Cais do Oriente
The second edition of ArtRio, the city's major international art fair, opens this week with four giant warehouses of modern and contemporary works from Rio and around the world in a four-day art extravaganza on Pier Mauá.
Organized by artist and curator Brenda Valansi, gallerist and collector Elisangela Valadares, and the entrepreneurs Alexandre Accioly and Luiz Calainho, ArtRio 2012 brings together works from the twentieth century modernist to the ultra contemporary, from almost 100 galleries in the 13,000 square metres of warehouse space on the Port-side edge of Guanabara Bay. Established galleries exhibit under the 'Panorama Program' while up and coming galleries with works developed specifically for the fair are showing under the 'Box Program'. International favorites include the LA-founded Gagosian Gallery who will follow up their 2011 Paris show 'Brazil: Reinvention of the Modern' with a major sculpture exhibition for ArtRio in the final space, and Japanese artist collective Kaikai Kiki brings bright, pop-manga aesthetics to the fair.
Half the fair is devoted to international works, but Rio and art appreciation in the city remain as the event's central axis, with the stated aim of encouraging a greater everyday interaction with art. Under the banner 'Rio is art. All the time. Everywhere', the fair intends to extand its reach beyond these warehouses and out into the city with fifteen individually curated circuits of artistic discovery and intrigue including a Vik Muniz-curated public art tour, the architectural open-air museum that is Cinelândia and an art deco tour of Copacabana.
Embracing the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary artistic expression, the fair has launched a 'sound art' webradio station ArtRio Sonora and ArtRio Video will see a space curated by Carlos Duran of the LOOP Barcelona video art festival given entirely over to video artworks. Other features include a kids' space, book launches, a solo projects exhibition and parallel program of alternative art events by the city's burgeoning art collectives including the Bhering Factory artists and video art crew Vide Urbe. All told, an unmissable opportunity to browse, buy or simply ponder the hottest new works currently being produced in Rio and around the world.