Welcome to Cristina Guerra Newsletter December 2016.



Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal


Closing 4 January

Erwin Wurm (Bruck an der Mur, Austria, 1954) will present the exhibition Bad Thoughts at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art gallery. Including works from different series created in the last few years, this exhibition will give special emphasis to the patinated bronze sculptures from the homonymous series, one of Wurm's most recent works.
In Wurm's body of work, one can recognize a close connection to the collective repository of images, to the everyday contemporary life that, under different guises of a social imaginary ideal expanded, continuously reinterpreting itself in a voracious way, simultaneously surviving itself through the re-appropriation of its clichés that society absorbs, idolizes and transforms. Erwin Wurm acts in a field of possibilities, as vast as the proliferation of objects, lifestyles, brands, costumes and different human psychological moods, subverting the models that stratify and define our social, economic and cultural reality.
Being confronted with Erwin Wurm's work, we are compelled to question contemporary societies and the hypothetical veracity imposed by their models. (...)".
João Silvério
(extract of text: Erwin Wurm: Bad Thoughts, November 2016)


Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal


Opening 12 January 2017

The next exhibition at Cristina Guerra Gallery will be ´Rasgo' by André Cepeda, a Portuguese photographer born in Coimbra, in 1976. Currently, Cepeda lives in Porto, Portugal.
In 2012 he was an artist in residence at the FAAP, São Paulo, as the recipient of a scholarship granted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Cepeda was shortlisted for the Paul Huf Award, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2011); Prémio BESPhoto, Lisbon (2010); and the EDP Foundation New Artists Prize, Lisbon (2007). Cepeda has been showing his work regularly, in Portugal and abroad, since 1999.
He has since then made multiple artist residencies and received many commissions, among which stand out the 2010 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, EDP Foundation (2014) and the Fundação de Serralves (2014).
In 2016 he was an artist in residency at the Residency Unlimited, in Brooklyn NY, in the context of the partnership Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar / EGEAC and Residency Unlimited, NY.


Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, Miami, USA


1 - 4 December

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its participation at Art Basel Maimi Beach 2016.
This year's 15th edition of the fair takes place on December 1 through December 4.
CRISTINA GUERRA will be located in STAND J8 (HALL B).
We will be showing more than one work by several of our artists. We look forward to welcoming you at our stand.

Passeio da Praia (Matosinhos), Porto, Portugal

'Os Gêmeos'

2 December | 4pm

Curator: Miguel von Hafe Pérez
'Two Twins, an artist and many other questions'. (...) The two busts are placed on differentiated structures. The figure of José is placed on informal but telluric pallets while that of Manuel is placed on showcase-plinth. The artist thereby assertively indicates two putatively different personality traits: one has a more restrained and down-to-earth character, based on calculated pragmatism, whereas the other has a more classic character, in the sense of exaggerated romanticism, and is befittingly placed on the most enduring viewing structures of art history: the plinth and the showcase.
Desacralized, these busts will remain in the collective memory as examples of a supreme sense of proximity that we want to be repeatable, rethought and remembered.
What more can one ask from a monument?'.
Miguel von Hafe Pérez

Galerie Nationale Jeu de Paume, Paris, Portugal

"Le peuple et la montagne"

10 December | 5pm

Curator: Tobias Heiring

The National Galerie Jeu de Paume presents a performative lecture by Filipa César around her project 'Luta ca caba inda' (The fight that is not over), in collaboration with Tobias Hering, curator of the exhibition.
Taking the example of the terrible conservation state of the cinematographic archives of Guine-Bissau, Filipa César presents a reflection on the complex process of exhumation and edition between fact and fiction, personal narrative and collaboration, of these archives.
Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal

Som, 14'12''

Closing 15 December


Curator: Ana Cristina Cachola

"Carlos Paredes' first album of his own compositions, released in 1967, was called Guitarra Portuguesa (...).
From the outset, the scope of Onofre's investigation has encompassed reflection on utterances (...) that overlap constitutively and, sometimes, unnecessarily, and the work Untitled (2016) is set within this critical terrain. Over the 14 minutes and 12 seconds it lasts, we hear Carlos Paredes's respiratory activity on the five studio albums of his own compositions (...). Onofre's (de)composition arranges Paredes' breathing at the time of recording in chronological sequence, in a continuation of the artist's ongoing investigation into the elasticity of sensible and sensory structures. (...)
Firstly, what is revealed is the registering of the respiratory act and - indeed - all of its banality. Secondly, it is breathing that governs João Onofre's (de)composition, stripping the musical chords of their performative primacy. (...)
The apparent oppositions between the visible and the invisible, the transcendent and the immanent, life and death, are evoked, in his work, in a field of expanded possibilities (...)".
Ana Cristina Cachola
 (extract of Press Release​: João Onofre at Appleton Square, November 2016)
Nordsternturm Videozentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

A Sense of History

Closing 18 December

Curators: Marius Babias, Kathrin Becker

The Neue Beliner Kunstverein recorded since 2012 the North Star video art centre in the listed Nordstern Tower in Gelsenkirchen. NBK Video Forum is one of the oldest and largest video art collections in Germany, with more than 1.600 works. The Videozentrum occupies five stories of the Nordsternturm building. Each year the video centre alternates exhibitions of international video art from the NBK Video Forum collection. This exhibition "A Sense of History" shows video installations and film works by thirty artists.
The exhibition presents works that alternate narratives to common history and present, including historical events and personal experiences. Already in Video Art early days, it's major role was making use of foreign material in a new context. This exhibition also highlights the fundamental critical approach that Video Art has, through the veracity of its images as well as to the hegemony apparatuses of the mass media.
From the featured artists, we highlight the participation of Filipa César (b. 1975) with the video 'Embassy', 2011 (ref. image).
Schloss Kummerow, Berlin, Germany

Photographic Collection

Closing 31 December

"All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it". _ John Berger

In the Schloss Kummerow Photographic collection there are more than 2.000 photographs of the Torsten Kunert's Collection. The collection is on display in dialogue with the intentionally preserved traces of the past on the newly restored palace with its history.
This leading private photography collection in Germany will be the foundation for the Schloss Kummerow programme, creating a dynamic between permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The focus of this collection is from the Second World War period, Post-War and Contemporary Art. The collection is constantly being expanded. Originals from internationally known artists have been acquired since the 1990s and are being presented for the first time in this exhibition at the Kummerow Castle.
Among the artists featured in this exhibition, we highlight Sabine Hornig's participation. Other artists included are Candida Hofer, Helmut Newton, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and may others.
MAM, São Paulo, Brazil

O Útero do Mundo

Closing 31 December

Curator: Veronica Stigger

The ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo 'O Útero do Mundo', curated by Veronica Stigger, presents a selection of 120 artists from this museum collection.
A total of 280 works reflecting the indomitability and metamorphosis of the body were selected from the universe of the MAM Collection with over 5.000 pieces.
Focusing on the 'indomitable body', repressed by humanity, the exhibition presents a 'praise to folly', manifested in pieces which illustrate its several faces, expressed through bodily expressions like loss of control, hysteria and impulsiveness.
Among the selected artists we highlight Rosângela Rennó's participation. The exhibition assembles works from several Brazilian artists, from different generations, such as Cildo Meireles and Mira Schendel.

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