The second of a new exhibition programme which reaffirms the historic art deco building of Serralves Villas as a privileged location for artists. This will be the first exhibition in Portugal of the work of the American artist, Trisha Donnelly (San Francisco, 1974).
In Serralves, Donnelly will create an inspirational project based on the unique qualities of the Villa and its relationship with the surrounding gardens, thereby introducing subtle lighting and sound effects. Based in New York and one of the most influential artists of her generation, her artistic practice includes actions, photographs, video, sound and sculpted objects, wherein the artist removes all the autonomy and artistic stability from these media. Donnelly is best known for her site-specific exhibitions, wherein the architecture of the space becomes an integral part of the work, and for immersive installations in which the traditional boundaries between very different media are blurred and where abstraction and representation merge together, as demonstrated by her videos, absolutely anti-narrative works in which reality emerges. The experience of her exhibitions is intensely individual, wherein the act of understanding is replaced by a fluid association of ideas, which develops according to the synthesis of memories, insights and experiences that constitute the subjective outlook of each viewer.
Trisha Donnelly has staged solo exhibitions in some of the best-known artistic institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2013); Portikus, Frankfurt (2010); the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (2009); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2009); the Centre d'édition contemporain, Geneva (2008); the Douglas Hyde Museum, Dublin (2008); the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (2008); the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (2008); and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (2007? 08). In 2013 Donnelly participated in the 55th Venice Biennale. She was nominated for the Hugo Boss Art Prize in 2012 and awarded the prestigious photography prize from the LUMA Foundation in 2010.
The "Trisha Donnelly" exhibition is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and curated by the museum’s director, Suzanne Cotter.
July 1 - September 10, 2016