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the magic carpet

Documentary film: ‘The magic carpet. Voices to remember Joan de Muga’


The exhibition ‘The Magic Carpet. For Joan de Muga’ is a tribute to Joan de Muga, founder and director of Joan Prats Gallery since 1976, when it opened, until 2020. The exhibition will bring together the work of artists who have been part of the gallery since the beginning to the present, together with photographs, letters, videos and documentation, to explain the history of the gallery and also Ediciones Polígrafa and other projects by Joan de Muga such as Fundació Espai Poblenou.


We will show works by Juan Araujo, Francis Bacon, Alfons Borrell, Joan Brossa, Cabrita, Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Chillida, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Victoria Civera, Hannah Collins, Helen Frankenthaler, Luis Gordillo, Guinovart, Hernández Pijuan, Wifredo Lam, Louise Lawler, Miralda, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Muntadas, Pablo Palazuelo, Perejaume, Joan Ponç, Fernando Prats, Ràfols Casamada, Caio Reisewitz, Julião Sarmento, George Segal, José María Sicilia, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Uslé, Eulàlia Valldosera, Sue Williams


The title of the exhibition is inspired by a drawing by Joan Ponç dedicated to Joan de Muga, in which he portrayed him on a flying carpet. This sketch refers to his enterprising and visionary character, his passion for traveling and for imagining new projects.


We are organizing the exhibition with the complicity of Carles Guerra, who will write the text of the publication that we will publish later.

Museu Coleção Berardo

Abstracto, Branco, Tóxico e Volátil.

Julião Sarmento

Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Opening 11.05.2022



The Museu Coleção Berardo have the pleasure of opening Julião Sarmento’s exhibition Abstracto, Branco, Tóxico e Volátil, on Wednesday, 11 May, from 5 to 9 p.m., with free admission. 



The exhibition Abstracto, Branco, Tóxico e Volátil brings together a very significant selection of works which is the result of a close collaboration between the artist and the curator Catherine David.



Julião Sarmento (1948–2021) was one of the most internationally recognised Portuguese artists, having developed an artistic career that was immensely coherent, rich, and intense. Constantly renewing himself, closely connected with the artistic practices of his time, and strongly influenced by the culture of English-speaking countries and the themes and images of literature and film, he employed a diverse range of methods and techniques to establish a concise vocabulary of ambiguous images. His work has a performative and theatrical dimension, which accumulates through the constant evocation of timeless themes and representations—such as the woman, sexuality, transgression, memory, duality, home, the word—which operate as structural axes of his work.


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ARCOmadrid 2022

Galeria Joan Prats

Booth 9C06 & booth 7B19 (ARCO 40+1)


For our booth at ARCOmadrid 2022, we present a selection of pieces by our artists, with a leading role for painting -Luis Gordillo, Lola Lasurt, Alfons Borrell and Juan Uslé- and others located at the limit of pictorial language -José María Sicilia , Fernando Prats-, or that reflect on the genre, such as Perejaume. Dialoguing with these works, a piece by Muntadas with a more conceptual vision of painting will occupy a special place.


We also present for the first time works by Alicia Framis, beginning our collaboration with the artist.


The Joan Prats Gallery has been selected for the special program 40+1, a section curated by María Inés Rodríguez, Francesco Stocchi and Sergio Rubira that celebrates the fair’s 40th anniversary. In this section we will present emblematic works by three artists who have been very important in the history of our gallery, such as Hernández Pijuan, Ràfols Casamada and Perejaume.





ARCOmadrid 2022

Galeria Joan Prats

Stand 9C06 y stand 7B19, nº1 (ARCO 40+1)




Para nuestro stand en la feria de ARCOmadrid 2022 presentamos una selección de piezas de nuestros artistas, con un protagonismo de la pintura -Luis Gordillo, Lola Lasurt, Alfons Borrell y Juan Uslé- y otras situadas en el límite del lenguaje pictórico -José María Sicilia, Fernando Prats-, o que reflexionan sobre el género, como Perejaume. Dialogando con estas obras, ocupará un lugar especial una pieza de Muntadas con una visión más conceptual en torno a la pintura.


También presentamos por primera vez obras de Alicia Framis, iniciando nuestra colaboración con la artista.


La Galeria Joan Prats ha sido seleccionada para el programa especial 40+1, sección comisariada por María Inés Rodríguez, Francesco Stocchi y Sergio Rubira que celebra el 40 aniversario de la feria. Presentaremos en esta sección obras emblemáticas de tres artistas que han sido muy importantes para la historia de nuestra galería, como son Hernández Pijuan, Ràfols Casamada y Perejaume.



Estar a la lluna

FONTETA – Bombon · Joan Prats · NoguerasBlanchard

Capítol II: Estar a la lluna (Head in the clouds)


Opening: 7th of August, 12am-9pm

Exhibition until 26th of September

c/ Empordà, 10, Fonteta, Girona


August: Monday to Sunday, 5-9pm

September: Friday to Sunday, 5-9pm

or by appointment: (+34) 644 524 969



We’re delighted to present the second chapter of the joint project by Bombon, Galeria Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard in Fonteta, a small village in the Emporda region.


The exhibition, conceived in two chapters (the first opening June 19th and the second August 7th) brings together artists from three different generations. The proposal begins with a concept from the Emporda Parar la fresca (to take in fresh air) described by Josep Pla in the book “Las Horas”.



Text by Gabriel Ventura



“Perhaps because for so many centuries it has been out of reach, it has awakened the most fantastical dreams, those which are most passionate and hidden. Its charm will always be on behalf of the nighttime, of the occult and intuition, of secrecy and excess. The moon -which dilates and dwarfs cat’s eyes, makes tides rise and fall, and inflates and deflates frogs continues to fascinate us with the same fervour of ancient times, even though we have already stepped upon it gingerly, and now some enlightened entrepreneurs plan to build hotels with galactic views. But let’s not fool ourselves: the colonising eagerness of Jeff Bezos and company will not be able to bring closer or make more comprehensible the mysteries of the White Hare or the Spider Woman.


Eternally distant, the moon has been worshiped by witches and vampires, by poets and fortune-tellers. As much as science tries to conquer it, the lunar mercurial light projects us towards remote and inscrutable futures, and invites us to reflect on the shadows and myths of the human condition. Throughout history we have linked it to fertility and the unconscious, to death and resurrection, to the repetition of life’s cycles. The first inscribed annotations on artefacts and tools from the Palaeolithic era consist of lunar records. In fact, is very likely that before the advent of agriculture, societies were organised according to a lunar temporal cycle, as demonstrated by Alexander Marshack’s research in The Roots of Civilization.


Unlike the sun, the omnipotent and constant star, the moon goes through phases; it waxes and wanes, dwindles, bends, and transforms. For this reason, there has been a historical tendency to represent what is immutable with the sun (God), and that which is changing and material with the moon (for example, Plato’s sublunar and mortal kingdom, the land of doubt and shadows). Inevitably, for millennia, human species has found its counterpart in the drama of the moon: being born, growing up, reproducing (the belly of the full moon), and dying. If the solar syntax divides and ranks –W.B. Yeats accused the sun of offering “complex and contrived” truths– the lunar syntax mixes and confuses the forms by being evasive, emotional, fluid. Symbolically, the moon evokes the imaginative, contingent, and ambiguous world of existence, which contrasts against absolute solar truths shaping an ideal world of being. It is impossible to look directly at the sun, it is impossible to enter into a dialogue with its dazzling presence. The moon, on the other hand, illuminates paths from the brinks of the sky and, in the words of Lorca, shamelessly shows its “one hundred identical faces”. Illusion, delirium, chimera, madness, chaos, dispersion (estar a la lluna 1): the attributes of the queen of the night suggest the transgression of daytime norms.


Lilacs and electric blues, striking yellows and raging reds, fluorescent greens that shoot up from the dark, like a scream piercing the conscience. The colours of the night sharpen the nerves as well as the eye; they make us untrusting, and we sense the intermittent heartbeat of danger.


A tremor runs down our backs: is it real, what we have seen? Can we believe in the images and words that appear under Selene’s cold light? Perhaps, deep down, being on the moon is one of the most fruitful and perplexing ways to be on Earth -not taking anything for granted, continuing to be suspicious, and looking up at the unfathomable secrets of the universe.


Gabriel Ventura



Capítol I: Parar la fresca (To take in fresh air)

ARCO E-xhibitions

ARCO E-xhibitions. 








Tras un año 2020 en el que creímos posible una transformación radical de nuestras vidas, debido a un evento mundial e imprevisible como fue la pandemia, este 2021 sentimos que todo vuelve a empezar y, pese a todo lo que aprendimos, en el fondo, deseamos volver a lo anterior.


En la primavera del año pasado, nos atrevimos a pedirles a los y las artistas de la galería que participasen en una exposición que pudimos presentar en verano, con trabajos realizados durante el confinamiento. La realización de estas obras supuso, en algunos casos, una vía de escape, en otros, una herramienta para continuar trabajando pese a las dificultades y, a la vez, permitieron al público introducirse en la intimidad de los estudios y de las cabezas de sus creadores.


El resultado de la petición fue una serie de obras muy diversas, algunas de las cuales ahora volvemos a presentar para poder contemplarlas con una nueva mirada, que nos permite entender el pasado y proyectarnos hacia el futuro.



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On January 29th, at 6:00 pm (7:00 pm Spain), watch the WORD OF ARTIST – JULIÃO SARMENTO conversation, online.



In this conversation between the artist Julião Sarmento and Joana Valsassina, curator of the Serralves Museum’s national itinerary program, the core of works by the artist, belonging to the Serralves Collection, will be the starting point for touching on themes that cover his work, revisiting individual exhibitions organized by the Museum and revealing some peculiarities of an important recent acquisition.


In dialogue with one of the most outstanding personalities in the contemporary artistic panorama, we will approach the different aspects of his career, seeking to know how he sees the future of art in the face of today’s challenges. 


Join the talk, through free prior registration to the email d.cruz@serralves.pt, until 12:00 on January 29th. 



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arte arquitectura

Julião Sarmento participa en la exposición ‘Arte y arquitectura: un diálogo’ en el Centro Botín, Santander.


‘Arte y arquitectura: un diálogo’ explora la influencia de la arquitectura en el arte y ofrece reflexiones sobre cómo la arquitectura conforma nuestras propias vidas y articula la interacción social.


Esta exposición reúne una selección de obras de artistas que en su día dirigieron un taller de artes plásticas de la Fundación Botín y expusieron sus trabajos en Santander, junto con piezas creadas por antiguos beneficiarios de la beca de artes plásticas que concede la fundación.


Comisario: Benjamin Weil


Hasta el 14 de marzo de 2021



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Sexuality and representation

The artist Julião Sarmento participates in the group exhibition ‘RED LIGHT: Sexuality and representation in the Norlinda and José Lima Collection’ at Centro de Arte Oliva, João da Madeira, Portugal, until March 14, 2021.


RED LIGHT presents a selection of works from the Norlinda and José Lima art collection, having in common the approach to sexuality, declined in multiple themes, both presented in a complement of counterpoint and in a discordant confrontation: the representation of the body, male and female nudity, eroticism, fantasy, desire and pain, object and subject, pleasure and domination, places of female representation, male gaze, voyeurism, exhibitionism and self-representation in art.


Cuarated by Sandra Vieira Jürgens.



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Mais nada se move

Mais nada se move em cima do papel.

O desenho como pensamento


14 NOV. 2020 – 18 ABRIL 2021 

CAA – Centro de Artes de Águeda, Portugal


Comisaria: Sara Antónia Matos


Exposición colectiva, con obras de Julião Sarmento.



Enmarcada en el ciclo O desenho como pensamento (El dibujo como pensamiento), de CAA – Centro de Arte Águeda, la exposición “Mais nada se move em cima do papel (Nada más se mueve sobre el papel)” adopta como título el primer verso de un poema de Al Berto y recoge obras de artistas que a lo largo de los años, en sus propios caminos y lenguajes, han venido trabajando el dibujo como un registro indisciplinado, en algunos casos transversal a sus prácticas.


Las obras expuestas muestran que el dibujo refleja una condición previa, poco tangible, comparable al pensamiento, como si el gesto o la intuición que precede a la inscripción de la línea se desplazara o flotara sobre el papel, y luego se formara sobre soportes bidimensionales y tridimensional, ganan cuerpo y adquieren formulaciones escultóricas, sonoras, atmosféricas y espaciales.


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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 is a series of online exhibitions that aims to reflect on topics related to the current context, and around the general idea of ‘The body and the other’.


Exposures #03The hands


The third proposal revolves around the hand, the part of the human body most linked to the artistic creation along with the eyes and which at the same time helps us to communicate and relate, just like the word.


It brings together works by Erick Beltrán, Cabello/Carceller, Victoria Civera, Hannah Collins, Enzo Cucchi, Chema Madoz, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Muntadas, Perejaume, Marcel Rubio Juliana and Julião Sarmento.


Our hands are taking an unusual role in the last months due to their role in the transmission of viruses. Touching things, touching our faces, touching other hands has become dangerous, hands are now forced to cover themselves with gloves, to wash constantly, not to touch, not even to say hello.


But we have seen how its presence has been a constant in many artistic works, from prehistoric art to the present day, due to its formal and symbolic variety.


The non-verbal language of gestures reveals the relationship between hand and mind. In the works we show, the hand gestures express different moods, feelings, attitudes or emotions from fear or sorrow to sensuality or complicity. Sometimes, as happens for example in Julião Sarmento’s works, its representation alludes to the totality of the human body.


Hand gestures also refer to social conventions, thus becoming a representation of the human condition in close relationship with culture and expression. As evidenced in some of Muntadas‘ works, this rhetorical figure can define ambition, agreement, imposition, authority or power.


This exhibition will be on view until September 30th.


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think about the size




“Escric amb rius i turons / sobre el paper de les planes”    Perejaume*


Spring has been marked by a radical transformation of our ways of moving, relating and exchanging. Suddenly everything has changed. Our perception of everyday things and also of the most relevant things has been questioned. What seemed essential to us becomes not essential. We have realized the precariousness of life, we have known the importance of solidarity, of family, of our loved ones, of our environment. Nature and the environment have also taken a leading role that they did not have before.


Facing this, we have dared to ask the artists of the gallery to participate in this exhibition that we now present, with works which they have carried out during this time of social isolation. They are diverse answers to the same question, they have in common the use of paper as a medium, common for some –like Victoria Civera or Perejaume– and unprecedented for others –like Hannah Collins or Annika Kahrs–.


The making of these works has been able to become an escape route, a tool to continue working despite the difficulties and, at the same time, they allow the spectator to enter the intimacy of the studios and the heads of their creators. They are, in most cases, works made at home, with house’s tools, testimonies of a unique and, we hope, unrepeatable moment.


‘Think about the size of the universe, then brush your teeth and go to bed’ takes the title of a work by the artist Annika Kahrs. Starting with humor, it invites us to reflect on the balance between micro and macro levels and on the search for meaning and identity within the unfathomable universe of which we are a part, reflections that become fundamental in the current context.


The result of this exhibition has been a series of diverse works. In some cases, we see that the themes that worried the artists, before the pandemic, have maintained their leading role or, even in others, they show fragments of their work process and are linked to future projects.


In other cases, we find proposals that speak directly of the current moment: reflections on personal relationships, the political situation, messages from the media or vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly.


Finally, we would also find a third group of works that focus on observing the closest environment and nature.



To provide you with more information and images, please contact galeria@galeriajoanprats.com



* “I write with rivers and hills / on the paper of the plains” Perejaume

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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ARCO Madrid


26/02/2020 – 01/03/2020


Booth 9C09




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Screening of Sarmento’s work and a talk by the director

Bush House Lecture Theatre 1,

King’s College London

6.12.2019, 18-20h


A special screening of some of Julião Sarmento’s work that openly opposed the Salazarist state repression and the profound cultural conservatism of the era. The screening will be followed by a very special talk with the director himself chaired by Bruno Marques and Érica Faleiro Rodrigues.


Programme of films:


Legs (15*). Fixed frame shooting of a sequence centered on the bare pubis of a female body. A slow and sensual alternation of forward and backward leg movement repeats indefinitely.

Portugal 1975 Dir. Julião Sarmento 3´45´´


Copies (15*)

Two naked women face each other replicating self-directed gestures and caresses. Near the end, the director steps out of his voyeuristic shadow, to turn his hand to playing the exhibitionist.

Portugal 1976 Dir. Julião Sarmento 14´23´´


Faces (15*)

Close up of an endless kiss between two women, centered on their mouths and the movement of their tongues.

Portugal 1976 Dir. Julião Sarmento 44´22´´


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Juliao Sarmento, Film works

02.07 – 11.10.2019

Escola das Artes, UCP, Porto (PT)


Curadoria de Nuno Crespo


A Exposição Julião Sarmento. Film Works irá fazer a abertura oficial do programa público da Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema, no dia 2 de julho, às 19h30 e ocupará a Sala de Exposições da Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Esta exposição individual concentrará parte importante do trabalho que o artista fez com a imagem em movimento.


Serão mostradas dez obras de diferentes épocas – desde 1, 2, 3 (1975) até O Fim do Mundo (2015) -, expostos em diferentes formatos, formando um puzzle de referências teóricas, literárias, cinematográficas e reflexões sobre atos e gestos quotidianos.


A concentração destes trabalho nesta exposição individual, permite olhar a obra de Julião Sarmento a partir de uma série de obsessões, como a repetição enquanto modo de desconstruir a normalização das imagens e a reflexão sobre o lugar da linguagem e das suas convenções.



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Fondazione Giorgio Cini

9.05 – 24.11.2019


Carsten Höller, Julião Sarmento and Marina Abramović join First Stone with Expanded, the next exhibition of the programme. Inaugurating on the 9th of May, during the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Expanded will be located within the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and remain open until the 24th of November 2019.


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Arco 2019


27/02/2019 – 03/03/2019

Booth 9C09




CAIO REISEWITZ Meeting with the artist and book signing, Altamira

Thursday, February 28, in our booth at ARCOmadrid 2019

CGAC Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela

9.11.2018 – 3.2.2019

Comisarios: Santiago Olmo, David Barro


La exposición de Julião Sarmento en el CGAC es una visión panorámica que recoge trabajos en torno a este sentir que se cruza transversalmente por toda su trayectoria: lo cinematográfico. No se trata tanto de subrayar una relación literal —que se puede advertir en muchos casos— sino de proyectar cómo Sarmento siempre se ha movido en ese espacio intermedio, entre la suspensión y el deseo, en un espacio intersticial que provoca que, como espectadores, nos veamos inmersos en un terreno inquietante, como el del extranjero, como el del espectador.


La muestra recoge ejemplos de su particular manera de deconstruir la imagen, de obras donde el vacío se concibe como fondo activo y de una serie de esculturas donde se convoca la idea de escena. También de sus enigmáticos trabajos recientes, pinturas de dimensión fractal que hacen referencia al mundo de las constelaciones. Porque en su trabajo la realidad se amplía y el espectador nunca conoce la realidad de la imagen, como en el cine. Todo ello demanda una posición activa en el espectador, que se ve obligado a descifrar la intención de cada motivo y de cada ausencia, atendiendo a títulos que ofrecen pistas al tiempo que refuerzan el misterio y la suspensión.


El título, Without, hace referencia a la polaridad que domina toda la obra de Julião Sarmento. La polaridad es como una puerta que en un lado tiene escrita la palabra entrada y en el otro salida, pero siempre es la misma puerta y, según el lado por el que nos acerquemos a ella, vemos uno u otro de sus aspectos. Como en las obras de Julião Sarmento, el título no nos dice una verdad exacta ni absoluta ni tampoco nos informa de todo lo que se ve.


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Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (CIAJG), Guimarães, Portugal

29.6 -7.10.2018


Leopard in a Cage (leopardo numa jaula) propõe, do ponto de vista curatorial, o desafio de recuperar um conjunto de projetos que nunca antes haviam sido mostrados ou mesmo realizados, que são apresentados em diálogo com trabalhos novos, especificamente concebidos e produzidos para esta exposição.

O título da exposição cita um projeto de 1975, “Um Leopardo na SNBA”, que visto a esta distância temporal, condensa muitos dos traços distintivos da obra do artista. O projeto, que nunca viria a realizar-se, e que é agora apresentado enquanto tal, estabelece, simultaneamente, o tema animal, referencial nestes e nos anos seguintes do trabalho de Julião Sarmento, o tema do desejo, uma estética do rigor e da contenção, um trabalho com as coordenadas invisíveis do tempo e do espaço, o campo de interpretação deixada ao espetador.

Talvez aquilo que sobressaia da imensa diversidade de projetos e de meios nesta exposição seja a forma como o artista parece reclamar para o processo criativo uma liberdade radical e inalienável, uma insaciável curiosidade por tudo aquilo que o rodeia, apropriando-se de objetos de uso comum (um simples, efémero e pequeno bilhete de elétrico que é transposto, em aumento de escala, para tapeçaria), citando obras de outros artistas (Carl Andre) ou criando dois conjuntos de pinturas aparentemente monocromáticas, respetivamente com todos os tons de brancos e pretos encontrados no atelier.

A exposição é assim um desconcertante palimpsesto em que tudo parece ser dito duas vezes, em modo de repetição, mas em que nada é exatamente o mesmo, em que nada é igual. Neste regime de alteridade, cabe ao espetador a aliciante tarefa de nomear (distinguir) aquilo que vê ou de imaginar (construir) aquilo que ouve, ampliando, através da experiência estética, a perceção ou o conhecimento do real.



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ARCO Madrid. 21/02/2018 – 25/02/2018




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Objects on the New Landscape Demanding of the Eye (part 3)

We are pleased to present Julião Sarmento’s fourth exhibition at Galeria Joan Prats, titled Objects on the New Landscape Demanding of the Eye (part 3), in which we will show his recent work, with installation, sculpture and painting.


The title of the exhibition recalls that of the first exhibition held at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1957, which included paintings by various artists and in which the installation and assemblage pioneer, Edward Kienholz, participated.


In the exhibition, the installation Crash Dummy, 2016, and the sculpture Broken Alice, 2014, coexist with a series of paintings that show triangular shapes, delicately drawn, based on the fundamental principles of fractal geometry, and other works inspired by the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen of Degas. This diversity of supports and techniques present in the exhibition is characteristic of the artistic practice of Julião Sarmento and, on this occasion, stands out for the combination of materials that could be defined as poor with materials subject to advanced technological processes.


Julião Sarmento produces a work that adopts multiple forms with drawings, paintings, sculptures, performances and videos that speak of the artifices of seduction and the mechanisms of desire. From its beginnings, in the middle of the seventies, the work of Julião Sarmento has been characterized by its archival character. Thus, in his works, they can appear feminine silhouettes, architectural plans, literary fragments and objects.


Often, these coded iconographies explicitly present us with the signs needed to identify to the source of his imagery and its meanings. This constant oscillation between appearance and reality, fiction and documentation, invention and fact with which Sarmento confronts us is not at all a gratuitous game. The assemblages fashioned by the artist play on this dialectic of superficial interpretation, where many elements are perfectly identifiable, even banal or anodyne, and deeper interpretation that drives us to seek correspondences, links and relations without realizing that the very fact of carrying out this search is itself the meaning we are supposed to discover.


24.06.2017 – 01.01.2018

La Fundación Botín presenta una selección de obra perteneciente a su colección. La muestra tendrá lugar en la primera planta del Centro Botín. Adquiridas en el curso de las últimas décadas, las piezas expuestas ofrecen perspectivas de los artistas a los que la Fundación ha decidido apoyar y con los que ha colaborado a lo largo de ese periodo.


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Galleria nazionale

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome

18/05 – 17/09/2017

Opening | Inauguración: 18/05 -19h

Curator | CuradoraNimfa Bisbe


Con Conversation Piece, la Galleria Nazionale ospita la collezione “la Caixa” di Arte Contemporanea e propone una conversazione tra un selezionato gruppo di opere nella cornice dell’architettura classica del Salone Centrale.

La mostra, a cura di Nimfa Bisbe, prende il titolo dall’opera di Juan Muñoz (Conversation Piece, 1995) e mette in relazione un gruppo di opere di artisti dalle differenti voci poetiche. Così come suggeriscono i gesti espressivi dei tre personaggi di Muñoz, la mostra possiede la forza del dialogo ma anche quella della dialettica, animata dalla seduzione e dalla ricerca di un significato rivelatore. L’interazione tra le opere segue una cifra che fa riferimento da una parte ai canoni dell’estetica minimalista e dall’altro alla triplice relazione tra architettura, scultura e figura umana.

In Conversation Piece, l’interpretazione formalistica della geometria dell’arte minimalista svanisce grazie alla forza del vissuto, dei simbolismi e della finzione delle opere. La forma viene interpretata dagli artisti per sostenere poetiche personali o rimandi alla realtà del nostro mondo. I giochi di contrasto e le assonanze tra le diverse proposte artistiche presenti, consentono di attivare molteplici letture che possono, a loro volta, generare storie diverse da quelle messe in scena.

Fernanda Fragateiro, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Juan Muñoz, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Doris Salcedo, Julião Sarmento, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra, Jana Sterbak, Antoni Tàpies, Ignacio Uriarte, Rachel Whiteread.

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Julião Sarmento

Lisbon, 1948- Estoril, 2021



From the early seventies, Julião Sarmento has explored the possibilities of painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video. There is a process of suggestive hiding in his works that situates the spectator not only as an observer but also as a participant of his narrative.


The woman is a recurring motive in his works and from it he elaborates concepts linked to sexuality, desire or seduction. The relationships he evokes, on latent tension, violence, obsession or mystery, are obtained from a meticulous dynamic between the participating agents in the physical space, in the case of installations, or in the edition, in case of films and videos. The resulting works unleash all the detached intrigue of the images in constant suspense and tension.