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ANA MARIA TAVARES   (b. 1958, Brazil)

“We have left, but we have not yet arrived.”

Looking to the legacies of modernist architecture in Brazil, Ana Maria Tavares creates futuristic non-places, and meditations on institutions, systems, and information. Her intricate installations are fantastically urban in their visual vocabulary, suggesting parallels with not only Oscar Niemeyer, but also with Giovanni Piranesi--the 18th-century Italian artist who created fictitious architectural landscapes--and with the labrynthine world of M. C. Escher.

Writing about her work, curator Dan Cameron notes, “Tavares has not set out to critique the situation in which she finds herself, so much as to suggest that within each collectively understood interpretation of a public space, there is always another possibility, often contradictory and sometimes filled with wonder, waiting to be explored. Sometimes, the only thing required to draw out this hidden reality is the simple act of treating all public spaces like empty sets, waiting to be filled with actors whose parts have not yet been written.”

Tavares earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1982 from the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in São Paulo. She completed her MFA in 1986 from the Art Institute of Chicago, and PhD in Art from the University of São Paulo in 2000. She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. She is currently Professor of Art at the University of São Paulo. In 2005, she was artist-lecturer at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and she was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006-2007. In 2014, she was the Lynette Autrey Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Center at Rice University.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


No Lugar Mesmo: Uma Antologia de Ana Maria Tavares – Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares - Forgotten Mantras - Silvia Cintra + Box4, Rio de Janeiro, RJ


Ana Maria Tavares: Airshaft for Piranesi, Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo, Brazil


Atlântica Moderna: Purus e Negros, Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brazil


Euryale Amazonica, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA


Natural Natural: Paisagem e Artifício, Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil; Centro de Arte e Cultura Dragão do Mar, Fortaleza, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA


Tautorama, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil


Desviantes, Galeria Silvia Cintra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil


Paisagens Perdidas (Para Lina Bo Bardi), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia


Fortuna e Recusa ou Ukiyo-e (a imagem de um mundo flutuante), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares, Kröller-Müller Musuem, Arnhem, Holland


Paisagem para Exit II, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal


Enigmas de uma Noite com Midnight Daydreams, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil


Noturnos (da série Caça-Palavras), Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo, Brazil


Entrückte Körper_GRU/TXL, Galerie Vostell, Berlin, Germany


Numinosum, Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo, Brazil


Middelburg Airport Lounge with Parede Niemeyer, De Vleeshall, Middelburg, Holland


Numinoso, De Kabineeten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland


Projeto Zona Instável, Pavilhão das Cavalariças, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Estação II, Centro Universitário Mariantonia, São Paulo, Brazil


Relax’o’visions, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE), São Paulo, Brazil


Porto Pampulha, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Rotatórias, Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil


Chicotes, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Chicotes, Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares, Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil


Ana Maria Tavares, Superior Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA


Objetos e Interferências, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Selected Public Collections

Casa da Cultura de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

FRAC Haute Normandie, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, France

Fundação ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Kröller-Müller Museum KMM, Arnhem, Holland

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói, Brazil

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo (MAC), São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Museu de Arte de Brasília (MAB), Brasília, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA), Belgium

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Stichting Sonsbeek Internationaal, Arnhem, Holland

Universidade de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil