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THE SERRALVES COLLECTION IN THE PORTO AIRPORT: MIGUEL PALMA
from 30 OCT 2017 to 21 JAN 2018
Engenho strides the boundary between a useless object and a functional engine. With its ambiguous appearance, at once reminiscent of futuristic vehicles and amateur contraptions, this iron chassis, aluminium body and automobile mechanics vehicle has been mistaken for a true car by traffic police, earning its author a parking ticket.

Divided between sculpture and installation, the work of Miguel Palma (Lisbon, 1964) questions notions of progress and technological development. The artist’s universe alludes to motoring, aviation and civil and naval engineering, often translating into polished, industrial looking objects — recognizable machines (airplanes, cars, boats) that perform absurd actions and bear no relationship to notions of efficiency and progress. Palma adopts an apparently functional aesthetics that combines engineering and amateur inventions and divests the former from any seriousness while cloaking hobbies and small inventions in solemnity. 

Engenho was first shown at the exhibition ‘Images for the 90s’ (Serralves Foundation, 1993). It was then exhibited in the atrium of Calouste Gulbenkian’s Modern Art Centre (in the context of Lisbon’94 European Capital of Culture), at Projecto PLANO XXI / Portuguese Contemporary Art, Cinema & Music (Glasgow, 2000) and, among others, at the exhibitions ‘The World Upside Down’ (Culturgest, Lisbon, 2007) and ‘Serralves 2009 — The Collection" (Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, 2009).

  • LocationArrivals' Hall, Porto Airport
  • Days 30 OCT 2017 - 21 JAN 2018

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