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Rui Aguiar, Estudo nº 3 para Grande painel metálico, 1989

‘The Return of the Object’ presents a selection of works by eight artists who launched their careers during the 1980s. They testify a general reaction to the predominance of minimal and conceptual art in the previous decades. This reaction took the form of a notable return to painting and sculpture and the use of traditional materials, namely iron, bronze and wood. This decade also witnessed a revival of classical themes related to the history of art, a reappearance of figurative and metaphoric imagery together with poetic or evocative titles, and an association with applied arts and popular culture.
This diversity is connected to the early stages of globalization, placing very different cultures in contact and fostering their mutual influence. This exhibition is an opportunity to look anew at the art of this decade that represented the end of isolationism that the dictatorship had inculcated in Portugal, leading to an increasing synchronism with the international art world.
‘The Return of the Object’ in Edifício Villa Moraes is part of a programme of exhibitions and sited presentations of works from the Serralves Collection that furthers the museum’s aim of making the collection visible and accessible to a broader public around the country.
Exhibition organized by Fundação de Serralves and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto.
Palacete Villa Moraes

4990-150 Pte. de Lima, Portugal

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