“Amerikka” and other installations ____________ Cildo Meireles, father of Brazilian conceptual art shows in Milan


Cildo Meireles, Installations, is the title of the first retrospective exhibition, in Italy, of the work of Cildo Meireles, considered a pioneer in the Brazilian – and International – conceptual art scene. Meireles was one of the first – in the 60s – to experiment with immersive and multi-sensory installations that involve the viewer physically. The retrospective features 12 of the artist’s most important installations executed between 1970 to the present, and is at the BicoccaHangar in Milano, until the 20th of July, 2014.

A pier over a “water” made of 17,000 open books, each with an image of the sea, an Indian Tee-Pee covered in paper money from American countries at the center of a floor made of animal bones, and a tiny wooden cube (“Cruzeiro do Sul” 1969/70) that measures 9cm by 9cm, made from trees sacred to the Indios, are three of the works in the show, which is curated by Vicente Todolì.

“Amerikka” is a piece featuring a carpet of 25,000 eggs (they’re made of wood…) under a canopy of 55,000 bullets, (pictured above.) Meireles was also involved in social causes and the Tropicalia movement, togeter with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

Read about Cildo Meireles’ art and life, on the Wikipedia page, linked here.

Visit the exhibition website for more information, and to see a gallery with images from the show, all linked here.







Cildo Meireles, Installations,
Until the 20th of July, 2014
Fondazione HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2, 20126 Milano

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