The "Sports in Art/Speed & Motion" exhibition, the fifth installment of BB Americas Cultural Series, opens today in Brickell. Racecar driver Helio Castroneves and some of the featured artists will attend the premiere of the exhibition, which will be on view through January 29 next year.
The 22-time IndyCar winner and former Dancing With the Stars champ will be on hand for the grand opening at the Banco do Brasil Brickell branch, where art featuring works by Rod Davila, Jotape, Sami Akl, and Soco Freire will be on display. The pieces will have one common thread: They are all inspired by sports, speed, and motion.
One man who is definitely in touch with all of those elements is Castroneves, so he jumped at the chance to participate in the event.
“It is an honor to be part of this great event where art and sports take the same turn," Castroneves says. When Rod contacted me saying that he would like to make a sculpture inspired by my career, I was very excited. I love what I do, and to have someone like Rod to capture my passion is unique. I am sure everyone will be amazed by the works that these artists put together.”
Helio Castroneves by Sami Akl
The Brazilian bank set out to promote local artists and community diversity almost three decades ago, creating the CCBBs, Cultural Centers in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo. The CCBBs has since featured 3,500 projects, 12,000 events, and welcomed over 60 million visitors in Brazil. The Cultural Series in Miami is an initiative of BB Americas.
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“We started the cultural series as a way to continue the bank’s cultural mission to support artists and to participate in the community growth," says Antonio Cassio Segura, President and CEO of BB Americas.
Tonight's opening reception, featuring an appearance by Castroneves himself, is planned to run from 6-9 p.m. and feature the unveiling of many works of art accompanied by the artist themselves.
Sports in Art/Speed and Motion
Opening reception, Monday, November 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.The exhibition is located at 800 Brickell Avenue, Suite 103, in Miami. On view Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; visit bbamericas.com.