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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Brazil

  • Exhibited

    Cildo Meireles: London, Tate Modern, 12 October 2008 – 11 January 2009; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 11 February – 3 May 2009; Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 7 June – 27 September 2009; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 22 November 2009 – 7 February 2010; Art Gallery of Ontario, 27 March – 27 June 2010 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Cildo Meireles, exh. cat., Tate Modern, London, 2009, p. 78 (illustrated in colour; another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Zero Cruzeiro and Zero Centavo were born together, from a note I composed in 1974. They were born from the action of thinking about that pile of banknotes [Money Tree]. It was a rare thing, but when I had the occasion to contemplate asmall pile, it was as if the work were forming itself in front of me and disappearing, because I had to buy lunch and, therefore, at that exact moment the sculpture would evaporate. The work possessed that flexibility, that universality where you could mount it anywhere, in any context.”
    (The artist, in Cildo Meireles, exh. cat., Tate Modern, London, 2009, p. 78)

  • Artist Biography

    Cildo Meireles

    Brazilian • 1948

    At the core of Cildo Meireles' conceptual artistic practice is an interest in the functions of economic and political systems. Meireles forms part of the younger generation of Brazilian Neo-Concrete artists who were chiefly concerned with integrating spectator participation in the execution of their artworks, provoking the viewer's sensorial awareness.

    In his seminal series, Insertion In Ideological Circuits 2: Banknote Project (1970), Meireles printed politically subversive messages on American and Brazilian banknotes and sent them into circulation. This vandalism forced viewers to confront the reality of their political and economic systems and question their role and participation within said systems. This one series is emblematic of his larger body of work, which continues to intrigue and confound viewers today.

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Zero Centavos

1978
Velvet box and metal coin.
Box: 7 × 7 × 7 cm (2 3/4 × 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in).

Estimate
£3,000 - 4,000 ‡ ♠

BRIC

14 - 15 April 2011
London