Ângelo de Sousa

Quase tudo o que sou capaz | Vila Real

Museu da Vila Velha, Vila Real
Museu da Vila Velha, Vila Real
21 FEB - 15 MAR 2021
2101 Angelo de Sousa em Vila Real

Image: Ângelo de Sousa, Pintura, 1967. Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Aquisição em 2002. Foto: Filipe Braga, Fundação de Serralves

One of the most influential figures in the Portuguese artistic context of the second half of the twentieth century, Ângelo de Sousa (Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, 1938—2011, Porto) is also one of the artists better represented in the Serralves Collection. Spanning from 1961 to 2002, these works cover all artistic media used throughout the artist’s prolific career: drawing, painting, film, sculpture, installation, and photography.

‘Ângelo de Sousa: Almost Everything I am Capable Of’ includes a selection of the artist’s drawings, paintings and sculptures and aims to emphasize the importance of the interaction between these disciplines in the development of his artistic work. This exhibition refutes the prevailing image of Ângelo, the painter, demonstrating that his sculptures and drawings are not only fundamental facets of his work, but also the ones in which his experimentalist spirit is particularly striking.

Ângelo’s works are apparently simple — in his words, the artist tries 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 some of his earliest works, still figurative but already revealing the streamlined approach that was to characterize his practice, side by side with abstract-geometric exercises that established Ângelo de Sousa as one of the utmost explorers of colour and light.

‘Ângelo de Sousa: Almost Everything I am Capable Of’ is part of the Touring Exhibitions Programme of the Serralves Collection, which aims to make the Foundation's collection accessible to different audiences across the country.

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