From the Archives

From the DS Archives: Ernesto Neto

Today from the DS Archives we take a look back at Ernesto Neto. The Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City is currently exhibiting his  sculptures, drawings, photographs, and objects produced from 1987 to 2011, many of them shown for the first time.

The following article was originally published on February 8, 2007 Written by :


One of Brazil’s most famous artists, Ernesto Neto creates room-sized environments for the viewer to navigate through and interact with. By using light, stretchable fabrics and organic shapes, filled occasionally with scented spices, Neto’s work allows the viewer to experience the work through all senses, creating a spatial labyrinth for the journey through the passages in the room. Currently, Neto is collaborating with Merce Cunnigham on an exhibition called “Dancing on the Cutting Edge,” where his sculptures become sets and costumes for the choreographer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. He exhibited with the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia (2004) and worked with Carnegie International (1999). Neto was the Brazilian artist for both the Biennale of Sydney (1998) and the Venice Biennale (2001). ArtForum has reviewed his work several times, including his exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler in 2004.