‘My project is a kind of architecture; it’s not a real space but a mental idea.’ Carlos Bunga’s (b.1976) sculptural and painterly structures propose architecture as both body and mindscape. The exhibition begins with a small model of social housing where the artist grew up. It is the beginning of a journey from the miniature to the monumental. Using only cardboard and paint, Bunga builds fantastical architectural models, furniture as sculptures and paintings as immersive environments.
“Where I am free” Carlos Bunga
22 January – 26 March, 2019
MAAT Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology
Av. Brasília, Central Tejo 300-598 Lisboa
His works combine a powerful materiality with the evocation of psychic states. Animated by films of his actions and performances, along with documentation of a decade of works, this is the first major survey of Bunga’s work. Enacting cycles of construction and destruction, Bunga explores states of dispossession and nomadism; the nature of spatial experience; and the creative and symbolic potential of ruins.
“Where I am free” from January 22 until March 26 at Carmona e Costa Foundation curated by Inês Grosso.
“Where I am free” is the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to the role of drawing in Carlos Bunga’s oeuvre. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Fundação Carmona e Costa and the MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which is showing the artist’s first large survey show in Portugal. The show brings together a selection of drawings, sketches and notes — some of which had been stored in the artist’s archive for more than a decade and had never been exhibited —, but also recent works specially produced for the Fundação Carmona e Costa.
The simultaneous exhibitions offer a unique opportunity to revisit Carlos Bunga’s earlier works, but also to discover his most recent creations and the career of one of the most fascinating artists of his generation — and the recipient of the New Artists Award | Fundação EDP in 2003. In the context of these two exhibitions, and in collaboration with the Spanish publishing house Ediciones Polígrafa, we will launch a catalogue that will include a vast selection of images, as well as texts and essays by several authors.