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Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World

Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World, 19 June – 5 September 2010, Hayward Gallery.Renowned for his use of stretched fabric and spices, Ernesto Neto creates site-specific installations with an abstract, biomorphic quality – evocative of skin and interior body systems – that encourage visitors to engage with their surroundings and each other.

In this, his most ambitious exhibition to date, Neto transformed the Hayward Gallery’s upper galleries and sculpture terraces with a series of interlinked installations representing three separate aspects of a city park: a monument, a garden walkway and a lake. 

Visitors were able to explore a sequence of spaces that merged sculpture and architecture, animating the work by wandering through fabric installations, relaxing in cushioned soft spaces, ascending stairs into artworks overhead or venturing barefoot through an all-encompassing nylon vessel. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue accompanies featuring installation photography of the exhibition, an interview with the artist by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, and essays by Moacir dos Anjos, Philip Ursprung and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson.

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Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World, 19 June – 5 September 2010, Hayward Gallery. 

Renowned for his use of stretched fabric and spices, Ernesto Neto creates site-specific installations with an abstract, biomorphic quality – evocative of skin and interior body systems – that encourage visitors to engage with their surroundings and each other.

In this, his most ambitious exhibition to date, Neto transformed the Hayward Gallery’s upper galleries and sculpture terraces with a series of interlinked installations representing three separate aspects of a city park: a monument, a garden walkway and a lake. 

Visitors were able to explore a sequence of spaces that merged sculpture and architecture, animating the work by wandering through fabric installations, relaxing in cushioned soft spaces, ascending stairs into artworks overhead or venturing barefoot through an all-encompassing nylon vessel. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue accompanies featuring installation photography of the exhibition, an interview with the artist by Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, and essays by Moacir dos Anjos, Philip Ursprung and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson.

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