Neuenschwander is one of the most internationally renowned Brazilian artists of her generation. Her ephemeral practice draws on the history of Latin American conceptualism to explore the interplay between chance and order in everyday life. She frequently employs a simple framework and materials (ant-eaten rice paper, coconut powder, ground spices) to convey complex ideas. She tests her hypothesis numerous times, allowing her subject to determine its own evolution. Exploring nature's hidden and often chaotic logic, Neuenschwander has created a diverse and intimate body of work mapping and charting this evolving terrain.
In 2019 Neuenschwander's participatory installation ‘Bataille' was exhibited at Art Basel Unlimited.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘O Alienista', Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2019); ‘The Name of Fear', Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2017); The Reading Box, The Moon, Misfortunes and Crimes, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (2017); ‘Secondary Stories', SPACE, Linda Pace Foundation, Texas, USA (2016); ‘The Name of Fear', Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016); ‘Children's Commission 2015: Rivane Neuenschwander, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England (2015); ‘Rivane Neuenschwander: mal-entendidos/misunderstandings', São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); ‘Quarta-feira de cinzas/Epilogue', Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2014); ‘POST - The Order and the Method', Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); ‘The Spiral and The Square. Exercises in Translatability', Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway (2012) and ‘Wednesday Series', Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA (2012).
In 2013 Neuenschwander received the 6th Yanghyun Prize in Korea.
In 2010 Neuenschwander was the subject of a mid-career survey ‘A Day Like Any Other' that originated at the New Museum, New York and travelled to Mildred Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis (2010), Miami Art Museum, Miami (2011) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011).
Recent group exhibitions include: Water, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia (2019-2020); Southern Stars: An Exploration of Latin American Art, Art Paris, France (2019); Take Me (I'm yours), L'Accademia di Francia a Roma, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2018); Across Boundaries, Draiflessen Collection, Mettingen, Germany (2018); Kinderbiennale (The Children's Biennale), Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany (2018); I make a video for you to understand once and all, UEL, Londrina, Brazil (2018); Matriz de tempo real, MAC - USP, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Dragonfly, Domaine des Etangs, Massignac, France (2018); ‘Prospect.4 New Orleans', New Orleans, USA (2017); ‘Eatable Alphabet', Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2017); Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England (2017); Life Worlds, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2017); Punto de Partida (Coppel Collection), Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain (2017); NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); 14th Biennale de Lyon: Floating Worlds, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2017); Abstract/Object, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2016); Por aqui tudo é novo... (Here everything is new...), Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil (2016); Filmes e Vídeos de Artistas na Coleção Itaú Cultural, Ibere Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015); Zé Carioca, Fernando Lindote e Los Amigos, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); Imagine Brazil, DHC/ART, Montreal, Canada (2015) ‘Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection', Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2015); ‘Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA, travelling to Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, South London Gallery, London and Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, México City; México (2015-2016); ‘After Babel', Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); ‘Images Moving Out Onto Space', Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (2015); ‘New ways not to do', Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2014); ‘Permission to Be Global', Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA (2013-2014); ‘Imagine Brazil', Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (2013); ‘Homebodies', Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA (2013); ‘Circuitos cruzados: o Centre Pompidou encontra o MAM', MAM-SP Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil (2013); ‘Scattered Showers - Forms of Weather', The Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2013), ‘Yes Naturally, how art saves the world', Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, The Netherlands, Germany (2013), ‘Kaboom! Comics in Art', Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany (2013).
Neuenschwander's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including Tate, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Vienna; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; La Fundacion Jumex, Mexcio City.