José de Guimarães: 1962−1992
Book published on the occasion of the exhibition «Conjurations in the Millennium BCP Collection and in other works by José de Guimarães», by José de Guimarães, presented at the Millennium Gallery, in Lisbon, from January 27 to April 20, 2016
Econjurações brings together a significant number of works by José de Guimarães belonging to the Millennium BCP collection, made on very different supports, in particular a rare and surprising set of large-scale tapestries from Portalegre that, for the first time, can be seen by the general public. . Light works, with neon and LED, from various periods of the author's career are also shown; reliquary boxes that dialogue with pieces from the African art collection that he has been gathering for decades, and also large-scale sculptures that embody the disturbing syncretism pursued, since the 1960s, by José de Guimarães.
Exhibition and book summon up some concepts, lines of reflection and tension around the question of the propitiatory power of the artistic object, to reflect on the power of an artistic practice that goes beyond the aesthetic plane to summon and control forces and energies that operate in the field of art. animism, namely on a plane of immanence and invisibility. [Nuno Faria] Texts by Nuno Faria, Jean-Arthur Rimbaud, Herberto Helder, Bertrand Hell, Victor Hugo, Antonin Artaud, Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, Humberto Díaz Casanueva, Eduardo-Viveiros de Castro, Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Bataille.
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