Visitors are drawn into organic spatial bodies surrounded by textile membranes. Inside, they encounter the singing rituals of the Huni Kuin people from the Amazon basin, who have travelled here especially to consecrate the spaces.
The title of the exhibition is also borrowed from their culture: Haux Haux (English: beginning, end, harmony) comes from the Huni Kuin’s Song of connection with the spirits of our nature.
Humanity and nature, is the context of the dialogue that Contemporary Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto addresses the manifold ways of perceiving our body as part of the theme year “Human Dimensions” at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck.
In the process, he turns his sculptures into physical spaces of experience: warm colors and soft shapes combine to create cave-like rooms, whose plush floors invite the visitor to stay and savor a sensual, rich experience.
He stimulates our sense of smell with numerous bags of herbs and spices made of lace and nylon as part of installations which hang from the ceiling and protrude into the space below. The involvement of the observer in active perception and social encounters thus becomes part of the artwork.
Neto’s organic room-scapes correspond with Hans Arp, the museum’s eponym — and build a bridge from modernity to the here and now: the Brazilian Neto, who represented his country at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and only recently won widespread acclaim for his major exhibition at Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
He sees his works as closely related to those of Arp, in both spiritual and formal terms —their works share both an interest in natural processes of transformation and a preference for a biomorphic formal language and a tendency toward minimalistic abstraction.