João Penalva news

João Penalva news

Image: Annette, Adele, and Lee

Annette, Adele, and Lee

Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva
Teatro Camões, Lisbon
16 - 19 May, 2019

Annette, Adele, and Lee is the title of the new ballet by Rui Lopes Graça and João Penalva for the National Ballet of Portugal. 

The three proper names of the title may suggest a love triangle, but this is not a narrative ballet. They are, in fact, the names of three tap dance dancers recorded in a London sound studio in order to produce the material with which David Cunningham was to compose the sound for this ballet.

The classical ballet trained dancers we see dance to the sound of their tap dancing peers. As for these, we can only imagine them and wonder what they may look like. However, the thirty minutes of great complexity of sound and choreographic patterns in which their presence is continuous will make their names memorable.

It could be said that Annette, Adele, and Lee is, after all, a story of dancers.

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Image: Deep deep down, far far in (and out)

Deep deep down, far far in (and out)

João Penalva
Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon
15 May - 15 December, 2019

“What you are basically deep deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself” - Alan Watts

Deep deep down, far far in (and out) is an exhibition curated by Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues, that presents a selection of sixteen works by twelve artists, among them João Penalva, all belonging to the collection of the Fundação Leal Rios, arranged along two floors and four environments. Deepening the relationship between two different movements, one introspective and the other expansive, the notion of focus shares the stage with the idea of inclusiveness, and each work calls for both an individual and a collective reading.

For more information, please click here.

Exhibition View: João Penalva, Deep deep down, far far in (and out), Fundação Leal Rios, 2019 

Photo credit: © João Penalva and Fundação Leal Rios 

Photography: Bruno Lopes

Image: Drawing Biennial 2019

Drawing Biennial 2019

João Penalva
Drawing Room, London
20 February – 26 March, 2019

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper, including João Penalva's work. 

Auction: 11 March 10am – 26 March 9.30pm

For more information, please click here

Image: João Penalva, Piet Mondrian, Monsieur, 2019

Image: (YOU) Can Speak in the Plura Form

(YOU) Can Speak in the Plura Form

João Penalva
Culturgest Foundation Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon
3 – 17 March, 2019

In October 2018, Caixa Geral de Depósitos employees joined curator Filipa Oliveira’s project of putting together an exhibition of works of the CGD Collection, among them João Penalva's work. The purpose was to go through the method of curating an exhibition and to show how works of art are understood, chosen and installed. It is now time for the 21 amateur curators to show the results of their learning and their findings.

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Image: João Penalva, Piet Mondrian, (YOU — To be read as “ME”?), 1997

Photography: Laura Castro Caldas / Paulo Cintra

Image: The Source: Works From The South London Gallery Collection

The Source: Works From The South London Gallery Collection

João Penalva
South London Gallery, London
8 March - 26 May, 2019

This display in the first floor galleries of the Fire Station focuses on some of the artists, that ensured that The South London Fine Art Gallery had a permanent home, among them João Penalva, their belief in social reform through art, literature and learning, and the ongoing legacy of their work.

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Image: João Penalva, The Hair of Mr Ruskin, 1997, collection of the South London Gallery

Photo credit: Courtesy the artist and the Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal.

Photography: Mário Valente

Image: The Gaze of Things: Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke

The Gaze of Things: Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke

João Penalva and Daido Moriyama
Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, València, Spain
22 February, 2019 - 2 February, 2020

The Gaze of Things: Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke shows a selection of works from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, that constitutes the most important private collection of Japanese photography between 1957 and 1972 outside Japan. The exhibition brings together a selection of images that focuses on the artists, among them João Penalva, involved in the formation of VIVO (1959-1961), as well as the collective responsible for Provoke magazine (Provocative Materials for Thought) (1968). 

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Installation View: João Penalva, Simon Lee Gallery, London 2015

Image: STANLEY

STANLEY

João Penalva
Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, Portugal
29 September - 9 December 2018

João Penalva alludes to the life and work of Stanley Brouwn through a collection of measuring tools and devices, photographs, Brouwn’s artist books and catalogues, and a new artist book produced for this exhibition.

For more information, please click here.  

Image: Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo

João Penalva
Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg
15 September 2018

On the occasion of his major solo exhibition at MUDAM Luxembourg, the National Ballet of Portugal will perform Fifteen Dancers and Changeable Tempo at the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg on 15 September - a ballet created and directed by João Penalva. As an introduction to the performance João Penalva will be in conversation with choreographer Rui Lopes Graça and researcher Carla Montez Fernandes at MUDAM on 12 September.

For more information, please click here.  

Image: João Penalva

João Penalva

Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
7 July - 23 September 2018

João Penalva’s project for Culturgest in Porto addresses the history of the exhibition space, a renovated former bank designed by seminal Portuguese architect Pardal Monteiro. The original space is represented by theatrical interpretations by scenic painters and prop makers and the original bas-reliefs, which were removed from the building to make room for a new white cube, return for Penalva’s exhibition.

For more information please visit the Culturgest website.

Image: João Penalva

João Penalva

João Penalva
Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg City
3 March - 16 September 2018

Mudam Luxembourg will present a major solo exhibition of work by João Penalva. The exhibition will present a wide range of work alongside largescale installations, and will combine a diverse range of materials and media from photography and documents, to text and sound. 

 For more information, please click here.  

Image: Ornament = Crime?

Ornament = Crime?

Hans-Peter Feldmann, Bernard Frize, João Penalva & Heimo Zobernig
Bombas Gens Centre d'Art, Valencia, Spain
8 July 2017 - 25 February 2018
Ornament = Crime? is the first public presentation of the Per Amor a l’Art collection at Bombas Gens Centre d'Art. Curated by Nuria Enguita and Vicente Todol&i…
Image: Whither the Winds

Whither the Winds

João Penalva & Jim Shaw
Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
20 May - 17 September 2017
A group exhibition organized on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Malmö Art Academy and including work by Jim Shaw and João Penalva. For more inf…