Serralves takes works of Francisco Tropa to Paris

The Portuguese artist Francisco Tropa presents a series of sculptures and performances on behalf of the Serralves Foundation, invited by the French institution, on Saturday at the Center National de la Danse (CND) in Paris.

Between Saturday and Sunday, a total of eight works from Lisbon will be presented, in a dialogue between sculptures like ‘Gigante’ (2018) or ‘Scripta’ (2016) and performances by several other artists.

The program is designed as a route of “cross-functional works”, says Serralves in a statement, in a “stimulating and representative of the sculptural work of Tropa”.

The highlight is the debut of a new play, ‘Choses sans ombre’, in which choreographers Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz were invited to work on the sculpture ‘Le perchoir du Goëland’ (2018).

The artistic project is commissioned by the coordinator of the Serralves performing arts service, Cristina Grande, and is part of the L’invitation aux Musées cycle, in which the CND invited six international museums to schedule a two-day cross different artistic areas.

‘Choses sans ombre’ premieres at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, next to the sculptural piece with which the dialogues, and returns on Sunday at various times, similar to other presentations.

The sculpture in bronze ‘Scripta’, on the ground floor of the CND, combines with the performance of the same name that joins Ana Rita Teodoro, João dos Santos Martins, Bettina Blanc-Penther, Calixto Neto, Lucas Lagomarsino and Raphaelle Delaunay.

The same cast presents, on the first floor, another performative moment, this time around ‘Gigante’, with ‘Lanterna’ (2011) and ‘Caracol’ (2015), a work that joins metal pieces, serigraphy, crochet ‘, complete the batch of the exhibition of Francisco Tropa in Paris.

The curatorial program of the Center Magasin des Horizons, is presented in the same weekend of Serralves, starting from the work of the magazine led by Béatrice Josse, as well as the National Museum of Art Queen Sofia, Madrid.

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art justifies the invitation to Lisbon for the work on the themes of “movement and permanence, figuration and abstraction, physicality and symbolism, time and suspension”, as well as the “transofmrações do lugares” in which their works, which uses “objects and vital materials” to look at the history of art and the origin of artistic creation.

Tropa was born in 1968 in Lisbon, where he lives and works, with an artistic journey of more than three decades. Represented Portugal in the biennials of Venice (2011), Rennes (2012), São Paulo (1999) or Istanbul (2011), among others.

Throughout her career, she has been crossing various artistic fields, from drawing to performance and photography, joining in Paris the pair of choreographers Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz, who since 2006 have been working together.

They received the Prix Jardin d’Europe in 2011, for the show ‘A gesture that is nothing more than a threat’, and they are currently curating the Advanced Program of Creation in Performative Arts of Fórum Dança for the 2018/19 season.

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