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exposure:the fact of experiencing something or being affected by it because of being in a particular situation or place (Cambridge Dictionary)

Exposures és una sèrie d’exposicions online que pretén reflexionar sobre temàtiques relacionades amb el context actual, i al voltant de la idea general de ‘El cos i l’altre’.

Exposures #03Les mans

La tercera proposta gira entorn de la mà, la part del cos humà més vinculada a la creació artística juntament amb els ulls i que al mateix temps ens serveix per comunicar i relacionar-nos, igual que la paraula.

Reuneix obres d’Erick Beltrán, Cabello/Carceller, Victoria Civera, Hannah Collins, Enzo Cucchi, Chema Madoz, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Muntadas, Perejaume, Marcel Rubio Juliana i Julião Sarmento.

Les nostres mans estan prenent un inusitat protagonisme en aquests últims mesos a causa del seu paper en la transmissió de virus. Tocar les coses, tocar-nos la cara, tocar altres mans ha passat a ser perillós, les mans ara es veuen obligades a cobrir-se amb guants, a rentar-se constantment, a no tocar, ni tan sols per a saludar.

Però hem vist com la seva presència ha estat una constant en moltes obres artístiques, des de l’art prehistòric fins als nostres dies, per la seva varietat formal i simbòlica.

El llenguatge no verbal dels gestos posa en evidència la relació entre la mà i la ment. En les obres que presentem, els gestos de la mà expressen diferents estats d’ànim, sentiments, actituds o emocions des de por o pena fins a sensualitat o complicitat. A vegades, com ocorre per exemple en treballs de Julião Sarmento, la seva representació al·ludeix a la totalitat del cos humà.

Els gestos de les mans també remeten a les convencions socials, esdevenen així, una representació de la condició humana en estreta relació amb la cultura i l’expressió. Com es posa de manifest en algunes obres de Muntadas, aquesta figura retòrica pot definir ambició, consens, imposició, autoritat o poder.

Aquesta exposició es podrà veure fins el 30 de setembre.

Accés a l’exposició


No brilho da pele, exhibition by Julião Sarmento at Museu de Aveiro / Santa Joana, Portugal.


July 15 – September 27, 2020


Exhibition organized by the Museums of Aveiro in partnership with the Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Joana Valsassina.



Selection of works by Julião Sarmento (Lisbon, 1948) that illustrate different approaches to themes such as desire, voyeurism and violence, central to the artist’s practice.


The exhibition includes works from the 1970s to the present, covering different supports worked by the artist throughout his career, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography and installation. Exploring ambiguous territories associated with gestures of seduction and transgression, Julião Sarmento’s work create a network of references to cinema, literature, popular culture, everyday episodes and his own work.


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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa

18.5 – 26.7.2020


In an exhibition dedicated to Florentine Renaissance drawing and its Iberian extensions, works either produced by or attributed to Baccio Bandinelli, Luca Cambiaso, Correggio, Pontormo and Francisco Venegas would always establish predictable ties between one another. However, the presence among this group of some works by Julião Sarmento has the effect of upsetting the balance of the temporal, thematic and stylistic sequences that we might establish between artists belonging to a common cultural and chronological background.

The exhibition enables us to open up unexpected paths, leading us in multiple directions between the past, present and future. It is not a question of discovering a genealogy, but rather of inventing (or possibly not even considering) one; it is not a question of closing the circle, but of opening it up indefinitely.

Research undertaken into the MNAA’s drawing collection has given primacy to the expression of the outlines over the patch, thus bringing us closer to the solutions to be found in the work of Sarmento, who has developed a long theory of linear images, of actions that are interrupted, suspended or paralysed in time, images that are available to be incorporated into open narratives.

Julião Sarmento’s works are not studies, they are finished works. By completely reversing the Renaissance rules, they present the non finito as finito. It is a question of choosing and fixing fragments in action (especially parts of female bodies) separating these from the whole to which they belong, and without the intention of ever using them to reconstruct a body. All this is done so that we can concentrate our attention on the erotic aspects of gestures and choreographic games played with objects (hands, arms, legs, …), as if we were looking (as voyeurs) at everyday rituals, individual performances that can function as models for the abstract behaviour of a dual humanity. It is as if we were conducting an analysis while also wishing to operate a synthesis.


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