With our London hometown playing host to the world next week, one of the delegations we'll be keeping our eyes on are the Brazilians. Besides the fact that we'll be handing over the Olympic mantle to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, we're also feeling pumped about the Brazilian Olympic Committee exhibition of contemporary art and design, currently on show at Somerset House.
'From the Margin to the Edge' pulls together the brightest established and emerging talents across Brazil's different regions to provide a colourful cultural snapshot of its burgeoning art scene. Spanning the realms of photography, painting, video, sculpture and installation, all the work on view has been made in the last decade to prove just how culturally vibrant the country is.
Staged at Somerset House's Embankment Galleries and curated by art historian Rafael Cardoso, the exhibition presents the works of 33 artists and designers, including the structural wooden furniture pieces of Claudia Moreira Salles, the op-art installations of Regina Silveira and the refined art ceramics of Gilberto Paim and Elizabeth Fonseca, who first caught our eye two years when we visited Rio de Janeiro for our Born in Brazil issue.
'There is growing interest in- and a renewed respect for- Brazilian art and design on the international stage,' says Cardoso. 'We have a dynamic art scene in Brazil, which dares to take risks, producing interesting work on the cutting edge.'