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O desenho como pensamento at Centro de Artes de Águeda: Mais nada se move em cima do papel

nothing else moves on the paper
no eye of iridescent ink can foresee
the destiny of this body
Al Berto

Mais nada se move em cima do papel is part of O desenho como pensamento – a cycle of exhibitions and talks that is taking place in Águeda since the end of last year – and is on view at Centro de Artes de Águeda until May 23.

It is a cross-sectional programme, albeit limited to drawing. This cycle underlines the latter’s importance in the creative process, going beyond technique itself. According to the exhibition curator Alexandre Baptista, “O desenho como pensamento contains several exhibitions, where different artists, with distinct conceptual languages, privilege drawing in their work, not only as a two-dimensional graphic record in a traditional physical support – paper – but also in a more project-driven, three-dimensional representation, using technological means and other supports to allow new readings and discussions.”

Águeda hosts several exhibitions of some of the most renowned national artists – who privilege or use drawing in their work, although not always in the most obvious way. We find that in the eighteen individual exhibitions, but not only. There are two group exhibitions: O desenho na Coleção Norlinda e José Lima (uma seleção), curated by João Silvério, at the Aveiro University Library; and Mais nada se move em cima do papel, curated by Sara Antónia Matos, at Centro de Artes de Águeda, which is about to end.

The starting point is the first verse of a poem written by Al Berto. According to the curator, this exhibition wants to establish a dialogue between “the works of artists, who, over the years, in their paths and languages, have worked drawing as an interdisciplinary register or even transversal in relation to their practices. The works exhibited allow us to see that drawing translates an anterior condition, not that tangible, comparable to the act of thinking. As if the gesture or intuition that precedes the stroke moved or hovered above the paper, to then appear in two and three-dimensional supports, with sculptural, sound, atmospheric and spatial formulations.”

It is a dialogue between Alberto Carneiro, Ângela Ferreira, António Bolota, Fernanda Fragateiro, Joana Escoval, Jorge Feijão, Julião Sarmento, Júlio Pomar, Luisa Cunha, Luís Paulo Costa, Nuno Sousa Vieira, Pedro Tropa, Rita Ferreira, Rita Gaspar Vieira, Rui Chafes, Rui Sanches, Sara Bichão, Sara Chang Yan and Teresa Segurado Pavão. After the state of emergency and the inevitable closure, Centro de Artes de Águeda gives us a last chance to visit this exhibition until May 23. You may also visit it on a virtual tour.

O desenho como pensamento continues its programme of talks. This afternoon, at Café Concerto of Centro de Artes de Águeda (6 pm), Alexandre Baptista, Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro, Luís Paulo Costa and Sara Antónia Matos will meet to discuss O desenho como prática artística. Admission is free, but registration is required.

André Lemos Pinto, Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro and Miguel Ângelo Rocha inaugurate their individual exhibitions tomorrow: Beyond Time by André Lemos Pinto at Espaço Santos (4.30 pm) and Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Águeda (5 pm); …Life Stories_Short by Gabriela Vaz-Pinheiro at Salão de Chá of Parque da Alta Vila (5.30 pm); and Calcium by Miguel Ângelo Rocha at Sala Estúdio of Centro de Artes de Águeda (6 pm).

Check the complete programme on the website page of Centro de Artes de Águeda.

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