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Alexandre da Cunha

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installation view: Club Sandwich, 2008 © courtesy the artist and Sommer & Kohl
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installation view: Club Sandwich, 2008 © courtesy the artist and Sommer & Kohl
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Eric Ellington, 2005 Skateboards and Mixed Media 100 X 100 X 100 Cms, 39 3/8 X 39 3/8 X 39 3/8 Ins © Alexandre da Cunha
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Palazzo, 2009 Mopheads, Wool © Courtesy the artist
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Red Fountain, Blue Fountain, 2009 Plaster, Planters, Drinking Straw © Courtesy the artist
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Public Sculpture - Pouff 2, 2008 Concrete, Foam © Courtesy the artist
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Bust 1, 2008 Mop, Dyed Wool, Concrete © Courtesy the artist
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Quilt (raft), 2011 Concrete Lintels, Woolen Blanket 10 X 155 X 150 Cms, 3 7/8 X 61 X 59 Ins © Courtesy of the Artist and Vilma Gold
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Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & Sommer & Kohl
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Thomas Dane Gallery
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Nude XII, 2012 Towel, Thread, Hats, Acrylic Paint, Dye 135 Cm X 100 Cm X 24 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Office Baroque Gallery
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Full Catastrophe (Drum XV) , 2013 Concrete Mixer, Paving Slab, Plinth 160 X 60 X 60 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Office Baroque Gallery
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Mix (Americana), 2013
 Found Cement Mixer and Wooden Blocks 97 X 179 X 96 In. (246.4 X 454.7 X 243.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, New York
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Mix (Americana), 2013 Found Cement Mixer and Wooden Blocks 97 X 179 X 96 In. (246.4 X 454.7 X 243.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, New York
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Urn II & Urn III, 2013 Installation View Zabludowicz Collection: 20 Years, 2015 © -Stuart Whipps-
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Brazil
Birth year
1969
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Representing galleries
Tags
conceptual, sculpture
Statement
"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.

BIOGRAPHY

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)
2009
Camden Arts Centre, London
2008
Vilma Gold, London
Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
Sommer & Kohl, Berlin
2007
Passengers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Alexandre da Cunha - Damien Roach, NAK, Aachen
2006
Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo (cat)
2005
Alexandre da Cunha, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo
Horizonte
Colorama, Vilma Gold, London
2004
Carro Novo, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo
2002
Alexandre da Cunha & Brian Griffiths, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao
Paulo (cat)
1998
Alexandre da Cunha, Projeto Macunaima Funarte, Rio de
Janeiro

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2009
2nd San Juan Triennial in Puerto Rico,
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2008
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
2007
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
2006
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
2005
Prague Biennale 2, Prague
2004
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
2003
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,
Newcastle
PoT, Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo
2002
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Materia Prima, Novo Museu, Curitiba
2001
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
2000
PICAF, Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, Pusan
EV+A Biennial (Friends and Neighbors), Limerick City Art
Gallery Limerick
1999
Herancas Contemporaneas, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de
Sao Paulo
1998
Projecto Macunima, Rio de Janeiro
1997
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

Bibliography
Articles
2008
JJ Charlesworth, Art Review, July-August
‘Alexandre da Cunha', Nicola Harvey, frieze, June
2006
‘Art Review, Around the World in 80 Days', Metro, 31st May
‘A Global Tour Going Nowhere', Sue Hubb, Independent, 1st June
2005
‘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
2004
‘Os dez +', Mais! No 667, 28th November
2003
‘It's a Bourgeois Feeling', The Wrong Times, The Wrong Gallery, New York
‘Brasilieiros em Veneza', Ilustrada, 19th April
2001
‘Body Matters', Paul Theck, Welcome News, London
2000
‘Never the Twain Shal Mate', Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times


Publications
2008
Pioneers/ Passengers, Julian Myers, Frieze magazine 112, London
2007
Poor Materials with Rich Meaning, Jens Hoffmann, CCA Wattis, San Fransisco
Sculpture Today, Judith Collins, Phaidon, London
2006
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
2005
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
2002
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
2001
Coverman, Helio Lara SESC-SP, Sao Paulo
2000
On Emotional and Social Interaction, Rosa Martinez, 2000 EV+A Limerick
Novissima Arte Brasileira, Katia Canton, Editora Iluminuras, Sao Paulo

Awards & Residencies
2002
Visiting Artist Programme, Gasworks, London
International Artist-in-Residence Programme, Guernsey College of Art
2001
Welcome Trust Artist-in-Residency Award, Welcome Trust,
London
1998
CAPES, Brazilian Sponsorship for the Arts

 

 



 
     

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