One of the most important brazilian sculptors, Iole de Freitas makes spatial interventions in large buildings, and its prominence in Documenta Kassel, 2007 in the building Fridericianum Museum. The sculptures are created with wire, fabric, steel, copper and polycarbonate modular.
Her works belong to the collections of MAM / Rio de Janeiro, MAM / London, MAC / Niterói, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte, Contemporary Art Museum, Porto Alegre, and various foundations and museums abroad.
Among several solo and group exhibitions around the world including 9th Biennale de Paris (1975), 15th International Biennial of Sao Paulo (1981); exhibition “Cartographies” (1993), the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Aranjo (Bogotá, Colombia), the Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero (Caracas, Venezuela), the National Gallery (Ottawa, Canada), the Bronx Museum (New York, USA) and La Caixa (Madrid, Spain); Biennial Twentieth Century Brazil (São Paul, 1994), the single “The body of the sculpture: the work of Iole de Freitas,” curated by Paulo Venancio Filho at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo and the Imperial Palace in Rio de Janeiro (1997), Project facilities Museum’s permanent weir, in Rio de Janeiro (1999); individual in Art Centre Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro, 2000), “Iole de Freitas” in Valley Museum (Old Town, 2004), and “Iole de Freitas “at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, 2005), all curated by Sonia Salzstein; 5th Mercosul Biennial (Porto Alegre, 2005).
Iole was invited in 2007 to perform a specific project for Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, in 2008 and presented her work in Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre. In 2009-2010 she exhibited at the Casa França – Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) and the Pinacoteca do Estado (Brazil), and participated in the show “The Shape of Desire” at Akademie der Kunst in Berlin, Germany. ArtRio 2012 featured one of her large scale sculptures in the Solo Projects section.