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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.

espaço pedro cabrita reis

The mayor of Sintra, Basílio Horta, inaugurated this Monday at MU.SA – Museu das Artes de Sintra, the Espaço Pedro Cabrita Reis, where ‘Uma Nuvem Negra’ will be permanently on display.


The space was inaugurated with the presence of the Minister of Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva, in a ceremony in which the artist Pedro Cabrita Reis was awarded the Medal of Municipal Merit, in recognition of all the work carried out.


The new space will permanently exhibit the work ‘Uma Nuvem Negra’, in the same place for which it was designed for the exhibition ‘No Reino das Nuvens – as Artistas e a Invenção de Sintra’, which marked the 25th anniversary of the elevation of Sintra to Heritage of the Humanity, between May 27 and October 17, 2021.


The work ‘Uma Nuvem Negra’, which now resides in the space for which it was designed, an imposing triptych measuring 351 x 566 cm, contains a metamorphic atmosphere that captures the essence of the place, the landscape, the climate of Sintra, exposing us and confronting us with its uniqueness. 


In addition to ‘Uma Nuvem Negra’, the new space has two works kindly donated by the artist to the Municipality of Sintra that unify the impactful, cohesive and almost cathartic character of the intended ambience for the space. 


The premise for the creation of this space involves the dynamization of an active and attractive program around the work. The program will be based on two structuring pillars: “Habitar o Espaço”, which will be based on initiatives that enhance the physical space itself – on how it is influenced and influences the work – and which are intended to be comprehensive and inclusive; “Habitar o Espaço”, whose proposal is to promote dialogue between the works of art from the Municipal Art Collection and the resident work. To this end, several personalities linked to the artistic and cultural environment will be invited to choose works from the Municipal Art Collection that dialogue, challenge and contrast the resident work. 


Espaço Pedro Cabrita Reis opens to the public with a challenging exhibition proposal placing side by side the auratic and admirable landscapes of Pedro Cabrita Reis and the fine and delicate landscapes of Alfredo Keil and João Cristino da Silva, united by the natural and human essence of Sintra.



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Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

In cooperation with the municipality of Gnas

Institut for Art in Public Space Styria

Curated by Elisabeth Fiedler and Peter Pakesch
Opening: March, 7th 2022
Duration: March to December 2022


Pedro Cabrita Reis (* 1956 in Lisbon), one of the most important Portuguese artists of the present day, works with civilisation’s remnants and building material. Time and again he creates new spaces or reinterprets old ones. Invited years ago to south eastern Styria by Peter Pakesch, he was fascinated by the tile grid architecture of the region.

He has created a new space in a piece of forest in Poppendorf from his enquiries into space, architecture and cultural remembrance, and into collective and individual memories. This space engages in dialogue with its surroundings, revealing thereby a new reality. 21 benches made from bricks, into which pairs of words are engraved, give rise to a spatial poem. Assembly/Versammlung is an autonomous work of art, which represents both a sculpture (and furniture piece) and a basis for communication – and contemplation, too.


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Les Trois Grâces

Les Trois Grâces – Cabrita

February 12th – June 7th 2022

Jardin des Tuileries – Musée du Louvre



Musée du Louvre has invited Cabrita to exhibit his large-scale reinterpretation of ‘Les Trois Grâces’ (‘The Three Graces’) at Jardin des Tuileries, as part of the 2022 France-Portugal Cruzada Season. 


These figures “come from the depths, long before Athenian democracy, pass through the Roman Empire, reach the Middle Ages, have an even more accentuated moment of brilliance in the Renaissance, reappear again in the 17th and 18th centuries with Rubens, and reach the modernity with Picasso, Matisse, and all that”, explains the Portuguese artist. The three elements are made of cork, each one is approximately 4.50 meters high and they are supported on an iron base, standing for the persistence in art history and the need to review the topic of representation to understand a monument. 


‘Les Trois Grâces’ by Cabrita will be on display from 12 February to mid June.



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Making off

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

Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, México

3.12.2019 – 26.4.2020


Exposición de escultura en la que participan Zazil Barba, Jose Dávila, Pedro Cabrita Reis y María Taniguchi. La muestra plantea al gremio de los artistas como uno de los últimos grupos preocupados por originar conceptos alternos y nuevas formas de mirar, quienes logran subvertir el orden de las cosas para crear otros significados, para transformar la relación con los objetos y lograr una suerte de poesía.


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Pedro Cabrita Reis

Opening 19.11, 22h
20.11.2019 – 22.03.2020


Specifically conceived for the Museum’s spaces, a single, large-scale work with a very clear autobiographic quality will reflect the ever-present relationship between Cabrita Reis’s artistic practice and his reflection on the role of museums. Far from any chronological concern, A ROVING GAZE includes photographs of a large selection of Cabrita Reis’s works from 1999 to the present, displayed on structures created by the artist, along with a series of objects, drawings, documents and other works, the whole generating a total installation environment in which the artist’s life and work intersect. 


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Cabrita Reis - CGAC

15.11.2019 – 02.02.2020

CGAC, Santiago de Compostela


Comisario/a: Susana González/Santiago Olmo


El proyecto expositivo WORK (always) IN PROGRESS plantea un discurso secuencial que permite abordar los principales aspectos del trabajo de Pedro Cabrita Reis (Lisboa, 1956) a través de series representativas como Compounds, Favorite Places, True Gardens o Foresta en un arco temporal que recorre tres décadas. La muestra se articula por medio de una treintena de obras que ocupan el vestíbulo y las plantas baja y primera del CGAC, junto con intervenciones site specific en el exterior del edificio. Las obras reunidas dan cuenta de su extensaproducción artística, que evidencia el potencial dialéctico de su trabajo, entre referencias a principios constructivistas y procesuales, cuestiones formales minimalistas y el uso prominente del objeto preexistente.


El sentido de la obra de Cabrita Reis, implícito en el título de la muestra, es el resultado de su particular mirada, en una permanente reflexión plástica y filosófica. Cabrita practica un modo de pensamiento que se encuentra entre las premisas ontológicas y los planteamientos empíricos, relacionado con aquello que no resulta tan evidente y que alude a la existencia, a lo sustancial de la naturaleza del ser. La base de su trabajo se sitúa en la reflexión antropológica sobre el comportamiento social a través del espacio y del tiempo. Pero, lejos de la perspectiva científica del análisis sociológico, el método de Cabrita se basa en la capacidad de concebir el mundo de manera simbólica. Para ello utiliza un engranaje conceptual ligado a las ideas filosóficas de transitoriedad, existencia y memoria, reflexionando sobre lo esencial desde la evidencia de la finitud de la vida.



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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


Lisbon, 1956

Lives and works in Lisbon


Cabrita’s complex work can be characterized by an idiosyncratic philosophical and poetical discourse embracing a great variety of means: painting, photography, drawing, and sculptures composed of industrial materials and found objects.


His work has steadily received international acknowledgement, thus becoming crucial and decisive for the understanding of sculpture from the mid-1980’s onwards. By using simple materials that are submitted to constructive processes, Cabrita recycles almost anonymous reminiscences of primordial gestures and actions repeated in everyday life. Centered in questions relative to space and memory, his works gain a suggestive power of association which reach a metaphorical dimension by going beyond the visual.


The complex theoretical and formal diversity of the work of Cabrita proceeds from an anthropological reflection, which is contrary to the reductionism of sociological discourse. In fact, it is on silences and indagations that the work of Cabrita is based and built on.

The Lisbon Totem #3, 2017

Opening: 26.9, 7 pm 

Exhibition October – November



We are pleased to announce Pedro Cabrita Reis´ first exhibition in our gallery, presenting a selection of recent works of sculpture, paintings and photography.


The work by Cabrita Reis includes a great variety of media, varying from photography and drawing to large-scale paintings and sculptures, composed of industrial and often found materials, as in the case of Floresta, 2017, which we are presenting in the exhibition, and they frequently reach architectural dimensions. In this exhibition, we encounter works made of different materials such as steel, wood, aluminium, glass, enamel, bronze and acrylic. In the words of the artist, “Everything that exists is material which can be used in the construction of a work of art”. Consequently, he does not establish hierarchies between the objects and materials he work with. For Cabrita Reis, the material is the way of looking and thinking that changes everything.


Cabrita Reis´ work investigates the limits between architecture, sculpture, painting and photography, while he primarily considers himself a painter. His work is three-dimentional, often very personal and aim to alter, define or question the limits of spatiality. The meaning remains mysterious and fascinating. The contemplation takes form in the material, reaching the spectator, provoking new questions and linking imagination to experience.


Pedro Cabrita Reis began his career in the 1980s, as one of the most distinguished artists of his generation, introducing an universe of archaic and mythical references, collective memory and individual revelation. His works have had a great impact on the Portuguese and international culture, incorporating, into the more radical modern heritage, the possibility of returning to more traditional artistic disciplines: drawing, painting and sculpture.