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Helena Almeida

Corpus, Helen Almeida

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Helena Almeida
Jeu de Paume, Serralves, WIELS

Texts by Pascal Blanchard, Jean-François Chevrier, Matthieu Rivallin and Pia Viewing.


240 pages
ISBN 9789727393282


For more than fifty years, Helena Almeida (Lisbon, 1934) has been building a work that places great emphasis on the body as it occupies and defines space, and on its performative encounter with the world. This publication traces the artist’s career in his favourite fields – painting, photography, video and drawing – and highlights the importance of his contribution to contemporary art. It contains a rich iconography covering his entire career, including some works rarely seen so far, and draws up an inventory of research with essays by Cornelia Butler, Peggy Phelan and Bernardo Pinto de Almeida, and an interview with the two curators of the exhibition, Marta Almeida and Joao Ribas.

About the Artist
Helena Almeida is a Portuguese multi-disciplinary artist best known for her performances regarding the body and its relationship to painting. Associated with the Body Art movement, Almeida’s performances confront the portrayal of women in art history, such as in her series For Study for Inner Improvement (1977).

About the Publishers
The Jeu de Paume is an iconic cultural institution located in the Tuileries Gardens. It has gained an international reputation as an art centre that exhibits and promotes all forms of mechanical and electronic imagery (photography, cinema, video, installation, online creation, etc.) from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It produces and coproduces exhibitions but also organises film programs, symposiums and seminars, as well as educational activities. The Jeu de Paume also publishes a number of art publications each year. With its high profile exhibitions of established, little-known and emerging artists (especially via the Satellite program), this venue ties together different narrative strands, mixing the historic and the contemporary

As one of the leading institutions for contemporary art in Europe, without a permanent collection, WIELS presents temporary exhibitions by national and international artists, both emerging and more established. WIELS is a site of creation and dialogue, in which art and architecture form the bases for a discussion about current events and issues, not only through the exhibition programme, but also through a host of complementary activities. WIELS opened its doors in 2007, in a restored former brewery from the 1930s – designed by Belgian architect Adrien Blomme – and the idea of establishing a centre for contemporary art in the heart of Europe became a reality. Although still relatively young, WIELS has presented more than 65 exhibitions; it has welcomed over 130 residents; and has spearheaded innumerable educational and social-artistic initiatives.

Serralves Foundation (Fundação Serralves) is an art foundation whose “mission is to raise the general public’s awareness concerning contemporary art and the environment, via the Museum of Contemporary Art, Park and Auditorium”. … An outstanding example of this is the annual festival, Serralves em Festa

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