Loulé opens exhibitions simultaneously to provide double art to the public

The idea is that the public can move between the two exhibition spaces, which are 300 meters apart.

Photo: António Ventura

The exhibitions “Tinha uma Pedra”, by Miguel Horta, and “A um distance Certo”, by Diogo Pimentão, will open tomorrow, the 22nd, at 18pm, at the Municipal Gallery of the Convento de Santo António and at Associação Alfaia, respectively.

The launch of the exhibitions was purposely scheduled for the same time, since the spaces in which they take place are “about 300 meters away from each other, allowing the public to walk around the exhibitions, discovering and enjoying these two proposals for contemporary art linked by Drawing as an autonomous artistic practice", according to Loulé City Council, which promotes the exhibitions, in cooperation with Associação Alfaia.

The two exhibitions, curated by Miguel Cheta, will have free entry and will be attended by the artists at the opening.

“At a certain distance” can be seen until November 18th and “Had a stone” until October 28th.

The two artists who will exhibit work in Loulé, «although they approach drawing in a substantially different way, have points of clear convergence in the exhibitions they present in Loulé».

The objective of these two openings simultaneously «is to promote the participation of the public that already usually flocks to Loulé due to its strong cultural dynamics», while at the same time encouraging new audiences «to visit the city and the municipality».

Diogo Pimentão (Lisbon, 1973) had a short residency in Alfaia, where he produced some of the works included in this exhibition. The artist lives and works in London since 2012. He studied drawing at Ar.Co (Center for Art and Visual Communication), in Lisbon. His work is represented in most national public and private collections of contemporary art.

«The strength of Pimentão’s work lies in his curiosity and fascination with the materiality of paper. His constructions are located on the border between drawing and sculpture. At first glance, some minimalist objects appear to have been molded from metal rather than folded paper. The graphite surfaces sparkle in the light, shining, looking like polished lead.

Pimentão's works challenge all properties of what they appear to be, raising many more questions than answers. The creation of the work is rhythmically and performatively an integral part of it, a performance that, at times, is assumed as such and thus shared with the public», describes Câmara de Loulé.

Miguel Horta's drawing (1959) «is also a mapping of his journey, clearly reflecting his contact with the engraving technique and with the spoken and written word and with performance».

«The exhibition “There was a stone” is part of an exploration around the poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade. The stone was the object chosen for this research, the pretext for the pencil to talk about the paper. It is true that it brings geology and the universe with it, but it projects much more, bringing together the public», they say.

Miguel Horta attended Ar.Co, Cooperativa Gravura and Maria Keil's illustration studio, in the areas of painting, drawing and performance. He has a varied exhibition route, in Portugal and other countries.

He was represented in several contemporary art collections, namely in the collection of CAM/Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Kiscelli Museum (Budapest), FCT – Monte da Caparica, BMW (Regensburg – Germany), Fidelidade Grupo Segurador, Fundação Mário Soares. Children's author/illustrator and cultural mediator. He has carried out oral storytelling activities in the most varied contexts.

He is also a trainer and mediator for Inclusion.

“At a certain distance” can be visited until November 18th, Thursday and Friday, from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm, and on Saturday, from 10:30 am to 13:30 pm and from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm

“Had a Pedra” will be open to the public until October 28th, at the following times: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 13:30 pm and from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm.