Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the museum of São Paulo State Secretariat for Culture and Creative Economy presents, from August 10th to October 28th, 2019, the group exhibition We are Many: Experiments in Collectivity, which investigates artistic practice as a collective exercise. Curated by Amanda Arantes, Fernanda Pitta and Jochen Volz, the show presents artistic experiences designed as direct or indirect dialogues with Hélio Oiticica and Joseph Beuys’ production, two of the most important and active artists of the second half of the twentieth century. With them, six other national and international artists and collectives will participate, such as Maurício Ianês, Mônica Nador and Jamac, Coletivo Legítima Defesa, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tania Bruguera and Vivian Caccuri.
The Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961) proposes an open stage, based on the Raumbühne spiral structure (stage space), a term defined by the architect and theorist Friedrich Kiesler. Known for works that require situations of social exchange in common spaces, Tiravanija now appropriates this foundation to create a theatrical performance experiment, which is available for the free use of visitors. There, they are able to express themselves, bringing their skills, talents and wishes, whether in the form of workshops, dance and theater shows, or in the form of poetry recitals and yoga lessons. The work also receives the immersive performances of the Coletivo Legítima Defesa, performed in partnership with the Brazilian curator Thiago de Paula.