Luís Noronha da Costa, Untitled,1976. Portuguese State Contemporary Art Collection, long-term loan to Fundação Serralves — Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Deposit in 1990. Photography: Filipe Braga
ADELINA LOPES, BRUCE NAUMAN, CHARLOTTE MOTH, FERNANDO CALHAU, JORGE MARTINS, JULIÃO SARMENTO, LOURDES CASTRO, LUÍS NORONHA DA COSTA, MARIA NORDMAN, MARIJKE VAN WARMERDAM, MARINE HUGONNIER, MAURO CERQUEIRA, MEL BOCHNER, PAULO NOZOLINO, RENATO FERRÃO, RUI CHAFES, RUI TOSCANO, VITO ACCONCI
Exhibition Opening: 13 September at 6pm
´Light Studies' features works in the Serralves Collection by artists that explore the various possibilities of light. Throughout the history of art, light has been a focus for painters, sculptors, architects and photographers: light, and the shadows and contours it defines, helps to distinguish, for example, between southern and northern European schools of painting. The artists featured in this exhibition have experimented with a variety of media, materials and processes, testing the possibility of its visual representation.
It is not by chance that artists using photography are so sensitive to light. It is, after all, what forms images, even before they have been taken, fixed, displayed and circulated. Film and video artists also see light as that which allows them, primarily and independently of any iconographic or narrative choices, to take and project images. The exhibition also presents sculptures in which the projected shadow and the work itself have the same importance, and where plastic and visual opposites are explored — namely opacity/transparency, light/shadow, density/thinness.
This exhibition integrates the Touring Exhibitions Programme of the Serralves Collection, which aims to make the Foundation’s collection accessible to different audiences across the country.
Production: Fundação de Serralves — Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto