Ernesto Neto is considered one of the absolute leaders of brazil’s contemporary art scene.
his inspiration comes partly from brazilian neo-concretism. at the end of the 1950s and
beginning of the 60s the movement’s best-known proponents, Lygia Clarc and Hélio Oiticica, rejected modernism’s ideas of autonomous geometric abstraction. instead, they wanted to equate art with living organisms in a kind of organic architecture, and invite the viewer to be an active participant.
Neto has been awarded Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his installation at the Panthéon in Paris called Leviathan Thot. In 2009 the artist exhibited at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, filling the 5,100 square meter hall with a maze-like structure.
His latest installation (Madness is part of Life) is for the Louis Vuitton store in Tokyo, where visitors were invited to walk on and interact with a suspended pathway made from his stretchable material.
About Ernesto Neto: Designboom