From 30 November 2019 until 24 February 2020, the Pinacoteca de São Paulo will present a large retrospective of Fernanda Gomes, bringing together 50 works from the 1980s up until the present day. Curated by José Augusto Ribeiro, the show is presented in the form of a large installation, composed of fragments, a recurring format in Gomes’ practice, dispersed throughout seven temporary galleries on the first floor of the Pinacoteca, demanding that the viewer play an active role in their reading of the work.
Gomes is considered today amongst the Brazilian contemporary artists with the greatest presence and prestige internationally. Her practice is characterised by the use of everyday objects – like plaster, wood and glass – which are subjected to manual operations such as tying, joining or simply being positioned and spread in the space. These items are collected in the artist’s daily life and during walks through the streets and galleries and institutions where her work is exhibited.
The exhibition at the Pinacoteca, which is sponsored by Itaú, was conceived two years after the institution invited the artist to exhibit. Throughout this period, Gomes developed a plan to occupy the spaces, which included both fixed decisions and opportunities for improvisation, planning exhibition-based solutions specific to each environment. “From there, a demanding, meticulous process is manifested, that goes beyond a meeting of works”, explains the curator.