SP-Arte 2018 – 14th edition

SP-Arte: come and see

Be sure not to miss SP-Arte 2018, which brings together 131 national and international galleries in the Biennial Pavilion. This 14th SP-Arte will be from April 11 to 15 and my work will be there, in the Lume Gallery (B2 ground floor).

Today, SP-Arte is the most important international and contemporary art fair in Brazil. I will present, in the Lume Gallery, bronze sculptures and crystals that reflect the current moment of my work with stones, which as you know, are my passion.

Be sure to go, every year the fair is better and richer in experiences that will surely delight you!

I’ll wait for you for coffee!


Open: April, 12 to 15

Thursday to Saturday, from 13h to 21h. Sunday, from 11am to 7pm.

Preview: April, 11

Pavilhão da Bienal

Parque Ibirapuera, Portão 3

São Paulo, Brasil

More info: www.sp-arte.com/en/visitors

33rd International Art Biennial of São Paulo

33rd International Art Biennial of São Paulo – Denise Milan

Friends, now it is no longer a secret: I was invited by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to present my work with the stones at the 33rd Biennial of São Paulo – Affective Allegiances, to be held in September, at the Biennial Pavilion, in Ibirapuera Park.

This metaphor that I have been building over the years and that connects the mysteries and enchantments of our planet’s underground with the transformations and changes taking place in each one of us, will be transformed into a facility located on the top floor of the pavilion. When you visit the Biennial, be sure not to miss it.

I don’t even need to say how happy I was with this invitation! For me, it is a unique opportunity to convey the lessons from the origins that I have mined during my life. The 33rd Biennial has a different application of the work that I will share with you here in this space for idea exchange. Come visit! #bienalsp2018 #denisemilan

Photo: Thomas Susemihl

Published in Veja São Paulo Magazine!

It is great to see the work of esteemed people, but it is even better to build the possibility of real changes in the lives of dozens of children and adolescents through art and symbolic experimentation!
Take a look at the report that Veja São Paulo has done on the procession of the Precious Lives of Heliopolis and see why I am bubbling with pride for this whole group!

Preparations for Precious Lives Parede 2017

Every year it is always with the greatest emotion that I join the preparations for the Precious Lives Parede of Heliópolis, part of the art-education project Engage Earth, created from the Opera of Stones, a work that I developed in 2010.

And I never cease to be delighted by the efforts of community leaders and teachers, the enthusiasm of children and the joining of great artists. This joy makes me think about how this performance expresses important life moments for the collective human experience.

This year, the São Paulo Dance Company, with its 32 dancers, will join the Precious Lives Parede 2017. I will be responsible for the general direction, the musical direction by Badi Assad and the Forward the Collective with the support of UNAS of Heliopolis, in addition to the participation of the São Paulo Dance Company, directed by Inês Bogéa and choreographed by Mônica Monteiro.

This year’s procession will fill the streets of Heliópolis with children, young people, lots of music, singing and dancing, to dramatize with the party the connection of humans with Nature. The children’s participation this year includes, in addition to the traditional procession, a closing performance with the presentation of a choir and dance.

The original compositions for the Precious Lives Parede are by Clarice Assad, Badi Assad, Carlinhos Antunes and André Mehmari, made for the Opera of Stones and the parede ends with the hip hop of the Avante o Coletivo, at CEU Professor Arlete Persoli.

Eleven original choreographies were developed by Monica Monteiro for the São Paulo Dance Company (SPCD) which she passed onto to the youth of the community of Heliópolis under the direction of Inês Bogéa.

There were months of rehearsals with the children who will participate in the show along with the company’s 32 ballerinas. In addition to the dance, this year’s performance also includes a choir, directed by the Avante o Coletivo, which will release a new album with the participation of the children, called Vidas Preciosas em Heliópolis (Precious Lives in Heliópolis).

And the children’s costumes, friends!!! How beautiful they turned out!
Check out the photos!

And if you are inspired to live a completely different experience, come and join us:

Route of the Precious Lives Parede 2017
The procession takes place on November 24. It’s departure from CCA Heliópolis, on Coronel Silva Castro Street, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The closing performance, about one hour long, is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm at CEU Proffesor Arlete Persoli.

Precious Lives Parede 2017
Conception and Direction
Denise Milan
Dance Language
São Paulo Dance Company
Direction Inês Bogéa
Mônica Monteiro

Musical Direction
Badi Assad
The Avante Collective
Itinerary / Facilities Coordination
Bruno Augusto dos Santos Ruiz – U-China
Joab Ávila Sampaio – Jota-Be
Vinicius Nespolo Rabello (Xuvisco)
Avante o Coletivo

Choir of the Precious Lives
Heirs of Hip Hop

Assessment Coordination
Rosana Martins
Lucas Rosatelli
Marcus Vinicius Furtado
Stella Quartim Franca

Special Participation
Badi Assad
Privacy Policy
UNAS – União de Núcleos, Association of Residents of Heliópolis and the Region
Album VIDAS PRECIOSAS in Heliópolis

Forward Avante o Coletivo & Denise Milan

Bruno U-China & Xuvisco
(Estrondo Beats)

Ekord Studio

Mixing and Mastering
Estrondo Studio by Xuvisco

São Paulo Dance Company

Chairman of the Board of Directors – Rodolfo Marino Vilella
Vice President – Ricardo Alves de Lima

Chairman of the Audit Committee: Durval Borges Morais

Inês Bogéa
Luca Baldovino | José Galba de Aquino

Rehersal Instructors | Daphne Dias Checker and Milton Coatti
Instructor | Lars Van Cauwnbergh
Dancers | Ammanda Rosa, Ana Paula Camargo, Ana Roberta Teixeira, André Grippi, Beatriz Hack, Bruna Poliana Souza Pereira, Bruno Veloso, Carla Afonso Zarzur, Carolina Paes de Barros, Daniel Reca, Diego de Paula, Gabriel Fernandes, Geivison Moreira, Giovanna Mozart de Souza Silva, Hiago Castro, Isis E Silva Soares, Joca Antunes, Larissa Lins, Letícia Martins, Luan Oliveira, Luciana Davi, Luiza Yuk, Mariana Cortez Carossa, Matheus Queiroz, Michelle Molina, Morgana Cappellari, Mozart Mizuyama, Natalia Queiros de Medeiros, Nielson Souza, Otávio Portela, Paula Alves, Patrich Lorenzetti, Renata Alencar, Thamiris Prata, Vinícius Vieira, Yoshi Suzuki
Pianist | Rosemary Sandri Pavanelli
Rehearsal Assistant | Beatriz Hack
Administrative Assistant | Ana Carolina Florêncio Nogueira

Coordinator | Antonio Magnoler
Technical Coordinator | Luiz Antônio Dias
Producer | André Souza
Sound mixer Rodolfo Paes Dias
Lighting | Nicolas Marchi
Stage Assistant | Espedito Peixoto dos Santos
Housekeeping | Elizabeth Roque

Communication Assistant | Celina Cardoso
Educational Assistant: Patrícia Farhat
Assistant of Education and Communication: Sandra Maria Laudani
Graphic Design | Rafael Alves Silva Ortiz Rojas

Coordinator | Charles Lima
Intern | Gustavo Bernardes

Coordinator | Marcio Tanno
First assistant director Melinda Grienda Sliominas | Morgana Wagner de Lima
Business Analyst | Ana Sarah de Lima
Administrative and Financial Assistants | Carlos Soares | Jeferson de Souza Dias
Administrative Assistant | Ivani Melo
Accounting Assistant | Diego Mendes Martins
IT Assistant | Jonathan dos Santos Correa
Archivist | Danilo Alves Garcia
General Service Support | Neide dos Santos Nery
Apprentice | Isac Santos de Anchieta

Wisdom & Nature Participation

Exhibition that opens our consciousness about the strengths of our Earth.
PHILLPS and Le Ciel Foundation invite you to na opening party and private preview of WISDOM AND NATURE EXHIBITION
Inspired by the beauty of our planet and the wisdom of its people, culminating with a fundraising auction in aid of Le Ciel Foundation in New York this fall.

Wednesday 29 November 2017
PHILLIPS, 450 Park Avenue, New York NY 10022

Viewing dates at PHILLIPS
London, 4 – 8 September 2017
Paris, 18 – 22 September 2017
New York, 27 – 29 November 2017

Drusa Recovery

Great happiness to see Druse, a sculpture in co-authory with Ary Perez, bringing back its colours to São Paulo.

Thanks for all that took care of its restauration, taking care of the beauty of the center of our loved city.


permanent installation
Vale do Anhangabaú, old downtown area
Ary Perez, Co-author
São Paulo
mixed media, painted iron, granite, water in motion, concrete

Meeting: Denise Milan and Carl Fillion

A conversation about the creative process for the play “The Adventures of Agrégora”

Wednesday June, 07 2017 | 19H

On Wednesday June 7th, Denise Milan and the Canadian set designer Carl Fillion will give a talk at the Lume Gallery about “The Adventures of Agrégora”, the artist’s latest work, which reveals her vision of the metaphor of the stone targeted to children’s theater.

Agrégora, the protagonist of “Opera of the Stones” from 2010, appears now alongside other characters in their challenges in the underground world. From magma to quartz, the story recounts the drama of crystal in continuous transformation. The crystal, an element that expresses perfection in nature, serves as a mirror and reflects the aspirations of the human being, allowing for the expansion of his consciousness.

Invited by Denise to direct and create the set design of the piece, Carl Fillon comes to Brazil to research and study the artist’s processes of creation. With extensive experience in set design, having worked with Cirque de Soleil and acclaimed director Robert Lepage, Carl’s vision is fundamentally based on the use of set design as one of the tools to present a story to the audience, creating a poetic and magical artistic environment.



Gumercindo Saraiva Street, 54 | Jardim Europa | São Paulo – Brazil

Launch of the book “Dialogue of Civilizations”

It was in 2013 and I had been invited to speak at the Dialogue of Civilizations event in Beirut, Lebanon. But while I was preparing to go, the war in Syria broke out. My philosopher friends who were organizing the event thought about cancelling. Without fully considering the size of the effort, I decided that the dialogue had to continue. And so, along with Olgária Matos, we hosted the international event in São Paulo, this multicultural and multilingual city (as Haroldo de Campos said in the book Cadumbra!).

Since then, this summit of cultures has borne fruit. The book Dialogue of Civilizations, published by UNIFESP, will be launched on May 25 at the Mario de Andrade Library. Organized by Olgária Matos, Javier Amadeo and I, the book contains the essential reflections of great thinkers such as Edward J. Alam, Gilles Lapouge and Lawrence Sullivan, among many others who are equally poignant and inspiring. It received the support of chancellors from USP and UNIFESP, Maria Arminda and Soraya Smaili and the Municipal Secretary of Culture of São Paulo.

You can join us, it will be at 6:30 pm, at the Mario de Andrade Library, Rua Consolação, 94, Consolação, São Paulo

May the Star of the East shine in the West. Happy to be together on the great journey, that inspires us and can inspire many others.

Brasilis Island at the MAC

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Since 2012, the photographic installation Brasilis Island has been exhibited in the United States, in the context of the exhibition Mist of the Earth. It has journeyed through several institutions, such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Wilson Center and Georgetown University.
And so, now, Brasilis Island will go to MAC SP – Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo, where will be part of a show that gathers the works of 120 national and international artists. It will remain at MAC for 5 years!
I am very proud to participate!
Would you like to go see it?

Exhibition: The MAC USP in the 21st century: the era of artists
Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo
Curator: Katia Canton
Opening: May 20, 2017
Location: 5th floor of MAC USP

Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, 1301 – Ibirapuera Park – São Paulo / SP