Unfolding An Institution, Finding Inhotim

Open Lecture


Helium Oiticica, Invenção da cor, Penetrável Magic Square # 5, De Luxe, 1977


Matthew Barney, De Lama Lamina, 2004-2009, Installation-view Inhotim

Inhotim is a collection and an art institution specifically conceived upon the notion of site specificity and specific siting of art works and projects. Situated in the Brazilian countryside, 60 kilometres from the city of Belo Horizonte, Inhotim has found international recognition as a case-study for how local context can transcend into new museum standards, and how artists from all over the world do push the understanding of a place beyond geography towards states of awareness and engagement. The lecture will explore some examples of artists such as Carlos Garaicoa, Cildo Meireles, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Helio Oiticica, Marilá Dardot, Matthew Barney and Rirkrit Tiravanija, amongst others.

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    Jochen Volz

    Guest Speaker

    Jochen Volz is Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery and curator at the Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, since 2004. Between 2005 and 2012, he was Artistic Director of Inhotim and co-curated a series of large-scale site-specific projects on art and architecture with artists, including Adriana Varejão, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Doris Salcedo, Doug Aitken, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Matthew Barney, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tunga.
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