SOME WORKS FROM THE SERRALVES COLLECTION: A CLOSER LOOK

The Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Serralves Collection. The database is organized according to artist in alphabetical order and is being regularly updated as a result of continued research and collection development. 

The Serralves Collection is a reference for contemporary art in Portugal and internationally from the 1960s to the present. The collection currently consists over 1669 of works in all media as well as over 2000 works on deposit. Deposits include the collection of the Portuguese Secretariat of State for Culture and the FLAD (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento) collection. The Serralves Collection also includes approximately 5000 artists’ books and editions. Details of this collection can be accessed at http://biblioteca.serralves.pt/.

The starting point of the collection refers to the historic period of political, social and cultural change that took place around the world, with the emergence of new paradigms in art making. ‘Circa 1968’, the inaugural exhibition of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in 1999 served as a manifesto of this vision, highlighting the seminal decade of the mid–1960s to the mid–1970s.

As part of a continued research and development of the collection in the twenty-first century, the Serralves Collection aspires to offer perspectives on contemporary art in relation to a new global reality. While resonating with the art and ideas of our recent past, the Collection aims to reflect on how the art of today also anticipates its future.
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Reverse, 2011
Film 16 mm transferred to video, color, sound, 19´15´´
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Acquisition, 2012. Serralves Work comissioned for the 2011 edition of the Sonae|Serralves Project
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Inhabited painting, 1975
46 x 50 cm
Acrylic painting on b/w photograph
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 1999
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Untitled, 1968
130 x 100 cm
Acrylic paint on tulle
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 1999
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Pink canvas for wearing, 1969
58 x 48 cm
B/w photograph
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Gift of the artist , 2000
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Untitled (The wet cotton is thrown at the glass and remais there), 1968
210 x 120 x 50 cm
Glass, cotton, zinc bucket, sackcloth, sawdust, water
Coll. Sonnabend Collection, long-term loan to Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Deposit, 1999
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avoiding the mistral wind´, 2008
Dimensões variáveis / Variable dimensions
Wood, leather (3 elements). Ed. 1/1
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 2013
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a spine wall supressed all draughts´, 2008
Cada / each: 8 x 90 x 300 cm
Black leather, rope (2 elements). Ed. 1/1
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 2013
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paving stones across the garden´, 2008
360 x 20 x 2,5 cm
Leather (2 elements). Ed: 2+1 AP
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 2013
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Garden, 2005
Video (DVCam, format 16:9), colour, sound, 9’44’’. Ed. 3/5 + 2 A.P.
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 2007
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Dimensões variáveis / Variable dimensions
Formica on wood, wood, glass, mirror, Plexiglas, rubberized horse hair with formica acid (6 elements). Ed. 39/90
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 1998
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2 x (270 x 90 x 8), Ø 0,8 x 927, 101 x 41 x 12, 3 x Ø 12, 1994
Dimensões variáveis / Variable dimensions
Iron, felt, soap, steel cable (5 elements)
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 2006
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The Fence, 1998
270 x 450 x 450 cm
Iron, barbed wire, wire mesh, soap, acrylic paint on canvas
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Gift of the artist, 1998
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Untitled, 2008
220 x 327 x 16 cm
Painted and polished aluminium and Plexiglas (3 elements)
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Acquisition, 2012
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Untitled, 2008
235 x 461 x 16 cm
Painted and polished aluminium and Plexiglas (5 elements). Aquisição Acquisition 2012
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto . Acquisition, 2012
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Being tree and art, 2000 - 2002
c. Ø 1600 cm
Tree, soil, grass, stone, wood, glass with text
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Acquired, 2002
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The sea is extended in each one of us, 1968 - 1969
200 x 400 x 800 cm
Metal, natural elements (sand) and b/w photography
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 1999
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The four elements, 1969 - 1970
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Iron, plastic, photographic prints, orange tree, water, soil, charcoal
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Acquisition, 1999
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21,3 x 29,5 cm
Coll. Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, long-term loan to Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Deposit
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System H, 1973
48,5 x 400 x 400 cm
Painted iron
Coll. Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, long-term loan to Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal. Deposit, 1990
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Letters, Paris, 1962
50 x 100 cm
Wood, tweezer clamp, silver metal box, plastic, acrylic on canvas
Coll. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquired , 1998