“Fluxo e Metamorfose” is “what a collection is made of” by the Center for Contemporary Art of Coimbra

    In the second exhibition presented by the CACC, abstractionism is “the great nucleus” that unites the collection. Mário Cesariny, Peter Zimmermann and Helena Almeida are some of the artists on display. By Ana Rita Baptista and Marília Lemos

    “Fluxo e Metamorfose” is the title of the second exhibition of the trilogy “What is a collection made of?” of the Center for Contemporary Art of Coimbra (CACC). The exhibition started today, April 9, at 5 pm and will be open to the public until June 20. The works presented belong to the Contemporary Art Collection of the State, which was offered for 25 years to the municipality of Coimbra.

    The exhibition features artistic works such as paintings and photographs, which all relate to each other “from a conceptual and formal point of view”, as explained by José Maçãs de Carvalho, curator at CACC and professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Coimbra (UC) . The first part of the exhibition trilogy was presented on July 4, 2020, entitled “Corpo e Matéria”. “Fluxo e Metamorfose”, theme and title of the second collection, is represented by pure and geometric abstractionism.

    According to José Maçãs de Carvalho, the exhibition is divided into three rooms, “on an upward path”. The first room, composed of paintings with very intense and three-dimensional colors, was “built in an impactful way”, he explains. In the second room, “this intensity is attenuated, and a more subdued color abstraction and geometric abstraction are introduced”, he continues. The third floor, on the other hand, “is a synthesis of the entire exhibition”, as it features works from all these areas, and ends with one by Helena Almeida, the only one in which there is figuration.

    This second exhibition features works by Peter Zimmermann, Catalans Antoni Muntadas and Antoni Tàpies and the late Portuguese artist Fernando Calhau. Also present is the painter Jason Martin, who lives between London and Comporta, and several other artists. The curator also highlights the works in presentation by Helena Almeida and the paintings by Ilda David and Mário Cesariny.

    According to José Maçãs de Carvalho, “CACC’s expectations remain high despite the pandemic context”. For him, this is due to the fact that the center had “an extraordinary number of visitors” – about three thousand between July and November. He also reports that he considers “the location of the building essential for this to be possible”, since it is centralized in the medieval city

    @ A Cabra

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