Helena Almeida. My Work is My Body, My Body is My Work.
from 09 February 2016 until 22 May 2016. Concorde, Paris
Born in 1934 in Lisbon, where she still lives and works today, Helena Almeida studied painting at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Lisbon. From the beginning of her career, she has explored and questioned traditional forms of expression, particularly painting, in an attempt to transgress the space demarcated by the pictorial plane.Although little-known in France, Helena Almeida is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Portuguese artists. Her long career has allowed her to gain a reputation from the 1970s onward as one of the leading figures of performance and conceptual art, notably for her participation in large international events such as the Venice Biennales of 1982 and 2005.
The exhibition "Corpus" presents an ensemble of works—painting, photography, video and drawing—produced by the artist from the 1960s to the present day. In these works, the body registers, occupies and defines the space and plays a central role. The exhibition has a retrospective dimension, spanning the different phases of the artist’s career, from her earliest pieces dating from the mid-1960s up until her more recent work.
Curators: João Ribas and Marta Almeida, Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto.
An exhibition organized by Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, in collaboration with Jeu de Paume and WIELS, Centre d’art contemporain, Bruxelles.