February 11, 2015 - Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art - Spring 2015 exhibitions
February 11, 2015

Spring 2015 exhibitions

Monika Sosnowska, Maquetes (Models), 2007–14. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: © Marcelina Sosnowska.

Monika Sosnowska
Architectonisation ​
20 February–31 May 2015 

Opening: 27 February, 10pm 

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Rua D. João de Castro, 210
4150-417 Porto

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The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents a major survey of the sculptural works of Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Poznan, Poland). This is the first exhibition in Portugal devoted to the artist’s work and reflects the Museum’s commitment to artists whose work can respond to the unique context of Serralves. 

Architectonisation has been conceived in dialogue with the architecture of the Serralves Museum designed by Álvaro Siza. Presented over seven of its largest galleries, the Museum atrium and the exterior Pátio da Adelina in a progression of installations and objects made between 2003 and the present, the exhibition reveals in breathtaking form the elaboration of an artist who thinks sculpture. Among the works included are early corridor and pavilion structures that create alternative spatial routes that rely on the viewer’s movement through them, free-standing sculptures and sculptural interventions that allude to collapse and the fragment, and large-scale wrought iron works composed of structural elements for buildings on a scale of one to one, that are melded into suspended, draped and shifting forms in space to monumental effect. Smaller-scaled spatial propositions, both abstract and functional, reveal Sosnowska’s attention to the details of materials and forms as both investigative and deeply human. 

 A fully illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition features essays by the curator of the exhibition, Suzanne Cotter, and Gabriela Świtek, Professor at the Art History Institute, Warsaw University.

Also on view: 

Oskar Hansen: Open Form 
30 January–3 May 2015
Devoted to the practice of Polish architect, urban planner, theorist and pedagogue Oskar Hansen(Helsinki, 1922–Warsaw, 2005), this exhibition traces the evolution of his theory of Open Form from its origins in his own architectural projects through its application in film, visual games and performance art by other artists. 

The exhibition is curated by Aleksandra Kędziorek and Łukasz Ronduda and organized by the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona (MACBA), in association with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto. 

Can the museum be a garden?
Works from the Serralves Collection 
6 February–13 September 2015 

Vasco Araújo, Richard Artschwager, Herbert Brandl, Stanley Brouwn, Fernando Calhau, Alberto Carneiro, Lourdes Castro, Rui Chafes, Luisa Cunha, Charles Darwin, Jan Dibbets, Fischli & Weiss, Simone Forti, Hamish Fulton, Mario Garcia Torres, Hans Haacke, Jasper Johns, Ana Jotta, Raoul De Keyser, Anselm Kiefer, Fernando Lanhas, Álvaro Lapa, Louise Lawler, Miguel Leal, Ree Morton, Juan Muñoz, Lucia Nogueira, Luís Noronha da Costa, Lygia Pape, Sigmar Polke, João Queiroz, Dieter Roth, Robert Smithson, Ângelo de Sousa, Paul Thek, Richard Tuttle 

Can the museum be a garden? engages conceptual and historical relations between the garden and the museum. In relating the exterior space of the garden with the interior space of the museum, the exhibition also draws on the unique setting of the landscape designed by Jacques Gréber, and the architecture of the Serralves Museum itself, conceived by Álvaro Siza. Can the museum be a garden? addresses the museum as a place for wandering and wondering, charting new paths through its spaces, and the act of walking as an aesthetic and contemplative practice. 

Contemporary Projects 
Salomé Lamas: Parafiction
20 February–3 May 2015

The work of researcher and filmmaker Salomé Lamas (Lisbon, 1987) dissolves the border between documentary and fiction. With an interest in the relationship between storytelling, memory and history, Lamas uses the moving image to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable or historically invisible, from the horrors of colonial violence to the landscapes of global capital.  The exhibition at Serralves premieres a new work, Mount Ananea (5853) (2015), and two recent films: Terra de Ninguém (No Man’s Land) (2012) and Teatrum Orbis Terrarum (2013).



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