Discussion at the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian organised on the occasion of the exhibitions by Julião Sarmento (Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian) and Helena Almeida (Jeu de Paume), with Julião Sarmento, João Ribas, curator of the Helena Almeida exhibition at Jeu de Paume, and Ami Barak, curator of the Julião Sarmento exhibition at the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian.
Julião Sarmento. la chose, même – the real thing
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian / 20 January – 17 April 2016
This exhibition offers visitors a panorama of work by Julião Sarmento, one of the leading figures on the Portuguese contemporary art scene who has enjoyed international recognition from the start of his career. Over the years, Sarmento has developed a protean body of work using, in turns, photography, drawing, sculpture, video and performance, while maintaining a strong literary element through the texts he incorporates as assembled fragments in his works. Another constant is the presence of a muse-like female figure, which subtly and enigmatically recurs throughout his pieces.
Helena Almeida. Corpus
Jeu de Paume, Concorde, Paris / 9 February – 22 May 2016
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.
FONDATION CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN,
Délégation en France.
39, Bd. De la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris.
Admission free. Reservation : 01 53 85 93 93 /