Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) has developed a distinct sculptural idiom using foam, fabric, found materials, and aromatic spices, such as lavender, clove, and turmeric. In 1998, he made his first fabric rooms, stretching membranes of Lycra tulle from gallery walls, ceilings, and floors and inviting barefoot visitors to enter into and pass through cavities that evoke the womb, interiors of churches, sailing vessels, and spaceships. Viewers are invited to touch, smell and often inhabit these soft sculputral forms.
For Neto, an exhibition is a place for poetry, where visitors can escape from their every day: "We are constantly receiving information, but here, I want you to stop thinking. Take refuge in art. I think that not thinking is good, it allows you to breathe in life." The trip begins in the Guggenheim Museum’s Atrium, where a large piece will be installed, and follows through the second floor’s eight galleries. Each room will offer viewers a different experience, requiring a different pace to contemplate and interact with each piece.
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