Cildo Meireles, born in Rio de Janeiro, is one of Brazil's most significant living artists and a pioneer of conceptual art, which he embarked on in the 1960s. He is best known for dramatic, multi-sensory environments that intimately involve the viewer. His project for MAM features a room-size installation entitled Strictu, which is being exhibited for the first time in the United States. Strictu is a walk-through environment in which the spectator travels a winding path formed by chains on the floor, ending at a sharply lit table with two chairs. The work explores relationships of power and control and other aspects of authoritarianism.
Organized by Miami Art Museum as part of its New Work series of projects by contemporary artists. Curated by MAM Associate Curator Cheryl Hartup.
For nearly forty years, the work of Cildo Meireles has challenged common perceptions
about the world by dissecting and reformulating conceptual principles of art, politics,
economics, and physics. Although he works in many media, Meireles is renowned for
creating dramatic, multi-sensory installations that engage the viewer on all levels:
physically, emotionally, and psychically...