Lisbon, b.1949

João Penalva

Following a career in dance, João Penalva began his second career as an artist in 1976, working initially as a painter. Today, Penalva is known for making large-scale installations in various media, as well as more intimate works that combine painting, photography, video and found objects, image, text and sound; addressing narrative modes and the relationships between each medium. His storytelling is often fractured, presenting juxtaposed narrative elements, allowing the viewer a latitude of freedom in their interpretation.

João Penalva was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1949 and has lived and worked in London, UK, since 1976. He represented Portugal in the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in 1996 and in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia in 2001. He exhibited at the Berlin Biennale 2, 2001, and the Biennale...

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Biography

Following a career in dance, João Penalva began his second career as an artist in 1976, working initially as a painter. Today, Penalva is known for making large-scale installations in various media, as well as more intimate works that combine painting, photography, video and found objects, image, text and sound; addressing narrative modes and the relationships between each medium. His storytelling is often fractured, presenting juxtaposed narrative elements, allowing the viewer a latitude of freedom in their interpretation.

João Penalva was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1949 and has lived and worked in London, UK, since 1976. He represented Portugal in the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in 1996 and in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia in 2001. He exhibited at the Berlin Biennale 2, 2001, and the Biennale of Sydney, 2003. He was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency in 2003-2004. Recent solo museum exhibitions include Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2018); Culturgest, Porto, Portugal (2018); Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway (2014); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2012); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal (2011); Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2010); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2005); Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary (2005); Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden (2002); Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (2000) and Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2000). Major group exhibitions include South London Gallery, London (2019); Wellcome Collection, London, UK (2017); The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA (2017); Tate Modern, London, UK (2014) which travelled to Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015) and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany (2015); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2014); Hayward Gallery, London, UK, (2010) which travelled to Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011), and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2012). His work is represented in major institutions and pri- vate collections worldwide, including Arts Council England, London, UK; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Frac Occitaine, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, and Frac Bretagne, France; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland; Mudam–Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg.

Artworks

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Scenic props. Tin milk churns., 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Archival Pigment Print / Archival Pigment Print on Paper / Art of the 2010s / Artist's Frame / Blurring Boundaries / Blurring Genre Boundaries / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Portuguese Art / Different Perspectives / European Art / Gelatin Silver Print / Lisbon / Monochrome Photography / Oak Frame / Photography / Plexiglass / Portuguese Art / Print on Paper / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Reality and Fiction / Space/Spatiality / Theatricality / Time and Space / Versatile Talents

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    João Penalva, Simon Lee Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

  • Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    South London Gallery, London

  • 2017

    Wellcome Collection, London, UK

  • The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

Residencies

  • 2003

    The DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency (2003-2004)

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    João Penalva, Simon Lee Gallery, New York

  • 2018

    Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

  • Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

  • 2014

    Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway

  • 2012

    Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark

  • 2011

    Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

  • 2010

    Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden

  • 2005

    Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal

  • Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary

  • 2002

    Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden

  • 2001

    The XLIX Biennale di Venezia, Venice

  • 2000

    Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  • Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    South London Gallery, London

  • 2017

    Wellcome Collection, London, UK

  • The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

  • 2014

    Tate Modern, London, UK; travelled to Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015); Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany (2015)

  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2010

    Hayward Gallery, London, UK; travelled to Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011), and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2012)

  • 2003

    The Biennale of Sydney, Sydney

  • 2001

    The Berlin Biennale 2, Berlin

Residencies

  • 2003

    The DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency (2003-2004)

Collections

  • Arts Council England, London, United Kingdom

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Frac Occitaine, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, and Frac Bretagne, France

  • Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

  • Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

  • Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland

  • Mudam-Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg