists like Ernesto Neto, whose atelier lies in this district and who runs the gallery along with Laura Lima and Márcio Botner.

This exhibition of work by Rio-born artist Jarbas Lopes was

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