©Victoria Tomaschko / ifa Galerie Berlin


Botner & Pedro
Carlos Contente
Guga Ferraz
Laura Lima
Jarbas Lopes
João Modé
Paulo Nenflidio
Ernesto Neto
Maria Nepomuceno
Alexandre Vogler

A Gentil Carioca – roughly: “a friendly inhabitant of Rio” – is an art space founded by the artists Laura Lima, Marcio Botner and Ernesto Neto in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. In Berlin, A Gentil Carioca presents ten artistic positions in a collaborative installation, offering insights into the mode of operation of the art space as well as into the local art scene involving critical, artistic debates and playful, poetic landscapes. Founded in 2003, A Gentil Carioca has become a prominent centre of attraction for the local art scene: an important exhibition space for contemporary art, a meeting point for the exchange of experience, and a platform to experiment with new artistic formats.

The exhibition illustrates that differences and contradictions play an important part in the process of friendly cooperation. The ten participating artists from a sculptural organism, in which the works touch each other, form groups, confront each other or even develop from one another. The exhibition thus follows a logic of the unpredictable, the unstable and the uncertain, establishing new connections, provoking questions, and generating tensions.

Following to the show Art Scene Viet Nam last spring, A Gentil Carioca is the second exhibition in the series connect:, which in a diverse series of exhibitions, events and publications attemps to connect, contact, mediate and join different scenes in the field of the visual arts from Asia, Africa, Latin America and East Europe.


Friday, 30 July 2010, 17:00
Guided tour through the exhibition with the present artists

Friday, 30 July 2010, 19:00
Series of events “Art in Movement – Transatlantic Connections” in cooperation with the Ibero-American Institute Other landscapes. Insights into the art scene of Rio de Janeiro, with Laura Lima and Márcio Botner.

Thursday, 28 October 2010, 19:00
Long Shadows of History. On the German contributions to the São Paulo Biennal.
With Ulrike Groos and Sebastian Preuss, Ibero-American Institute

Sunday, 26 September 2010, 11:00 – 13:00
Children’s Art Programme – “Space Ship Art” – A journey to other universes, constellations and spaces.

©Victoria Tomaschko / ifa Galerie Berlin