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MONIKA SOSNOWSKA: ARCHITECTONISATION
from 20 FEB 2015 to 31 MAY 2015
The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents a major survey of the sculptural works of Monika Sosnowska (Ryki, Poland, 1972). 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 until 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. 

‘Monika Sosnowska: Architectonisation’ is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. 


Image: Models, 2007-14. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: © Marcelina Sosnowska

Related Activities
OPENING EVENT

27 FEB, 22h00-24h00, FREE ENTRANCE
A short concert by the Acre trio (Filipe Felizardo, Gabriel Ferrandini and Pedro Sousa) will take place at 11 p.m.

ACRE is formed by Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and percussion, Pedro Sousa on saxophone, and Filipe Felizardo on the electric guitar. The trio was formed in 2011. It never aimed to be an ad-hoc project. With three singular itineraries across the Lisbon and European music scene (Ferrandini in Motion and RED Trio's, Pedro Sousa in Canzana and EITR, and Filipe Felizardo as a solo performer), the three musicians share the same passion for unspeakable violent improvised music and debris-free rock. Although they’ve only rarely given performances, the band’s manifesto defends a raw sculptural attitude, both in terms of their united timbres and their discourses, focused on the narrative of the concert. 

GUIDED TOURS AND TALKS

19 FEB (THU), 15H30, MUSEUM GALLERIES  
Guided tour for Members by Marta Almeida

28 FEB (SAT), 16H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Conversation with the artist Monika Sosnowska and Suzanne Cotter.
Capacity: 40
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

22 MAR (SUN), 12H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided Tour to the exhibition by Rita Faustino, educator of the Serralves Museum. 
Capacity: 30 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

11 APR (SAT), 17H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided Tour to the exhibition by Rute Rosas, Sculptor, sculpture professor at Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto.
Capacity: 40 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

25 APR (SAT), 17H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided Tour to the exhibition by Luís Silva, Curator and codiretor of Kunsthalle Lissabon.
Capacity: 40
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

03 MAY (SUN), 12H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided Tour to the exhibition by Rita Faustino, educator of the Serralves Museum. 
Capacity: 30
Access: free

09 MAY (SAT), 17h00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided Tour to the exhibition by Ana Tostões, Architect and President of Docomomo Internacional.
Capacity: 40
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

21 MAY (THU), 21h00
Readings in the Museum, a partnership with "Reading in the Monastery", Teatro Nacional de São João, Porto. 
Capacity: 60 

WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES

01 MAR (SUN), 10h00-13h00, EDUCATIONAL SERVICE ROOM
WACKY SCALE MODEL  
Leaning walls, skewed doors, slanted ceilings and endless corridors ... Through the sculptural work of the artist Monika Sosnowska we will imagine what it would be like to experience the feeling of going through strange sites. Shall we build an absurd scale model with our family?  
Coordination: Rita Faustino 
Access: continuous operation, free entry and participation 
Location: Educational Service’s Room (Museum)  

11 APR (SAT), 15H00–17H00, EDUCATIONAL SERVICE ROOM
TWIST, RETWIST AND DESTROY! 
Workshop by Rita Faustino, Educator of Serralves Museum.
Pull here, fold there and stretch over there ... et voila: we have a sculpture! Then we just need to find an unexpected place to put it! The twisted stairs, dented façades and shrunken structures of the artist Monika Sosnowska will be the starting point for this workshop, in which we will build colourful twisted sculptures!
Access: € 5 / family (maximum of 3 persons: 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children) or free subject to presentation of a ticket to the Museum and Park 
Max. no. of participants: 30 persons (adults + children)

03 MAY (SUN), 10h00-13h00, Educational Service Room (Museum)
ROCKING CONSTRUCTIONS 
Commencing with the idea of the mobile sculpture, Rocking constructions we will attempt to communicate with the exhibitions on display in Serralves. Piece by piece we will build a light and flexible structure with our family, whose size can be increased or decreased. By cutting and folding we will transform sheets of paper into fantastic suspended constructions.
Coordination: Joana Nascimento, Sofia Santos 
Access: continuous operation, free entry and participation 


Monika Sosnowska was born in Poland in 1972. Though Sosnowska trained primarily as a painter at the Art Academy in Poznan, she gradually moved away from that medium during post-graduate study at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 1999–2000. She was the Resident Artist at S-AIR, Sapporo, Japan (2002) and in Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2004). In 2003 Sosnowska was awarded the prestigious Baloise Art Prize in Basel, Switzerland, as well as the Polityka’s Passport award given by Poland’s most influential weekly newspaper. Sosnowska represented Poland at the Venice Biennale in 2007, curated by Sebastian Cichocki, where she presented her work 1:1. She was also present in the 2011 edition with Antechamber, curated by Bice Curiger. In 2012 she created the outdoor installation Fir Tree for the Public Art Fund in New York. 
Sosnowska has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2003); the Freud Museum, Vienna (2005); MUSAC, León, Spain (2006); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico (2011); and both in 2013 in the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and the Australian Center for Contemporary Art. 

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  • LocationSerralves Museum
  • Days 20 FEB 2015 - 31 MAY 2015

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