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Alexandre da Cunha

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sculpture, conceptual

"Alexandre da Cunha recycles discarded objects and defunct consumer items—everything from old furniture to beach towels and car wheel hubs—to create his sculptures. These cheap, throwaway materials often take on a functional appearance. In a sense, Da Cunha improvises on the concept of the readymade by reusing everyday objects in ways that reflect on those objects' specific histories and aesthetics. The artist is concerned with issues of formalism, such as shape, technique, and materiality, but his practice also has an essential playfulness and humor. Moreover, it expresses a wider concern with the human condition, in particular a critique of the distribution of wealth in his native Brazil."

Text Courtesy Gasworks.


Lives and works in London

1969 Born in Rio de Janeiro
1992-96 Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado - FAAP Sao Paulo
1998-99 Royal College of Art
1999-00 MA Chelsea College of Art

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
Camden Arts Centre, London
Vilma Gold, London
Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
Sommer & Kohl, Berlin
Passengers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Alexandre da Cunha - Damien Roach, NAK, Aachen
Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo (cat)
Alexandre da Cunha, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo
Colorama, Vilma Gold, London
Carro Novo, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
Alexandre da Cunha & Brian Griffiths, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao
Paulo (cat)
Alexandre da Cunha, Projeto Macunaima Funarte, Rio de

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2nd San Juan Triennial in Puerto Rico,
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Procedente, MAP Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte
Inhotim new acquisitions, Inhotim Centro de arte contemporanea, Brazil
Transformational Grammars, Galeria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan
This is no t a void, curated by jens Hoffmann, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
Chambres à part II - FIAC 2008, La Réserve - Paris, Paris
De perto e de Longe - Paralela, curated by Rodrigo Moura, Liceu de Artes, Sao Paulo
Arte Nova, curated by Paulo Venancio Filho, CCBB Rio de Janeiro.
An Unruly History of the Readymade, Ecatepac de Morelos, Estado de Mexico
Pendre la Cremaillere, Sommer and Kohl, Berlin
Group show curated by Chris Sharp Cardenas Bellanger, Paris
Group show curated by Avo Samuellian, Andre Schlechtriem, New York
Fortunate Objects, CIFO, Miami
Eurovision - Jahresgaben 2007, NAK, Aachen, Germany
Close to me, Studio Guenzani, Milan
Bildertausch 2, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
CTRL_C + CTRL_V, Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo
Passengers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Around the World in Eighty Days, ICA/South London Gallery, London (cat)
Wrong, Klosterfelde Gallery, Berlin
Contrabando, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
Geracao da Virada, Instituto Tomie Otake, Sao Paulo
Paralela, Pavilhao Armando de Arruda Pereira, Parque do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo
Prague Biennale 2, Prague
Fragmentos e Souvenirs Paulistanos Vol. 1, Galeria Luisa
Strina, Sao Paulo
Paralela, Sao Paulo
Imagine Limerick, EV+A 2004, Limerick
Produciendo Realidad, Prometeo Associazione Culturale, Lucca
Sneeze Project 80 x 80, Gazon Rouge Gallery, Athens
50th Venice Biennale, The Structure of Survival, Venice
The Virgin Show, The Wrong Gallery, New York
The Lost Collection of An Invisible Man, The Laing Art Gallery,
PoT, Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Materia Prima, Novo Museu, Curitiba
Brighton Icons, St Batholomew Church, Brighton
Desenhistas e Coloristas, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
13 Videobrasil, Sesc SP, Sao Paulo
Arco das Rosas, Casa das Rosas, Sao Paulo
PICAF, Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan
EV+A Biennial (Friends and Neighbors), Limerick City Art
Gallery Limerick
Herancas Contemporaneas, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de
Sao Paulo
Projecto Macunima, Rio de Janeiro
Suspended Instants, Art in General Gallery, New York
European Media Art Festival Osnabruck, Germany

Museum Collections
Tate Modern, London
Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte
CACI- Centro de Arte Contempoarnea de Inhotim, Inhotim
CIFO - Cisneros Collection, Miami
Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, CascaisSelected

JJ Charlesworth, Art Review, July-August
‘Alexandre da Cunha', Nicola Harvey, frieze, June
‘Art Review, Around the World in 80 Days', Metro, 31st May
‘A Global Tour Going Nowhere', Sue Hubb, Independent, 1st June
‘Bought for Tate', The Art Newspaper, 21st October
‘Estetica da Gambiarra', Walter Sebastiao, Estado de Minas, 13t August
‘Colorama', Peter Chapman, The Independent, London
‘Alexandre da Cunha', Helen Sumpter, Timeout London
‘The Venice Biennale', Melissa Dunn, Flash Art News
‘Estetica da Gambiarra', Walter Sebastiao, Cultura, Sabado, 13th August
‘A Refazenda de Alexandre da Cunha', Julo Assis, O Tempo, August
‘A Refazenda de Alexandre da Cunha', Magazine Belo Horizonte, Sabado, 13th August
‘Os dez +', Mais! No 667, 28th November
‘It's a Bourgeois Feeling', The Wrong Times, The Wrong Gallery, New York
‘Brasilieiros em Veneza', Ilustrada, 19th April
‘Body Matters', Paul Theck, Welcome News, London
‘Never the Twain Shal Mate', Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

Pioneers/ Passengers, Julian Myers, Frieze magazine 112, London
Poor Materials with Rich Meaning, Jens Hoffmann, CCA Wattis, San Fransisco
Sculpture Today, Judith Collins, Phaidon, London
Economies of Desire, Rodrigo Moura, Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo
Around the World in 80 Days, Exhibition Catalogue, ICA London, P116-7
Thriving on Adversity, Anna Dezeuze, Naked Cities-Mute Publishing U.K
Andrews. Max, ‘Alexandre da Cunha', Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2006-7, Frieze Publishing
Alexandre da Cunha, Exhibition Catalogue, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte 2004 Fragmentos e Souvenirs Paulistanos, Vol 1, Galerie Luisa Strina, Adriano Pedrosa org, P8
Imagining Curating, Allan Phelan, Gandon Editions, Ireland
Charley Magazine, New York,
Exposicao Transfrma o Banal em Arte, Caderno 2, October
Alexandre da Cunha and Brian Griffiths, Exhibition Catalogue, Galeria Luisa Strina, British Council
Coverman, Helio Lara SESC-SP, Sao Paulo
On Emotional and Social Interaction, Rosa Martinez, 2000 EV+A Limerick
Novissima Arte Brasileira, Katia Canton, Editora Iluminuras, Sao Paulo

Awards & Residencies
Visiting Artist Programme, Gasworks, London
International Artist-in-Residence Programme, Guernsey College of Art
Welcome Trust Artist-in-Residency Award, Welcome Trust,
CAPES, Brazilian Sponsorship for the Arts




Recent Exhibits

Alexandre da Cunha participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 Haptic
Alexander Gray Associates
Jun, 2016 Making & Unmaking
Camden Arts Centre
Jan, 2016 Free Fall
Thomas Dane Gallery
Nov, 2015 Coleções 10
Galeria Luisa Strina
Jul, 2015 MCA Chicago Plaza Project Alexandre da Cunha
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Jul, 2015 MCA Talk: Alexandre da Cunha
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
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