Inaugurated in 2001, Galeria Fortes Vilaça is currently a reference of the vigor and quality of contemporary Brazilian art on the worldwide circuit. The gallery also represents the best of international art in Brazil. Under the direction of co-owners and founders Márcia Fortes and Alessandra d'Aloia, it presents an average of fifteen annual exhibitions at its two locations, continuously proposing new ways of thinking of art today. Once a year, a renowned independent curator is invited to develop a collective exhibition. In addition, the gallery participates in six international contemporary art fairs.
Galpão Fortes Vilaça is located in Barra Funda. Its primary function is to house the gallery's stock, but it also features exhibition rooms defined by movable panels, which reconfigure the space according to the nature of each exhibit. The proposal at Galpão is that the public be able to have contact with what's behind the exhibitions. Due to its rustic and industrial character, the space offers artists and the public an alternative context in ways of coexisting with art, outside of the rigidity or neutrality of the white cube.
Adriana Varejão, Armando Andrade Tudela, Barrão, Beatriz Milhazes, Carlos Bevilacqua, Cerith Wyn Evans, Damián Ortega, Efrain Almeida, Erika Verzutti, Ernesto Neto, Franz Ackermann, Gerben Mulder, Hiroshi Sugito, Iran do Espírito Santo, Jac Leirner, Janaina Tschäpe, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, José Damasceno, Julião Sarmento, Leda Catunda, Los Carpinteros, Luiz Zerbini, Marina Rheingantz, Marine Hugonnier, Mauro Piva, Mauro Restiffe, Michael Sailstorfer, Nuno Ramos, Osgemeos, Paulo Nenflidio, Rivane Neuenschwander, Rodrigo Matheus, Sara Ramo, Sergej Jensen, Simon Evans, Tamar Guimarães, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, and Valeska Soares.
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