MoMA and MoMA PS1's Expo 1 Exhibition Travels to Brazil, May 2014
A focused and updated version of EXPO 1: New York-the large-scale exploration of ecological challenges in the early 21st century that was on view from May until September at The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach-is on view in Brazil as EXPO 1: Rio at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to crucial components of the New York presentation, the exhibition will incorporate works by Brazilian artists specifically selected to reflect the current local climate, both social and political, in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
EXPO 1: Rio is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen do Brasil and will be on view from December 17, 2013, through February 23, 2014.
The original idea of EXPO 1 was developed by Klaus Biesenbach with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Luiz Camillo Osorio, Curator of MAM, collaborated for the selection of additional artists from Brazil for EXPO 1: Rio. Peter Eleey, Roxana Marcoci, and Jenny Schlenzka, among a team of additional MoMA, MoMA PS1, and independent curators, contributed in advisory roles.
The conceptual basis of EXPO 1: Rio is an examination of the complex interactions between ecology and economy, against the backdrop of the revolutionary changes of recent years. Increasing ecological challenges, innovations in industry and production, as well as structural and massive changes in societies and political balances, position the works in the exhibition as a call for public debate.
EXPO 1: New York took its urgency from an ecological view point due to the direct experience of climate change as evidenced in the concrete example of Hurricane Sandy, which gravely affected large parts of New York. In the future venues and cities where EXPO 1 will be presented, the exhibition will continue to consider shifts in each local urban environment and the uneven growth of economic progress in relation to global ecological changes. International spectacles, such as widely viewed sporting events, are often at odds with infrastructural and social needs. Carnival, an example specific to Rio de Janeiro, will be visible to a global audience in 2014, preceding both the FIFA World Cup soccer championship and, two years later, the Olympic Games. The preparations for these massive events are occurring simultaneously and present a contrast to demonstrations and riots against political and police control that express a wide-spread disagreement with the authoritarian planning.