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For Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1948) must seduce as well as make you think and act. For nearly fifty years, he has maintained this strategy, producing a body of work that compels the viewer of objects and the spectator of events into an active participation. At a time of increasing awareness of the dominant role of economic and ideological circuits, his art has never been more relevant.
This book celebrates the work of Cildo Meireles on the occasion of the presentation  at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves of an ambitious survey exhibition featuring the most significant pieces he conceived and produced between 1967 and 2013. Large-scale installations and environments constitute a major focus of the exhibition and this publication. Alongside writings and statements by the artist, essays by João Fernandes, Sérgio B. Martins and Guilherme Wisnik provide in-depth views on key features of Meireles’ work — its blend of the conceptual and the sensorial, its semantic play and constructive rules — and such pervading themes as territory, value and scale, processes of exchange and relationships of power.

artigos | by Dr. Radut