Musa paradisiaca
Eduardo Guerra (Lisboa, 1986) e Miguel Ferrão (Lisboa, 1986)

Musa paradisiaca is an artistic project by Eduardo Guerra (Lisbon, 1986) and Miguel Ferrão (Lisbon, 1986). Founded in 2010, with the presentation of a set of podcasts at www.musaparadisiaca.net, Musa paradisiaca’s practice has been pluralized since. Within either discursive, participatory or in exhibition contexts, Musa paradisiaca can be seen to produce sculptures, films, drawings and performative actions, among others. Through dialogue and the benefits of merging distinct perspectives and competencies, Musa paradisiaca has gathered different entities, practitioners, experts or references, be they collective or individual, with whom they establish an affinity of thinking that shares and reveals many voices. This ongoing process can be seen as an open-ended dialogue that brings together temporary interlocutors, activates longstanding references, benefits from occasional technical expertise, and relies on long-term complicities.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)
2018
Curveball Memory, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
Man with really soft hands, Colégio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal.
2017
Man with really soft hands, Frieze London, Galeria Múrias Centeno, London, United Kingdom.
Animal-house, BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Complexo Municipal dos Coruchéus, Lisbon, Portugal.
Animal-house, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida / Sociedade Harmonia Eborense, Évora, Portugal.
Man with really soft hands, Galeria Múrias Centeno, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016
Masters of Velocity, Dan Gunn, Berlin, Germany.
2015
Alma-Bluco, CRAC Alsace - Centre Rhénan d'Art Contemporain, Altkirch, France.
2014
Come back Sir, you're not from that world. Please come back Sir, you're from this world, Dan Gunn Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Flowers' audition, 3+1 Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal.
Machines' audition, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal.
Performances
2017
How to catch a fugitive, Workplace Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
The Intimate Knowledge of Things, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
2016
How to catch a fugitive, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal.
2015
Canteen-Machine, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
How to catch a fugitive, ARCO Madrid, Dan Gunn Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
2013
How to catch a fugitive? - Exhibition of conversable objects, CAM - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
Impossible tasks (The Servant and the Cenacle), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
2012
Scripts revision: cycle of staged conversations + Assemblies, Curator's Lab, Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, Guimarães, Portugal.
Screenings / Auditions
2018
Mestres da Velocidade, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany.
Emulation play, Fábrica de Pólvora de Vale de Milhaços - Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal, Corroios, Portugal.
2017
Ecstasy and Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
Animal Hunger, Vdrome.
Ecstasy and Eden, ISELP, Brussels, Belgium.
2016
Caça, Êxtase, Fome, Walk&Talk Gallery, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Portugal.
2015
Ecstay and Eden, Videoex Film Festival, Zurich, Switzerland.
Ecstay and Eden, Fábrica da Pólvora, Vale de Milhaços, Portugal.
2014
Souls' comission, Palácio Foz, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013
Emulation play, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal.
2012
Drop shooting, Old school, Lisbon, Portugal.
The permanence of speech and action, www.musaparadisiaca.net.
2011
The most beautiful party I've ever seen, Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, Portugal.
The speechless oracle, www.musaparadisiaca.net.
2010
First smell, first thought, www.musaparadisiaca.net.
Talks
2018
I AM, Escola Secundária Artística António Arroio, Lisbon, Portugal.
I AM, Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
2017
The House and the World. A Dialogue, Open House - Lisbon Architecture Triennial, EDP Headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
I AM, Malmö Art Academy - Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden.
Musa paradisiaca in conversation with Heidi Ballet, Dan Gunn Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2014
Valdevinos after dead, Expedição, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2019
Trabalho Capital: Ensaio sobre gestos e fragmentos, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal.
Ghost of Chance, La Nave Sánchez-Ubiría, Madrid, Spain.
2018
Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
SCHMALTZ, Guimarães, Viena, Áustria.
Artists' Film International, MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal.
Collaboration, Teatro Máximo, Jachthuis schijf, Schijf, The Netherlands.
Do Tirar Polo Natural. Inquérito ao Retrato Português, MNAA - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal.
A sedução de uma vírgula bem colocada, MACE _ Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal.
2017
10000 Anos Depois entre Vénus e Marte, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
Later is Now, Workplace Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Collaboration, Teatro Máximo, Quetzal Art Centre, Vidigueira, Portugal.
O Factor Cavalo, Bienal de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal.
Portugal em Flagrante - Operação 3, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa, Portugal.
2016
Conversations: Recent Portuguese Art in the Serralves Collection, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal.
Off the beaten track, CIAJG - José de Guimarães International Arte Centre, Guimarães, Portugal.
Odd objects: An Essay on Proto-sculpture, CIAJG - José de Guimarães International Arte Centre, Guimarães, Portugal.
Labyrinth and Echo: Permanent Collection and Other Works, CIAJG - José de Guimarães International Arte Centre, Guimarães, Portugal.
Ponto de Partida: Uma Selecção de Obras da Colecção de Arte Contemporânea Figueiredo Ribeiro, Galeria Municipal Quartel, Abrantes, Portugal.
Colecção António Cachola: Musa paradisiaca and Mauro Cerqueira, Espaço Fidelidade Chiado 8, Lisbon, Portugal.
2015
Sonae Media Art Prize, MNAC - Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal.
ISSO - In one way or another, Plataforma Revólver, Lisboa, Portugal.
All Rights Reserved: Coisas do Mundo na Colecção Norlinda e José Lima, Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal.
The Coming Museum, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal.
Le lynx ne connaît pas de frontières, Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris, France.
El buen caligrama, The Goma, Madrid, Spain.
2014
Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças, CRAC Alsace - Centre Rhénan d'Art Contemporain, Altkirch, France.
2013
EDP Novos Artistas Prize, Galeria Fundação EDP, Porto, Portugal.
Novo Novo México, Palha de Abrantes, Abrantes, Portugal.
The perpetual interview, 1ª Avenida, Edifício Axa, Porto, Portugal.
Apesar de tudo, nunca se sentia só ou triste, o futuro fazia-lhe companhia ou Le petit Lenormand (cartomancia e probabilidade), Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal.
2012
Tem calma o teu país está a desaparecer, Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal.
Residências
2018-19
Fábrica de Pólvora de Vale de Milhaços - Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal, Corroios, Portugal.
2017-18
BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Lisbon/Évora, Portugal.
2016
Horanggasy Creative Studio, Gwangju, South Korea.
Walk&Talk, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal.
2015
RAUM, www.raum.pt / MNAC, Lisbon, Portugal.
2014
Fábrica da Pólvora de Vale de Milhaços - Ecomuseu Municipal do Seixal, Corroios, Portugal.
2013
Essentia Foundation, Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe.
2012
Portuguese Cultural Centre - Camões Institute, São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe.
Novo Novo México, Palha de Abrantes, Abrantes, Portugal.
Curator's Lab, European Capital of Culture 2012, Guimarães, Portugal.
Grants / Awards
2016
Grant to Visual Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
2015
SONAE Media Art Prize (shortlisted).
2013
EDP Novos Artistas Prize (shortlisted).
2012
Grant to Visual Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Collections
Open-end wrenches, 2018. Aluminium . Variable dimensions. ©Eurico Melo 
Francisco–Pequeno animal, 2015. Animal glue and wood, with Tomé Coelho. 90 x 130 x 55 cm . ©Aurélien Mole  
Masters of Velocity, 2017. 16mm film transferred to HD, 4:3, color, sound, 16’11’’, With Clotilde Rosa 
Pot with eyes, 2013. Silver print, b/w, hand-painted. 25 x 20 cm 
Army of figures, , 2013. Installation view. ©Bruno Lopes 
Skin–chest, 2017. Painted fiberglass. 153 x 110 x 10 cm. ©Vitor Garcia 
Man with really soft hands, 2017. Exhibition view. ©Bruno Lopes 
Hunting scene, 2013. 16mm film transferred to HD, 4:3, color, sound, 7’50’’, with Caustrino Alcântara, Installation view 
Hunting scene, 2013. 16mm film transferred to HD, 4:3, color, sound, 7’50’’, with Caustrino Alcântara 
Aloes, 2013. Oil painted pitch. 5 x 20 x 7 cm. ©Eurico Melo 
Stomach, 2014. Oil painted pitch. 16 x 36 x 21 cm. ©Eurico Melo 
Animal hunger, 2014. 16mm film transferred to HD, 4:3, color, sound, 7’46’’ 
Big flutes and small flutes, 2016. Variable dimensions. ©Dinis Santos 
Chevalier, 2016. Silkscreen print. 100 x 70 cm. ©Vitor Garcia 
Amplifier, 2017. Fibra de vidro pintada. 85 x 53 x 23 cm. ©Eurico de Melo 
Carburetor, 2013. Wood. 8 x 18 x 10 cm. ©Paulo Costa 
Ecstasy and Eden, O Êxtase e o Éden, 2014. 16mm film transferred to HD, 4:3, color, sound, 8’10’’ With António Poppe 
Canteen–Machine, 2015. Session view. ©Filipe Braga 
Curveball Memory, 2018. Exhibition view. ©Dinis Santos 
How to catch a fugitive, 2013. Variable dimensions, with Tomé Coelho. ©Miles Thurlow 
Canteen–Canteen, 2015. Installation view. ©Bruno Lopes 
Animal–house, 2017. Session view. ©Bruno Simão 
Baldachin, 2015. Metal and fabric. 305 x 225 x 225 cm. ©Aurélien Mole 
Cabbage, 2014. Oil painted pitch. 7 x 13 x 13 cm. ©Eurico Melo 
Small bread, 2015. Oil painted pitch . 8 x 13 x 8 cm. ©Eurico Melo 
Come-corais, 2015. Ceramics, wood and bread. 150 x 56 x 53 cm. ©Bruno Lopes