rivane neuenschwander at irish museum of modern art

16 November 2011
This major mid-career survey of the work of the internationally admired Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander covers a decade of her work. A Day Like Any Other highlights her unique contribution to the narrative of Brazilian Conceptualism and reveals her wide ranging, interdisciplinary practice that merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions and participatory events. Three installations in the exhibition involve direct visitor participation. The first, I Wish Your Wish, 2003, is based on a tradition at a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where the faithful tie silk ribbons to their wrists and to the gates of the church; and, according to tradition, their wishes are granted when the ribbons wear away and fall off. At IMMA hundreds of similar ribbons will be printed with visitors' wishes from Neuenschwander's past projects exhibited elsewhere, and will hang from the gallery walls. Visitors are invited to remove a ribbon, tie it to their wrist, and replace it with a new wish written on slip of paper. The continuation of the project generates new ribbons which generates new dreams.

For the second piece, First Love, 2005, a police sketch artist sits with visitors and listens as the visitors describe the faces of their first loves; the sketch artist then produces portraits of these "first loves" to adorn the walls of the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. For the third installation, Walking in Circles, 2000, small halos of adhesive are applied to the gallery floor to pick up dirt from visitors' shoes. The work creates a physical and temporal map of the exhibition's traffic patterns.

In addition to these participatory actions and major installations, the exhibition will also contain several series of new paintings and the film The Tenant, 2010, which follows the journey of a soap bubble as it wanders through a deserted house in a permanent state of suspension. It also includes sculptures made by customers during conversations at bars and restaurants in Brazil.

The exhibition is curated by Richard Flood, Chief Curator at the New Museum, New York and is organised by the New Museum in collaboration with IMMA. A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition originated at the New Museum, and in addition to IMMA is travelling to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St Louis, Missouri; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida.