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OiR - Outras Ideais Para o Rio

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OiR - Outras Ideais Para o Rio

Date 07 Sep 2012-02 Nov 2012

The city will become a giant open-air gallery over the coming months with the unveiling of a new project designed to push art into the Rio foreground at a time when sport threatens to dominate the landscape. An ongoing initiative set to be repeated every two years, curator Marcello Dantas (the man behind recent Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor shows) has called upon a bevy of international talent to open up proceedings including Brian Eno, Ryoiji Ikeda and Andy Goldsworthy, each occupying a different space in the city with their repsective installations.

UK artist Goldsworthy has created a huge, unfeasibly delicate-looking clay dome on display (and fully explorable) at the cavernous Centro Cultural da Ação da Cidadania (Avenida Barão de Tefé 75, Saúde). Known for his work with natural materials from leaves to pebbles, he has exhibited in the Australian outback and the North Pole. In Cinelândia, meanwhile, in front of the Theatro Municipal, minimalist Robert Morris has created a huge labyrinth of triangular glass for the public to investigate.

Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa will exhibit his Awilda work on Botafogo beach for the two month period. Famous for his sizeable creations, the 39-foot elongated face made of fibreglass will take up residence in the lee of Sugarloaf Mountain, staring at passers by from the shallows of Guanabara Bay. Equally impressive are the wooden sculptures of Brazil's Henrique Oliveira taking over the recently inaugurated Madureira Park.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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