Manoel de Oliveira: The House
On the occasion of the most comprehensive exhibition of the work of this award-winning duo of Portuguese artists, Serralves publishes, in association with the Italian publisher/distributor Mousse, a monograph covering nearly twenty years of the joint artistic career of João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva.
An unprecedented situation in the duo's career, the publication is a veritable exhibition catalogue, with around two hundred fifty views of meticulously documented installations, moving from a work in film, to a work in photography, sculpture and installation.
Recognizing the importance of discursive production in the work of Paiva+Gusmão, the publication also includes a generous anthology of the artists' writings.
Accompanied by unpublished essays - by Chris Fitzpatrick, independent curator, formerly Director of Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, and Kunstverein München, Anthony Huberman, Director and Chief Curator of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco, and Philippe Vergne, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art de Serralves - which propose different readings of a work that, combining anthropological register, drama and scientific research, presents itself as an investigation of the unfathomable, a form of esoteric knowledge that materializes in “poetic and philosophical fictions”.
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