Transcultural nomad - Musée Würth France Erstein presents José de Guimarães


José de Guimarães, 79, ranks among the most well-known contemporary artists in Portugal. Characterized by richly colored graphic language, his oeuvre—having met with international acclaim as early as in the 1980s and 1990s—is a reflection of constant change. Musée Würth France Erstein will dedicate a retrospective to him until 15 March 2020. The exhibition ”José de Guimarães. Würth Collection and Loans“ will present roughly 60 exhibits from the fields of painting and sculpture, among them several multi-part series such as the “African Alphabet” consisting of 132 parts.

After an initial pop art phase, Guimarães started looking for a raw, expressive type of art (art brut), creating a dialog between old cultures and modernity. Step by step, he created his own artistic vocabulary based on the dislocation and reinsertion of signs and symbols. This is how combinations of different sorts and types of materials came about, from his own alphabet created from symbols all the way to monumental sculptures in public space. Numerous series focus on the issue of life and death, the colored scale being an expression of boundless vitality.

José de Guimarães draws his inspiration from many different and varied sources: his training as an engineer, his studies of the Old Masters in Europe, the stay in Angola, travels through Mexico and Japan and last but not least his passion for collecting African tribal art.

The exhibition in the Musée Würth France Erstein documents the development of the artist José de Guimarães. His own works of art are juxtaposed to approximately 20 impressive masks and figures from the Congo, Gabon and Nigeria, part of the ethonological collection of the art collector Guimarães.

José de Guimarães - Würth Collection and Loans

Until 15 March 2020 at Musée Würth France Erstein

Rue Georges Besse 67150 Erstein

Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 - 17:00 h /Sundays from 10:00 - 18:00 h

Closed Mondays

Free admission

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