Ricardo Basbaum

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São Paulo, Brazil, 1961.

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Artist, writer and teacher, Ricardo Basbaum investigates art as an intermediary device and a platform for the integration of sensorial experiences, sociability and language. Since the late 1980s, he has created a specific vocabulary to his work, applying it in a particular way for every new project. This vocabulary often manifests itself as drawings, installations, videos and urban interventions. Basbaum is the author of an installation that belongs to the Tate Modern Collection in London and took part of exhibitions inside important institutions, such as: Documenta XII in Kassel, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, the São Paulo’s  Biennial, the Secession in Vienna, among others. He also was a resident artist at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver and has held individual projects at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art (Santiago de Compostela) and at The Showroom (London).


His “Diagram” production (a modality site-specific intervention that sets together words, drawings and instructions) was grouped in the book ‘Diagrams, 1994 - in progress’ (Errant Bodies Press, 2016). Basbaum is also the author of ‘Artist’s Manual-etc’ (Azougue, 2013), ‘Ear of body, ear of group’ (UNC, 2010) and ‘Beyond visual purity’ (Zouk, 2007).


Professor of the Philosophy Department of the Fluminense Federal University, he also worked at the Institute of Arts of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1998-2016) and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago (2013).

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