Press Release

Ballroom Marfa is proud to present the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of noted Brazilian artist Solange Pessoa. Pessoa has built a significant and internationally recognized body of work over three decades, which spans the mediums of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, and video. The exhibition will include new commissions that respond to the cultural and natural landscape in West Texas, alongside important existing pieces made in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where the artist lives and works.

Yang’s works are known not only for their diversity of media and methods, but also for their eloquent and unique sculptural



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2019

Solange Pessoa, Longilonge

Ballroom Marfa, Marfa (U.S.A.)

15.11.2019 - 19.04.2020




Solange Pessoa, Longilonge, Ballroom Marfa

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The title—Longilonge—refers to an invented word, found in the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Pessoa repurposes this word to evoke a distant space or time, a longing for the unreachable, a sort of mythical place for feelings and memories, a region of temporal textures.

Pessoa’s expressive and telluric art draws inspiration from myriad sources: nature, the Baroque, dreams and the unconscious, Tropicalia, prehistoric cave paintings and carved tools, Land Art, traditional craft, ancestry, Surrealism, and poetry. These and many other references lie under the surface of a fully developed lifework wrought from sustained material investigation, intuitive curiosity, and an acute command of gesture and form.

Altogether five distinct bodies of work will converge for the show at Ballroom—displaying touch-points in the arc of the artist’s career and creating a connective tissue of imagery, ideas, and relationships between two distant places in North and South America.

This exhibition is organized by Ballroom Marfa Director & Curator Laura Copelin.

Exhibition November 15, 2019 - April 19, 2020. Ballroom Marfa, 108 East San Antonio Street - Marfa, TX 79843 (United States).







1] Solange Pessoa, Untitled, from Dionisia series, 2017. [2] Ão-Ão, 2017. [3] Untitled, from Dionisia series, 2017. [4] Ão-Ão, 2017 (detail). [5] Ão-Ão, 2017. [6] Ão-Ão, 2017 (detail). All works courtesy the artist, Blum & Poe and Mendes Wood DM. Photos: Bruno Leão and Josh White