Renato Ferrão: Für Fur Fur Fúria de Viver
26 january — 7 april 2024
Curator: Andreia Magalhães

Throughout his artistic career Renato Ferrão has worked in the broad field of sculpture. Until 2010, a significant proportion of his sculptures were everyday objects, suspended by elastic bands and extension cables, exploring tension phenomena that defy the laws of gravity and interact with the exhibition space. Over recent years, his work has extended to the fields of image reproduction and projection, created from projectors he builds with lenses and mechanical and electronic systems. The exhibition at the Centro de Arte Oliva is his most extensive exhibition to date, offering a comprehensive overview of his oeuvre. It presents key projects from his career, some of which have been reconstructed and reassembled for this exhibition space, together with new works, including the narrative installation, Fúria de Viver (Thirst for Life).

Exhibition patron: Ilídio Pinho Foundation

Renato Ferrão studied sculpture at FBAUP. He was one of the founding artists of the Salão Olímpico together with Carla Filipe, Eduardo Matos, Isabel Ribeiro and Rui Ribeiro. He has regularly exhibited his work since 1998, including exhibition projects in independent spaces such as Sismógrafo (Porto) and institutional spaces such as Serralves, Museu da Eletricidade, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Culturgest and Anozero, the Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2011, he was awarded the União Latina Plastic Arts Prize and in 2020 was nominated for the Amadeo Souza Cardoso Prize.

Andreia Magalhães is a collection manager, programmer and exhibition producer. In Portugal, she has worked at Museu da Faculdade de Belas Artes, Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. Magalhães also worked at the Netherlands Media Art Institute /MonteVideo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museum of Modern Art New York and San Francisco and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo. Between 2013 and 2016, she coordinated the Museology service at Museu do Douro; she is the director of Oliva Art Centre (São João da Madeira) since 2017. She holds a doctorate degree by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and has developed a part of the doctorate programme at MoMA New York. She is an Associate Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto.

The exhibition Gaëlle Rouard: escuridão flamejante is part of a line of programming developed at the Centro de Arte Oliva that seeks to stimulate work with artists and institutions that explore a dialogue between different disciplines and blur the boundaries between film, video, performance and installation.


February 11 | 15:00 | Visit with Miguel Almeida

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