Pedro Cabrita Reis
29 December — 30 December 2018
“This is not a job, it’s a vocation.” – Pedro Cabrita Reis
The transformations of the sector, of roles and of the social response to art over time are not given by opportunities but by the ability to transmit that something extra to the world.
Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon 1956). His first works are paintings of everyday objects placed in mysterious settings, but since the 1980s his production has been directed towards sculpture and installations. Starting from the architectural space that surrounds it, he uses common objects (chairs and tables) which he combines with industrial materials (neon lamps and bricks) to create abstract creations; his goal is to make the viewer interact with the new spaces he organizes. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta IX (1992), the 45th Venice Biennale inside the Portuguese pavilion (1995) and as a soloist (1997). In 2003 he represented Portugal at the 50th Venice Biennale exhibiting two installations; in 2006 he presented a site-specific installation at the Macro in Rome. In 2009 he participated in the 10th Lyon Biennale and, in the same year, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presented an important retrospective with a selection of his work starting from 1985, One after another: a few silent steps, with about 60 sculptures, including large-format installations, paintings, drawings and photographs. The traveling exhibition moved in 2010 to the Museum carré d’art in Nimes, France, and in 2011 to the M-Museum in Louvain, Belgium, ending at the Berrardo Museum in Lisbon. In January 2012, the first monograph dedicated to him in Spain, Los Rojos, ended at the Ivorypress gallery in Madrid. The works of C. R. can be found in the main international collections.