maria thereza alves


1961 Born in São Paulo, Brazil

Lives and works in Naples (Italy) and Berlin


  • Vera List Prize for Art and Politics, 2018  

Selected Solo Exhibitions  


  • Maria Thereza Alves, Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
  • Seeds of Change: New York – A Botany of Colonization, Parsons -The New School for Design, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New York, NY
  • Seeds of Change: New York -A Botany of Colonization, Michel Rein, Paris, France
  • The Middle Earth. A Mediterranean project by Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham, curated by Nathalie Ergino, IAC – Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône Alpes, France

  • The Flood, Michel Rein, Brussels, Belgium
  • Possible Reversals. (S) Curated by Lara Khaldi. Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine 


  • Centre Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain
  • Why here?, Carico Massimo, Livorno, Italy


  • MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Beyond the Painting / Unrejected Wild Flora, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France


  • Beyond the painting / Maria Thereza Alves / Unrejected Wild Floral, Michel Rein, Paris, France


  • Musée d'Histoire de Nantes- Château des Ducs de Bretagne, France
  • Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden for Bristol, UK


  • Seeds of Change, curated by Claudia Zanfi (aMAZElab, Milan), Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam,
  • Netherlands
  • On the Importance of Words, A Sacred Mountain (stolen), and the Morality of Nations, Escola de Artes
  • Visuais, Lisboa (Lumiar Cité), Lisboa, Portugal
  • Constructed Landscapes, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France


  • What is the Color of a German Rose? / Welche Farbe hat die Deutsche Rose?, curated by Silke Optiz.
  • Kunstsammlung Gera, Orangerie, Gera, Germany
  • Stance and Happenstance, Ursula Walbröl Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany 


  • Seeds of Change: Dunkirk, Musée Portuaire, Dunkirk, France 
  • CEAAC, Strasbourg, France
  • La Chaufferie, Strasbourg, France


  • Galerija Miroslav Kraljevi, Zagreb, Croatia


  • NICC (Nieuw Internationaal Cultureel Centrum), Antwerp, Belgium 


  • Spirit Line, Public Performance, New York, USA


  • 0° 0°°. (S) Pooter Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium


  • The Central Space Gallery, London, UK


  • Chico Mendes, Los Anti-Héroes Y La Ley De Gravedad. Cultural Institute of Brazil, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Post-Eldorado Amazon, Casa del Lago, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City 


  • Jardin Borda (Instituto de Cultura des Estado de Morelos), Cuernavaca, Mexico

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Manifesta 12 Palermo, Palermo, Italy
  • Floraphilia. Plants as Archive. Curated by Aneta Rostkowska. Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne
  • Agora (High Line Art New York) (Group) Various locations on the High Line, New York, NY
  • Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald – Disappearing Legacies, The World as Forest. (cur. Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin), Centrum für Naturkunde, Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness, OCA (Office for Contemporary Art) Oslo, Norway
  • BRAZIL. Knife in the Flesh, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea Milan, Italy
  • No Man's Library / La Biblioteca di Tutti, Ex Biblioteca Universitaria, Sassari
  • The Middle Earth. Mediterranean project by Maria Thereza Alves & Jimmie Durham (S) Curated by Nathalie Ergino. IAC – Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône Alpes, France


  • 4.543 billion. The matter of matter, (cur. Latitudes - Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna). CAPC / Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France
  • Carry Forward, (curated by Lisa Myers Kitchener), Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • 32° Biennial de São Paolo , São Paolo, Brazil
  • Frestas Trienal 2017: Entre Pós-Verdades e Acontecimentos / Between Post-truths and Events, (cur. Daniela Labra), Sorocaba, São Paulo State, Brasil
  • Sharjah Biennale, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
  • Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica, (curated by Massimo Osanna & Andrea Viliani), MADRE, Naples, Italy
  • Otium – Corruption and the Dash, (curated by Raffaela Naldi Rossano), Residency 80121, Naples, Italy
  • JERUSALEM LIVES (Tahya Al Quds), (cur. Reem Fadda & ass. cur. Yara Abbas and Fawz Kabra), The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
  • Reframing Worlds - Mobilität und Gender aus postkolonial, feministischer Perspektive, (curated by Antje Weitzel), Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
  • Il Frammento Come Strumento. Per un’archeologia dell'effimero / Fragments as a tool. Towards an archaeology of the ephemeral, curated by Lorenzo Bruni. Galleria Astuni, Bologna, Italy
  • Survival Kit 9. Becoming an Apricot, an Apple, a Crow, a Tree, a Cockroach, a Glacier, a Plant, a Mushroom, a Shell, a Bird, Algae, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Latvian
  • Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj, Sharjah
  • Slow Violence: Tracing the Anthropocene History. (Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Parlament der Pflanzen, daad Galerie, Berlin
  • Decolonizing Nature, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, USA
  • Resistance After Nature, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Harverford College, Haverford, Philadelphia, USA
  • Um Piano na Selva (A Piano in the Jungle), Galeria Periscópio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • South-South: Let Me Begin Again, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 30th Anniversary Alfonso Artiaco Gallery, Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples
  • Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna, Austria
  • Geir Tore Holm, Skiptvet, Norway 
  • The Video Art Collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein at Nordstern Video Art Center, Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen 2016
  • RéSUMé, Associazione Culturale Carico Massimo, Livorno 2016
  • Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro 2016


  • How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia. 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Paço das Arte, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco


  • Rua dos Bandeirantes, São Paulo, Brazil 
  • Museo Madre, Naples, Italy
  • Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China 
  • Centre d'art contemporaine, Chamrande, France
  • Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland 
  • Extinction Marathon, organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Serpentine Gallery, London, UK 
  • 8th Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany


  • MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo, Spain
  • Mahr Licht, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
  • Le Misée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille (MAC), Marseille, France
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh, Scotland


  • The Return of a Lake at documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
  • Tapei Biennale, Taiwan
  • Forte Piano: Le forme del suono, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma, Rome, Italy
  • Intense Proximité: La triennale, Paris, France
  • Centre de la Image, Barcelona, Spain


  • Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • Garden Marathon, organized by Hans Ulirich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
  • Centre Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Plug In - Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


  • John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
  • Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
  • 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Swiss Cultural Institute, Rome and Kunsthalle Basel 
  • Da sopra, giù nel fossato. (G) Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva. Castello Svevo, Bari, Italy


  • Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
  • American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • Gasworks, London, UK


  • ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany 
  • 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, Guangzhou, China
  • Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy
  • Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
  • A Stake in the Mud, A Hole in the Reel. Land Art’s Expanded Field: 1968–2008, Museo Tamayo, Mexico
  • City, Mexico
  • Prague Biennale 2008, Prague, Czech Republic


  • Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK
  • Portraits., Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France 


  • Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
  • Public Art. A Jubilee Exhibition: Public Art in Lower Austria – 10 Years of the Law for the Promotion of Culture. St. Poelten, Austria 
  • Pac - Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


  • Charlottenborgs Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark 
  • Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
  • The American West, curated by Jimmie Durham and Richard William Hill. Compton Verney, Warwickshire UK
  • Chechnya and Palais Tokyo, Paris, France
  • Nikolaj – Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark


  • NGBK, Berlin, Germany
  • Hortus. Botany and Empire / Seeds of Change: Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, UK


  • Art Space, Sydney, Australia 
  • Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice, Italy


  • Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
  • Tornitz / Werkleitz, Germany 


  • Markers (Banner event in Venice), 49° Venice Biennial, Italy


  • Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
  • The International Artists' Museum, Bydgoszcz (Bromberg), Poland
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 


  • Marres – Centre For Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Kunstcentrum, Sittard, Netherlands 


  • Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Strasse, Munich, Germany


  • Les Ateliers d'Artistes de la Ville de Marseille (Office de la Culture de Marseille), Marseilles, France
  • Interface M.M.M., Marseille, France 


  • Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria


  • Boxx, Brussels, Belgium 
  • Beurs Schouwburg, Brussels, Belgium


  • The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA


  • Edge Bienale 92, Madrid and London
  • Museo de Monterrey, Mexico


  • Savage (Duo with Jimmie Durham) Museum Van Hedendaasge Kunst, Gent, Belgium


  • Bronx Council on the Arts, New York, USA
  • Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
  • La Estación Gallery, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Centro Cultural Universitario, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico


  • 2nd Bienale de la Habana, Museo National de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
  • Minor Injury Gallery, New York, USA


  • Kenkeleba House Gallery, New York, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, USA
  • The Houghton Gallery (Cooper Union), New York, USA


  •  Museo Nacional de Belas Artes (Sala Bernadelli), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Pinnacle Gallery, Rochester, New York, USA


  • Group Material presents: !Luchar! An Exhibition for the People of Central America, (The Latin American Workshop Inc.), New York, USA

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