Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
20.06.2013 – 09.09.2013
The exhibition was part of the “Nouvelles Vagues” season at the Palais de Tokyo.
Taking the form of paintings, sculptures or installations, Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s hybrid works draw on urban design and plant life, on organic and structural forms, and on art and science in compositions where the unexpected generates a world tinged with a sense of the fantastic. To achieve this, Oliveira most often uses materials found in the urban context of his native country, for example ‘tapumes’, the wooden fencing built around building sites in large cities. With Baitogogo, Henrique Oliveira plays with existing forms – such as pillars – that give structure to the space of Palais de Tokyo: he extends and multiplies them in order to give them an organic, plant-like dimension, as if the building had come to life. The central motif of this installation is evocative of a synapse: a link between standardized architecture and the plant kingdom that seems to have overrun it. Compelled by the image he finds before him, the viewer is plunged into a microscopic neuromuscular world, reminding a synapses ensemble. This exhibition is produced by SAM Art Projects together with “Bouygues Bâtiment IDF – Rénovation Privée”. With the support of Millan Gallery, São Paulo, and Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris.