Must See: Secondary Stories by Rivane Neuenschwander

SPACE Gallery

June 30, 2016 6:00 pm

The Linda Pace Foundation presents the Texas debut of Secondary Stories, a room-sized installation by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, who has become widely regarded for her often ephemeral work that explores narratives about language, nature, social interactions and the passing of time. The exhibition will showcase Secondary Stories as well as three video installation works. In the central installation, a constellation of brightly colored circles is visible through a translucent ceiling. Hidden fans gently move the confetti-like shapes across the scrim surface, creating a dynamic abstraction.

“At that time, I was working with the idea of Carnival and language, attempting to establish a parallel between these themes…the word ‘secondary’ refers to secondary colors…when the primary colored tissue overlaps the secondary colors are revealed…’stories’ is an attempt to access language and speech, while bringing attention to peripheral events that are not necessarily meant to be the focal point.”  states Neuenschwander.


In the first video installation, Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue, Neuenschwander “alludes to the end of Carnival, both through its title and its soundtrack, when after four days of intense celebration, Lent is officially established.” The work presents armies of black ants “indifferent to tradition and time, [they] are engaged in cleaning, collecting and carrying  colored paper confetti that has been dropped on the ground by revelers.” (Interview with Rivane Neuenschwander, March 2016)

The Linda Pace Foundation is committed to the charitable vision of its founder. Guided by the donor’s conviction that contemporary art is essential to a dynamic society, the Linda Pace Foundation fosters the creation, presentation, and understanding of innovative expression through contemporary art. Grantssupport the International Residency program of Artpace – a separate non-profit organization founded byLinda Pace, as well as many other contemporary arts organizations, CHRISpark, the public exhibition ofPace‘s contemporary art collection, and the work of contemporary artists.