Cildo Meireles (Brazilian, 1948) is a prominent Conceptual artist recognized for his installations, sculptures, and mixed media works. The ephemeral is a common theme in art, as evidenced in Eureka/Blindhotland, an installation of 200 black balls with which the viewer must physically interact. Insertions into Ideological Circuits, a project that showcases everyday consumer items coded with political implications, exemplifies Meireles’s resistance to military oppression in Brazil. Much of his work serves as a call to the viewer to take action, and he considers audience response to an artwork to be part of the artwork itself. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia in Salvador and at the Tate Modern in London. In 2008, Meireles won the Ordway Prize for his significant international impact on Contemporary art.

Timeline

1948
Born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Exhibitions

2011
Interventions in the Landscape, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York
2011
“A Terrible Beauty is Born,” 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
2011
“Art and Confrontation in Latin America: 1910-2010,” Palacio de Bellas Artes and Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
2010
“Amazonia, A Arte,” Museu Vale, Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil
2010
“Os 70’s,” Progetti, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2010
“First and Last, Notes on the Monument,” Galería Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
2010
“On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
2010
“Contemporary Art from the Collection,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
2010
“Snapshots of Tourism,” Gallery Augusta, HIAP Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
2010
“Like Tears in Rain,” Palacio das Artes – Fabrica de Talentos, Porto, Portugal
2010
“185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art,” National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, New York, New York
2009
“Los Impoliticos,” Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy
2009
“Grito e Escuta,” 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2009
“À Contre-Corps / Countering the Body,” Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
2009
“Brazilian Summer.Art & the City,” Museum Het Domein, Sittard, the Netherlands
2009
“On the Margins of Art. Creation and Political Engagement,” Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain
2009
“Making Worlds,” 53rd Italian Pavilion, International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2009
"A Mancha Humana / The Human Stain,” Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2009
“Unbuilt Roads,” Based on the book Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealised Projects, Hatje Cantz (1997) edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa, e-flux project space, New York, New York
2009
“NÓS,” Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009
“The Collection,” Siobhan Davies Dance Studio & Victoria Miro Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008
Cildo Meireles, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (solo)
2008
When Lives Become Form – Contemporary Brazilian Art: 1960 – Present, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Trazos Humanos [Human Traces], University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
2008
Arte‚ Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York
2008
No Es Neutrala – Daros Latinamerica Collection, Tabakalera, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
2007
New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Prints, Photographs, and Media Works, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
2007
Face to Face, The Daros Collections, Zurich, Switzerland
2007
Arte para Crianças [Art for Children], Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007
Transactions, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
2007
Time Present Time Past: Highlights from 20 Years of the International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey. Exhibition concurrent with the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
2007
6th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2007
“New Economy,” Artists Space, New York, New York
2007
The Disappeared, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York
2006
Cildo Meireles: Babel,Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil
2006
Seducoes: Valeska Soares, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto,h Daros-Latinamerica, Zürich, Switzerland
2006
Contrabando,Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2005
Populism,Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2005
20 Desarranxos: Panorama da arte brasileira,Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain
2005
Algum Desenho [1963-2005],Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
2005
Espaço Brasil, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
2005
Open Systems: Rethinking Art c.1970,Tate Modern, London, England
2005
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2005
Paralela 2004, São Paulo Biennial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2004
Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Forms 1940s-70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
2004
Occasion, Portikus im Leinwandhaus, Frankfurt, Germany
2004
Descala and Strictu, Galerie Lelong, New York
2004
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
2003
Musee dfArt Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, France
2003
Layers of Brazilian Art, Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell College, Iowa
2003
Uneasy Space, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2003
The Paper Sculpture Show,Sculpture Center, New York
2003
Poetic Justice: 8th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
2003
Strictu, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
2002
XI Documenta, Kassel, Germany
2002
Desenhistas coloristas, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo
2002
Aquisicões essenciais, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro
2001
Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas
2001
'Minimalism Past And Presence' Galerie Lelong, New York, June 26, - August 17, 2001
2001
'Versiones del Sur: Eztetyka del sueno' Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2000
2000
South Korea Biennial, Korea
2000
'Vivências (Life Experiences)' Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, September 15 – December 22, 2000
2000
'Making Choices' Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000
Worthless, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia
2000
'Cildo Meireles' (Retrospective organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NewYork.) Museu Moderna Arte de São Paulo, July 13 – August 20. Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 5 – December 2.
2000
'Cildo Meireles' O Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, December 2000.
2000
'Cildo Meirelesh' Kunstverein, Koln Germany
2000
Galeria Luisa Strina São Paulo, SP
1999
Retrospective, New Museum New York, NY
1999
'Ku Kka Ka Kka' Galerie Lelong, New York
1999
'Cildo Meireles' New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1999
The Queens Musuem of Art New York, NY
1999
Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980sh organized by Jane Farver, Queens Museum of Art, NY; traveling to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, Miami Art Museum, FL.
1999
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
1998
XXIV Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1998
The Garden of the Forking Paths, Kunstforeningen Copenhagen
1998
Camelô, Galeria Luisa Strina São Paulo, SP
1997
You Are Here, Royal College of Art London
1997
'Cildo Meireles' (retrospective organized by the IVAM, Spain) Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston
1996
Retrospectiva, Museu de Arte Do Porto Portugal
1992
Metros I, Galeira Luisa Strina São Paulo, SP
1992
America, Bride of the Sun, Musee Reel de Beaux Arts D'Antuerpe, Belgie
1990
'Projects' The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1990
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
1990
The Retorical Image, The New Museum of Contemporary Art New York, NY
1990
Projects, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1989
'Through and Lezartes' The Kannal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgium
1989
'Les Magiciens de la Terre' Centre Georges Pompidou, La Villette, Paris, France
1989
XX Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Brazil
1987
Non Magic World, Museum of Contemporary Art São Paulo, SP
1986
Cinza (Gray), Galeria Luisa Strina São Paulo, SP
1981
The Sermon of the Mountain: Fiat Lux, Museum of Moderna Art Medellin, Colombia
1981
Galeria Luisa Strina São Paulo, SP
1976
International Actulity, Biennale of Venice
1975
Eureka/Blindhotland, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, RJ
1970
Information, MOMA New York, NY
1967
Museu De Art Moderna Bahia, Salvador