The Municipal Museum of Tavira / Palácio da Galeria reopens on April 10 with the curatorial project «Contra-Parede», by Hugo Dinis, with works in dialogue by the artists Ana Vidigal, Nuno Nunes-Ferreira and Pedro Gomes.
The exhibition can be visited until July 10, from Tuesday to Saturday, between 9:15 am and 4:30 pm, with free entry.
“Starting from a wide-ranging discussion around the wall as a privileged place for intervention in the public space, the artists propose to question the architectural space in which the works are presented”, says the Tavira municipality.
At the same time, considering the social, historical, cultural and political space in which the museum equipment is inserted, the works will promote “a fruitful dialogue on the role of art within the local communities in which they present themselves”.
Ana Vidigal, addressing domestic and feminist issues in her work, developed works that imply a humorous political sense and that question the pertinent debate between the public and private domains.
Through intervention in bricks and tiles in manufactured clay from Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, the artist uses local popular culture in favor of an inclusive discourse on equality and diversity.
Nuno Nunes-Ferreira, using his immense archive of newspapers and magazines, created a mural, entitled «The word», which alludes to the political issues of the Estado Novo and the prevalence of freedom, where the voice and the individual discourse meet as a community good.
The artist will also present the unprecedented work «Slaughter of the fishing fleet», which, through the construction of a wall of dossiers from the archive of the Association of Canned Fish and the presentation of the 1986 Diário da República, in which it was published the diploma for the slaughter of boats makes reference to the Portuguese policy on maritime resources.
Also by the same artist, the video “Virus” will be presented, which establishes the contemporary nature of the exhibition in this time of pandemic.
Pedro Gomes exhibits drawings by modules, images that can be extended as wallpaper, which confront the architectural space through representations of the historical museographic devices recurring between the 19th century and the 20th century white cube.
In this great installation, “the lines of the drawings become three-dimensional shapes and spaces that submerge the viewer” and the artist also displays a mural made with chemical papers, thus revealing his work methodology.
“Adding the prefix‘ against ’to‘ wall ’ironically uses contradiction to breach a confrontation with institutions that arise through architectural structures and their meanings of power. By covering the wall and occupying almost the entire exhibition space, the works present in the «Contra-Parede» project gain visibility space which, through the active intervention of the artists and the public as informed spectators, reveal themselves to be subverted spaces of counterpower ” , finishes the space.
Access to the Municipal Museum of Tavira is conditioned to the aspects of individual security and maximum capacity in the rooms in accordance with the rules issued by the General Directorate of Health, the use of a mask is mandatory.