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from 24 FEB 2018 to 28 APR 2018
Ângelo de Sousa (Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, 1938—2011, Porto) is one of the most influential figures in the Portuguese art world of the second half of the twentieth century and is one of the artists with the greatest number of works in the Serralves Collection. These works span the period between 1960 and 2010, and cover all artistic media used throughout his prolific career: drawing, painting, film, sculpture, installation and photography.

‘Ângelo de Sousa: Almost Everything I am Capable Of’ combines a considerable part of these works — including almost all his drawings, paintings and sculptures — and aims to emphasize the importance of the interaction between these disciplines for the evolution of his artistic work. Including around 35 works from various periods of his career, this exhibition will make a definitive contribution to combating the prevailing image that he was primarily a painter. It shows that his sculptures and drawings are also fundamental facets of his work, in which the experimentalist spirit is particularly striking.  

His works are apparently simple — the artist once said that he tried to achieve ‘the maximum effect with the minimum resources, the maximum effectiveness with the minimum effort, and the maximum presence with the minimum screaming’. His drawings, paintings and sculptures do not illustrate concepts, they never begin with ideas, but rather his desire to make and think with his hands. The exhibition underlines the artist’s desire to work with simple elements, and presents his earliest works, still figurative but already revealing the simplified approach that was to characterize his practice, side by side with abstract-geometric exercises — in particular drawings, paintings and sculptures — that established Ângelo de Sousa as one of the utmost explorers of colour and light.

The Estate of Ângelo de Sousa  has kindly contributed to this exhibition with the loan of two works that complete the installation Uma escultura, originally presented in 1972 at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes in Lisbon, and a short film made by the artist and dating from the same year that documents the installation.

‘Angelo de Sousa: Nearly Everything I am Capable Of´ exceptionally includes in this presentation two paintings dating from 1965 that belong to the collection of the Matosinhos Municipal Council.

Production: Fundação de Serralves — Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto 

  • LocationGaleria Municipal de Matosinhos
  • Days 24 FEB 2018 - 28 APR 2018

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