Works by Costa Pinheiro are shown at the Museum of Faro

Paintings and drawings by the artist who lived in the Algarve

An important set of paintings and drawings by Costa Pinheiro make up the exhibition that opens this Saturday, the 12th, at 18:00, at the Municipal Museum of Faro. “The Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves in the work of Costa Pinheiro” is the title of the exhibition, which is curated by Mirian Nogueira Tavares, professor at the University of Algarve and coordinator of CIAC – Center for Research in Arts and Communication.

The exhibition, which will be open to the public until June 5, shows the work of this artist, who lived in the Algarve region, after returning from Munich, the city where he lived for many years.

The works, belonging to the collection of Galerista Mário Roque, predate the works shown for the first time, in the 60s of the XNUMXth century. XX, in this German city.

«This is a way of the region that the artist chose to live, after returning from his German exile, to keep alive the memory of someone who, constantly, destroyed barriers and built a unique path in Contemporary Art», explains Mirian Tavares.

For the curator, the show reveals «a journey full of memories and revisits to a country that is so hers, but also foreign».

And he adds: «with its kings, queens, infantes and a notable knight, Costa Pinheiro makes us think about what Bachelard wrote: “It will be necessary, consequently, from the point of view of life itself, to try to understand the past through the present, far from incessantly trying to explain the present by the past”.

Costa Pinheiro (1932-2015), born in Moura, attended Liceu Camões and the António Arroio School of Decorative Arts, in Lisbon.

In 1957, he obtained a scholarship from the Bavarian Ministry of Culture to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

Returning to Lisbon in 1958, he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and traveled to Paris. It was in the French capital that, in 1960, he lived with Vieira da Silva and Arpad Szenes and founded the group and the magazine KWY in the company of Lourdes Castro, Gonçalo Duarte, José Escada, René Bertholo, João Vieira, the Bulgarian Christo Javajeffe and the German Jan Voss.

In the same year, the first Portuguese exhibition of KWY was inaugurated at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, with the good reception of the Lisbon press. With KYW's adventure over, he began to travel between Munich and Paris, far from the Portuguese art scene.

In 1964 he began to paint Reis, a series that would reveal one of the traits of his work. Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, he exhibited numerous times in Portugal and abroad (mainly in Munich), namely at the Kunst + Kommunikation Gallery, Munich (1992, 1993, 1996-1997), at the Centro de Arte Moderna da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (1989) and at Casa de Serralves, Porto (1990). In 2001 he receives the Grand Prix Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante.