Welcome to Cristina Guerra Newsletter May 2018.

Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal


I Am the Cosmos

Opening 12 April 10 pm

"Cosmic Imagination

The works that integrate I Am the Cosmos follow a series of works Rui Toscano started 10 years ago and that had a moment of more visibility with the exhibition Civilization Type I, II and III at the Chiado's Museum of Contemporary Art and International Art Centre José de Guimarães, in 2016. With these works, the artist continues an investigation motivated by the perception of space and time, and correlated articulations with the experience of imagination, taking as starting point issues related to space exploration, frequently in dialogue with images of figures and architectures of ancient civilizations. The artist summons ways and visions that man have been building in relation to the cosmos, simultaneously exploring formal, metaphysical and symbolic relations among references from an afar and hidden past and a preview of the future symbolized by space exploration. (...)."

Sérgio Mah
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Artist's Books _ The Collection

Until 2 April

Curator: Dr. Petra Roettig and Andrea Joosten (Director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle Library)

"Artists’ books tell stories or take the form of manifestos, archives or political proclamations. Programmatic, narrative, playful, or even appalling, they break with traditional book design to open new creative spaces. Discovered by conceptual artists and the Fluxus movement as an open and versatile medium, the artists’ book has carved out a space for itself since the 1960s as an independent art genre. (...)"

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of John Baldessari, Robert Barry and Lawrence Weiner.

Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal


Opening 7 April | 6 pm

Curator: Delfim Sardo

"Julião Sarmento's work not only includes drawing, but it's all of it guided by the drawing practice. Not because the artist has notepads and notepads with sketches and projects as it happens with several artists, but because of the works, in their most diverse mediums, from film to photography, to painting and performance, follow up a continuous graphics process in which a variety of visual signs  - including text - recursively arise. (...)"

Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico

Learning to Read with John Baldessari

Until 8 April

Curator: Kit Hammonds

"The exhibition draws on the artist’s practice of addressing pedagogic themes of instruction, the class, and judgment that appear in his work from the 1960s to the present. The dichotomy between learning and unlearning in Baldessari’s own playful and idiosyncratic method is revealed through this survey of his work, hung from A-Z – a subverted didactic that displays the tension between text and image. (...)"

Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

The Feeling of Things

Opening 11 April 7 pm

Curator: Roberta Tenconi 

"The Feeling of Things” is the most extensive exhibition in Italy by Matt Mullican (born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California) and his major retrospective ever.

In a continuous attempt to explain and structure what is around him, Mullican has been working since the early 1970s to develop a complex system of models and vocabulary that he calls the “five worlds,” corresponding to different levels of perception and represented by five colors: green for physical, material elements; blue for everyday life (the “world unframed”); yellow where objects become valuable, as in art (the “world framed”); black and white for language and symbols; and red for subjectivity and ideas."

FRAC Normandie, Rouen, France

Résonance - part 2

Opening 13 April | 6.30pm

Curator: Véronique Souben (Frac Director), Joanne Snrech and Diederick Bakhuys (Réunion des Musées Métropolitains), Coralie Dupinet (assistant Frac)

"This exhibition specifically highlights the ambiguity of the relationship between art and science an issue that in these last years has returned to the FRAC collection in a delicate way. At the ground-floor level, the body is questioned through the mask and the problematic of the body/object and its double. The exhibition continues with the theme of the architectural space, of its misappropriation by artists, highlighting the studio as both a utopian space and a laboratory. It follows entirely dedicated to nature, to its representation question, to its cartography in an almost scientific approach close to archeology, and to its ethnology on the sociology sight.(...)" 

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of Diogo Pimentão.

Tabacalera, Madrid, Spain

Escala 1:1

Until 15 April 

Curator: Verónica de Mello 

"ESCALA 1:1 [Scale 1:1] reflects on several themes of the triangular relationship between body, space and work. The scale positions us before reality, indicates that the body is the fundamental piece for the reading of space, it appears as an activator, and the understanding of what surrounds us becomes clearer by the introduction of human presence." 

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of André Cepeda, João Onofre and Julião Sarmento.

Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium


Opening 18 April | 6 pm 

Curator: Dirk Snauwaert

"The exhibition focuses, through a selection of historical and museum-quality works of the 80s and 90s from private Belgian collections, on the value of a work of art. As a preamble to the 1989 global shift, artists in the United States and Europe worked on the separation and distinction of different forms and interpretations of value, where the logic of production and consumption asserted that could be reduced to market value." 

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of Matt Mullican and Julião Sarmento.

Hyundai Card Storage, Seoul, South Korea

One Minute Forever

Opening 18 April | 6 pm 

This exhibition is Erwin Wurm's first solo show at Hyundai Card Storage in Itaewon, central Seoul. Co-organized by Hyundai Card and Tate, the show displays more than 70 of Wurm's artworks, including his representative "One Minute Sculpture" series that was shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Also on display are 48 photographs, two sculptures and one video from the Tate collection.

MACNA, Chaves, Portugal

Mesa dos Sonhos: Duas Colecções de Arte Contemporânea

Opening 19 April | 6 pm 

Curadoria: João Silvério

"Table of Dreams: Two Contemporary Art Collections’ features approximately 30 works from the Serralves Collection and from the Collection of the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), long-term loan to Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea. The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem by Alexandre O’Neill, an acclaimed poet and visual artist. ‘Table of Dreams’ is based on the table as both a metaphor and a source of living experience — a place of encounters, confrontations, communion, relaxation, and a social space, whether in the intimacy of the home or in an open and shared public space. (...)".

MACE, Elvas, Portugal

The pull of a well-placed comma

Works from António Cachola Collection, Armando e Maria João Cabral Collection and José Carlos Santana Pinto Collection.

Opening 21 April 

Curator: João Mourão, Luís Silva 

"The exhibition The pull of a well-placed comma articulates itself around the notion of the complexity of using a comma, and on its capacity to influence in a determining way the sense of a text. Starting from three private collections, António Cachola Collection, Armando and Maria João Cabral Collection and José Carlos Santana Pinto Collection, the structure of the exhibition is assumed as a visual metaphor of a text, build from non-hierarchical sequences of sentences which elements are the works of art presented. (...)"

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of John Baldessari, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, and Lawrence Weiner.

Kunstlerhaus Graz, Graz, Austria


The Remains of Cinema

Until 22 April 

Curator: Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Sandro Droschl

"Crossing genres and generations, this exhibition contrasts historical and contemporary artistic positions with selected examples of historical films, in order to trace the impact and resonance of cinema on art and “cultural memory.” Without a doubt, the enormous social relevance of film—the leading medium of the twentieth century—belongs to the past. Today, cinema is just one of many types of pop cultural entertainment, just a continuous flow in a chain of synchronized market segments." 

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of John Baldessari.

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland


Cupboard Love

Until 22 April 

Curator: Susanna Kumschick, Co-Director Gewerbemuseum/Curator

"Indispensable as they are, we often wish we could do without them. Whether seen as status symbols or disagreeable necessities, cupboards are useful pieces of furniture with a huge variety of shapes and functions. They are places for storing, safeguarding and arranging not only things but also knowledge, memories and secrets.

"Cupboard Love" places these bulky objects in the spotlight and illuminates them from the perspectives of design, contemporary art, film and cultural history.." 

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of Erwin Wurm.

IMS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Rio Utópico

Until 22 April 

Curator: Thyago Nogueira 

"This exhibition by the artist Rosângela Rennó brings together photographs, maps and data from more than 50 locations in Rio de Janeiro, selected because their names suggest some utopian or ideal situation. The artist also invites everyone to contribute photos of these places, which will be added to the walls while the show is on display.(...)"

Portuguese Cultural Centre, Luanda, Angola


Portuguese-Speaking Authors 
in the PLMJ Foundation Collection

Until 24 April 

Curator: João Silvério

"The exhibition “Portuguese-Speaking Authors in the PLMJ Foundation Collection – Vol. II” is the second step of a programme started in 2016, in the city of Maputo (Mozambique) on the occasion of the 11th Foundations Meeting at the CPLP, where a group show was presented with works from artists of several countries that integrate the Community of Countries of Portuguese Language, with specific focus in those that have a close relationship with the hosting country. 

According to João Silvério curator of both exhibitions, Vol I in Maputo (2016) and Vol II in Luanda (2018), “the show frames a presentation of works by artists representing a post-colonial generation that build their work under the sign of liberation, that suffered transformations by the new independent societies, as new nations, facing the challenge of freedom and democracy, in a global context, when globalization become a reality throughout all society layers, social classes and the most diverse economic fields." (...)"

CAMeC, La Spezia, Italy


Small Size & Vitamine
small works from the CAMeC collection

Until 29 April 

Curator: Eleonora Acerbi, Cristiana Maucci

"The exhibition intends to give prestige to small great work. In particular, in the funds acquired through the legacy (Cozzani and Battolini), a salient feature of the collecting passion emerges: the desire to possess many numbers and great names of art, to be enjoyed in the intimacy of one's own home, to be placed side by side and put in dialogue among them, to be manipulated often and treated with a careful look. (...)

Among the selected artists, we highlight the participation of Robert Barry.