Brazil’s New Installation Art
When Brazil’s leading contemporary art center, Inhotim (inhotim.org.br), opened outside Belo Horizonte in 2006, it was the talk of South America. Now, nine new installations promise to put the museum on the international art map. Joining permanent works by luminaries such as Olafur Eliasson and Pipilotti Rist: Chris Burden’s forest of rusting steel beams; Matthew Barney’s surreal reinterpretation of yearly Carnival; and Brazilian-born Valeska Soares’s images of a couple dancing, projected and refracted on mirrored walls of an octagonal structure. It’s quite a trip.