Luisa Strina

Venerable Brazilian gallerist, with her own art fair

Things are ticking over steadily at Strina’s gallery with shows for Federico Herrero, Marcellvs L. and Nicolás Paris this year. As has become tradition, the Paulistana gallerist tapped a name curator for the annual group exhibition: Magalí Arriola, former chief curator of Fundación Jumex and Museo Tamayo, brought together works by David Medalla, Cildo Meireles, Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Huyghe and Laura Lima, among others, to consider ‘daydreams and uncanny nightmares’. That Strina can pull on art historical bigwigs for a group show is testament to the power underpinning the operation: you don’t spend 44 years in business – building the careers of Meireles, Anna Maria Maiolino and Lygia Pape among others – without amassing art of your own that can, in turn, be loaned. Yet Strina is not resting on her laurels: the art fair she opened with Thiago Gomide last year, Semana de Arte, took on a new venue this year – the Oscar Niemeyer-designed pavilion in Parque Ibirapuera – and an expanded exhibitor list.