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Alexandre Estrela

Lisbon, Portugal. 1971
View of Mire d’essai de fixité, 2019
Commissioned by Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Photo: Bruno Lopes.
View of Mire d’essai de fixité, 2019
Commissioned by Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Photo: Bruno Lopes.
Um Mês Acordado, 2018
Exhibition view of Um Mês Acordado, Indipendenza, Rome. 2019. Photo: Luis Rosario.
Universal Score, 2019
Exhibition view of Um Mês Acordado, Indipendenza, Rome. 2019. Photo: Luis Rosario.
Van Allen Belt, 2019
Exhibition view of Um Mês Acordado, Indipendenza, Rome. 2019. Photo: Luis Rosario.
Águas de Março, 2019
Exhibition view of Volta Grande, Pivô, São Paulo. 2019. Photo: Everton Ballardin.
Ecos da Figura Interna, 2019
Exhibition view of Volta Grande, Pivô, São Paulo. 2019. Photo: Everton Ballardin.
Pockets of Silence (Part I), 2015
Exhibition view of Pockets of Silence, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. 2015.
Pockets of Silence (Part I), 2015
Exhibition view of Pockets of Silence, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. 2015.
Pockets of Silence (Part II), 2015
Exhibition view of Pockets of Silence, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. 2015.
Vida y costumbres de Alexandre, 2015
Exhibition view of Pockets of Silence, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. 2015.
L’ours (ON), 2013
Exhibition view of Meio Concreto, Museu Serralves, Porto. 2013. Photo: André Cepeda.
L’ours (OFF), 2013
Exhibition view of Meio Concreto, Museu Serralves, Porto. 2013. Photo: André Cepeda.

Alexandre Estrela’s work is an investigation on the essence of images that expands spatially and temporally through different supports. In his videos and installations Estrela examines the subject’s psychological reactions to images in their interaction with matter. Each piece has several layers to which we are initiated step by step. The works are not just there to be watched, but rather to be unfolded. Each piece convokes synesthetic experiences, visual and sound illusions, aural and chromatic sensations that function as perceptive traps, leading the subject towards conceptual levels. With this strategy Estrela is constantly problematising the elements that constitute the act of perceiving, splitting vision into further sensible dimensions towards the unseen and the unheard.

Selected solo exhibitions include Um Mês Acordado, curated by Gerard Faggionato at Indipendenza, Rome, 2019; All and Everything, Den Frie, Copenhagen, 2019;  Volta Grande, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas at Pivô, 2019, São Paulo; Métal Hurlant, curated by Sérgio Mah at Fondation Gulbenkian, 2019, Paris;  Lua Cão (with João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva), a project initiated in 2017 by Galeria Zé Dos Bois in Lisbon, that traveled to the Kunstverein München, and concluded at La Casa Encendida in Madrid in January 2019; Knife in the Water, 2018, at Travesía Cuatro, Madrid; Ouro Mouro, 2018, at the Quetzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal; Baklite, 2017, at CAV Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal; Cápsulas de silencio, 2016, within the Fisuras Program, at the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Roda Lume, 2016, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp, M HKA, Belgium; Meio Concreto, 2013, at Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal; Um homem entre quatro paredes, 2013, at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil; The Sunspot Circle, 2013, at The Flat Time House, London, UK, among others.

The artist has also participated in numerous group shows in institutions and biennales such as: Anozero – Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, 2017, curated by Luíza Teixeira da Freitas; L’exposition d’un Rêve, 2017, at Gulbenkian Foundation Paris, ACMI Melbourne and TATE Modern, a project by Mathieu Copeland; Hallucinations, Documenta 14, 2017, Athens, a festival curated by Ben Russel, etc.

His work is included in the following international collections: Fundación Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain); Colección Inelcom (Spain); Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal); Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea — Museu do Chiado (Portugal); Fundação Telecom (Portugal); Fundação Serralves (Portugal); António Cachola Collection (Portugal); MAAT — Museum of Art Technology and Architecture (Portugal);  Taguchi Art Collection (Japan), Aveline de Bruin Collection (Netherlands), among others.

Since 2007, Alexandre Estrela is the director and programmer of a non-profit art venue in Lisbon called Oporto.

The Golden Record (All and Everything)
2017. 4/3 Full HD video, projected on half sphere, stereo sound.
Aquario
2010. Video projection, Plexiglass screen, paper, colour, stereo sound Music: Alvin Lucier, Barbecue Grill
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein. Munich. Germany.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Roda Lume
2016. M HKA. Antwerp. Brussels
Le Moiré
2010. Video projection, DVD (PAL), glass screen, colour, mono sound, loop.
O Som No Ar, 2010, Plexiglass, paper, HD projector, mono sound
Meio Concreto
2013. Serralves Musem. Porto. Portugal.
Flauta
2010. Full HD anaglyphic video projection, colour, mono sound, loop, wooden structure.
Lua Cão
2018. With João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. Kunstverein, Munich. Germany.
Solar Watch
2006, Video projection on aluminium sculpture, s/ som.
Vidro Duplo
2018, Glass, transducer, HD projector, media player.
Knife in the water
2018. Travesia Cuatro. Madrid. Spain.
Ikebana
Film. Variable dimensions.
I to Infinity
2006. Single channel video projection on screen, DVD (PAL), color, silent, endless.
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SALA DE ARTE SANTANDER, MADRID, SP | Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake & Alexandre Estrela

Mateo López, Jose Dávila, Jorge Méndez Blake and Alexandre Estrela are part of a group exhibition  “There will never be a door. You are inside.” curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas at Sala de Arte Santander will remain on view until June 9th. 

LA CASA ENCENDIDA, MADRID, SPAIN | ALEXANDRE ESTRELA

The exhibition Lua Cão at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, will host the work of portuguese artists Alexandre Estrela and João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva. The immersive experience will begin on the 10th October, until the 5th January 2019.

PUBLICATIONS | LUA CAO | ALEXANDRE ESTRELA | KUNSTVEREIN MUNICH

Publication of the exhibition book  Lua Cão
ALEXANDRE ESTRELA
Kunstverein Munich
available at the museum’s bookshop