Galeria Luisa Strina is pleased to present Pling Pling, a solo exhibition by Cildo Meireles, whose long- standing relationship with the gallery goes back several decades. Coinciding with the São Paulo Bienal, Pling Pling will explore the relationship between the sensory and the mind, politics and ethics; themes which have engaged Meireles in his practice for the last half-century. The show will present works that have never before been presented in São Paulo and will draw on Meireles’s 2013 retrospective at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, which travelled to Museo Serralves in Porto, and HangarBicocca in Milan earlier this year.
The exhibition will include a selection of installations and a painting, spanning the artist’s entire career, from his celebrated Espaços Virtuais (Virtual Spaces) series dating from the 1960s to more recent works. The focus of the show will be the large installation work Pling Pling (2009), which was previously displayed as part of the group show “Making Worlds”, curated by Daniel Birnbaum for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). The work takes the form of a constructed space within the gallery consisting of six rooms each painted with a different primary or secondary colour and equipped with a video screen that displays a complementary hue. In typical Meireles style, scale and saturated colour are utilised to create a multi-sensorial experience for the viewer as they walk through the installation.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, where he still lives and works, Meireles is considered to be one of the leading figures in conceptual art, having created some of the most aesthetically and philosophically captivating works of his era. Meireles’s work takes on complex ideas with a signature frugality of expression drawing from the Neo-concrete forms of the masters of the historical Brazilian avant- garde. The tumultuous political and social history of Brazil is also fundamentally tied up in his practice, with Meireles combining the poeticism of his forbears with the grit and realism of his social experience.
Meireles’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the 37th, 50th, 51st and 53rd Venice Biennales, 16th, 20th, 24th Bienal de São Paulo, 6th and 8th Istanbul Biennials, 1st, and 6th Mercosul Biennial, Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway, 2004 Liverpool Biennial, and Documenta in 1992, and 2002.
Selected recent solo exhibition include Kunsthal 44 Møen in Denmark, HangarBicocca in Milan, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Museo Serralves in Porto, Itaú Cultural Center in São Paulo, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, MACBA in Barcelona, Tate Modern in London, Estação Pinacoteca in São Paulo, Museu Vale do Rio Doce in Espírito Santo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, Portikus im Leinwandhaus in Frankfurt, Kunstreverein in Hamburg in Hamburg, Galerie Lelong in New York, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, New Museum in New York, Galeria Luisa Strina in São Paulo, and Miami Art Museum in Miami. Group shows include Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) in São Paulo, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Tokyo, and MoMA in New York.