Julião Sarmento

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Julião Sarmento (* 1948, † 2021, Lisbon, Portugal) is considered the most important contemporary artist of Portugal. The Lisbon-born artist held a lectureship at the art academy in Kitakyūshū, Japan, and Munich. His work of art has gained increasing attention since he represented Portugal at the Biennale di Venezia in 1997. He has been dealing with conceptual art since the 70s by developing ambiguous installations and collage that combine photography, video, mass media, painting, sculpture and drawing. From 1980 onwards he also created pure paintings and drawings, which are characterised by their interplay of pastose paint applications and fine lines. The human body and its expression are central in his work and the imagery is often linked with subjects like violence, death and Eros. In the context of certain solo exhibitions the artist works on specific series. For example the exhibition “Books & Films” at the Galerie Klüser featured works that were originated for this show in particular. The gallery has been representing Sarmento since 1986 and is the publisher of several of his editions and catalogues. Since 1979 Sarmento’s work has been displayed in many exhibitions in Europe, America and Japan. The Haus der Kunst in Munich devoted a large retrospective with 80 works to the artist in 1997.

Biography

*1948, Lissabon, † 2021, Lisbon, Portugal. Galerie Klüser has been representing Julião Sarmento since 1986. The gallery has shown his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has supported and organized many museum exhibitions. Furthermore Galerie Klüser is the editor of a large number of his editions and has published many catalogues on the artist.

Biography

 
1967-1970Studies at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal
1974-1976Studies at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal

Selected Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

 
2020IL MONDO UMANO, Group Show
2016JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2009/10BOOKS & FILMS, Solo Show
2008REFLECTIONS ON LIGHT – 30 YEARS GALERIE BERND KLÜSER, Group Show
2007DRAWINGS, Group Show
2006KUNST UND PHOTOGRAPHIE, PHOTOGRAPHIE UND KUNST, Group Show
2005SELECTED DRAWINGS, Group Show
2004SONDERAKTION GRAPHIK UND BÜCHER, Group Show
BLOOMSDAY 16. JUNI 1904 – 16. JUNI 2004, Group Show
2003GRAPHISCHE SUITEN DER EDITION BERND KLÜSER, Group Show
1998VENENO, Solo Show
1994LAURA & ALICE
1990NEUE ARBEITEN, Solo Show
1988GNADENSTOß, Solo Show
1986NEUE ARBEITEN, Group Show

Selected (Solo and Group) Exhibitions

WHITE NIGHTS – A RETROSPECTIVE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Solo Show  
2019EXPANDED, Biennale di Venezia, Venedig, Italy, Group Show
2017DESERT EXHIBITION OF ART, Palm Springs, USA, Group Show
2016AS SOON AS IT GETS, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Solo Show
JULIÃO SARMENTO. LA CHOSE MÊME – THE REAL THING, Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France, Solo Show
2015/16GUEST OR HOST?, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Solo Show
2015JULIÃO SARMENTO: SHADOW PIECES ON BODY FRAMES, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, Solo Show
2014JULIÃO SARMENTO, MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nizza, France, Solo Show
THE SELECTIVE GLANCE, GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, Solo Show
2013ÍNDEX, MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal, Solo Show
2012/13WHITE NIGHTS – A RETROSPECTIVE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Solo Show
2012ARTISTS AND WRITERS / HOUSE AND HOME, CAC Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, USA, Group Show
2011LIBRARY, CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA, Group Show
ARTISTS AND WRITERS / HOUSE AND HOME, Parrish Art Museum, New York, USA, Group Show
CLOSE DISTANCE / DISTANCIAS CORTAS, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, Solo Show
2010SOLO DISPLAY OF WORKS, Tate Modern Collection, London, UK, Solo Show
JULIÃO SARMENTO – 2000-2010, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain, Solo Show
2009GRACE UNDER PRESSURE, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brasilien, Solo Show
LACAN’S ASSUMPTION E TOILE, Espaço BES Arte & Finança, Lisbon, Portugal, Solo Show
2006WITHHOLDING WORKS 1994-2006, Fundación Marcelino, Botín, Santander, Spain, Solo Show
2004ECHO, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Solo Show
2002WORKS FROM THE ’70s, MNAC – Museo do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal, Solo Show
2000FLASHBACK, Recommended Institution Centro de Arte Modern, José de Azeredo Perdigão – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, Solo Show
1999JULIÃO SARMENTO,Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, Solo Show
DIRECTIONS – FUNDAMENTAL ACCURACY, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA, Solo Show

Collections

 
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
SFMoMA, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
The Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico and others

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