Zulmiro de Carvalho

Three scuptures: O Nascimento do quarto de círculo [The Birth of the quarter of circle], 1968, Untitled, 1968 and Curvatura [Curvature]. Three moments that condense a creative period of major importance in the path of the sculptor Zulmiro de Carvalho. In the tension between American minimal art and new British sculpture, these sculptures constitute a clear example of the formalization of methods that, assertively transgress modern sculpture's canons, still in use at that time and context.
In these sculptures, the drawing of emptiness is as important as the shape's presence. There lies a substantive part of its intrinsic quality. Zulmiro de Carvalho has always known how to work with the sculptures' inner space in articulation with the surrounding physical space. This dialogue evokes Art History itself and argues the kind of space that these works inhabit. And today, with its almost fifty years, these shapes keep its unique circumstances of relevance and effectiveness. Such as all the gestures that last, because they are necessary.
Opening: 4 May, 10 pm

Zulmiro de Carvalho, Curvatura, 1971. painted aluminium. 290 x 225 x 100 cm. Image credits: Pedro Tropa 
Zulmiro de Carvalho, ESCULTURAS, Installation view. Image credits: Pedro Tropa 
Zulmiro de Carvalho, Untitled, 1968. Painted aluminium. 147 x 30 x 30 cm /147 x 30 x 30 cm /157 x 30 x 30 cm /181,5 x 30 x 30 cm. Image credits: Pedro Tropa 
Zulmiro de Carvalho, O nascimento do quarto de círculo, 1968. Painted iron. 184 x 61 x 47 cm. Image credits: Pedro Tropa