UNDER CONSTRUCTION, Art and Architecture in Teixeira de Freitas Collection
Curator: Adriano Pedrosa
Under Construction is the first exhibition to present to the public a selection of works from the Lisbon-based Teixeira de Freitas Collection, coinciding with its 10th anniversary. The collection’s unique character lies above all in its consistent and coherent focus on contemporary artworks related to architecture. As such, the exhibition title has multiple meanings. Under Construction refers to the collection’s focus on architecture; to the fact that, as a contemporary art collection, it is in permanent growth, and, in the original Spanish en obras, the exhibition’s presentation of a group of artworks (obras). On view at TEA is about half of the collection’s holdings in a project conceived jointly with the Observatorio del Paisaje – Bienal de Canarias.
As a collecting criteria, architecture is a rich and multilayered concept, one that can be unfolded in several themes, encompassing different periods and media-sculpture, photography, video, painting, installation. More importantly, architecture possesses a complex formal level-connecting it to geometric abstraction and constructivism-as well as a narrativistic level-which is able to imbue it with many histories and narratives, from the personal to the political. In art, the theme is vast and historically wide-one could trace it back to the emergence of the vanishing point and perspective in Renaissance painting. However, it is in the 1960s that we can detect a turning point in the relationship between art and architecture.
The historical scope of Teixeira de Freitas Collection concentrates in the last two decades, with an emphasis on emerging artists. In addition, there are a group of historical artists who were active in the 1960s and 1970s, whose works function as historical matrixes for a number of themes and concepts in the collection. Sala B at TEA is divided into five rooms organized by themes, dealing with “boxes and cubes”, “architecture and the body”, “architecture in pieces”, “architectural typologies”, and “scale models, floor plans and rulers”; in the Cuarto Escuro, “photographic documentation of architecture”. In Sala C, five rooms are dedicated to some of the artists the collection has followed over the years, holding substantial groups of works: Emily Jacir, Damián Ortega, Juan Araujo, Luisa Lambri and Jorge Macchi.
Alexander Gutke, André Komatsu, Armando Andrade Tudela, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer, Carlos Garaicoa, Catherine Opie, Cildo Meireles, Cristi Pogacean, Damián Ortega, Dan Graham, Dorit Margreiter, Eduardo Consuegra, Emily Jacir, Enrique Metinides, Felix Schramm, Frank Thiel, Gabriel Orozco, Gabriel Sierra, Gabriele Basilico, Geraldine Lantieri, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gregor Schneider, Hans Haacke, Hans Peter Feldman, Helen Mirra, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Iran do Espírito Santo, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, João Louro, John Bock, Jonathan Monk, Jonathas de Andrade, Jorge Macchi, Jose Dávila, Juan Araujo, Julião Sarmento, Kirsten Pieroth, Luisa Lambri, Marcelo Cidade, Marcius Galan, Marepe, Marjetica Potrc, Mark Dion, Mateo López, Mauro Cerqueira, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Monica Bonvicini, Monica Sosnowska, Nicolas Róbbio, Olafur Eliasson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pedro Motta, Pedro Portugal, Pedro Reyes, Rita Mcbride, Rivane Neuenschwander, Robert Kinmont, Rochelle Costi, Sabine Hornig, Stanley Brouwn, Taisyr Batniji, Tamar Guimarães, Thomas Ruff, Tomas Struth, Tony Cruz, Valdirlei Dias Nunes, Vangelis Vlahos, Vito Acconci, Walid Raad y Wilhelm Schurmann.