Julião Sarmento

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Born in 1948 in Lisbon, Julião Sarmento lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. The artist explores the terrain of desire and representation in an approach combining painting, video and sound and visual installations. The artist exploits a huge variety of combinations to create a series of works with recurring motifs: an archetypal woman, modernist architectural images, plant-like lines, references to literature and the cinema. A large part of his work addresses issues of fragmentation, the gap between real and fictional, and latent eroticism.






Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1948.
Lives and works in Estoril, Portugal.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
Leopard in a cage, Centro International das Artes Jose de Guimares, Portugal

2016
As Good as it Gets, Museum of Fine Arts / Kula Gallery / Hazu, Split, Croatia
La chose, même – The real thing, Fondation Gulbenkian, Paris, France

2014
MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France
DAD, Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain
GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy
Terra Incognita, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2013
Julião Sarmento - Sem Título, 1980-2013, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto, Portugal
Parousia, Cooperativa ÁRVORE, Porto, Portugal
Index, MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânes, Elvas, Portugal
Fado (com Carminho), The Ermida Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Portugal
Julião Sarmento: Una forma extrema de privacidad, MACG, Museo de Arte Carrilo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa, Portugal
Julião Sarmento: 75 photographs, 35 women, 42 years, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Ermida Na Sra da Conceição, Lisboa, Portugal
Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal
Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal 

2012
Julião Sarmento: Artists and Writers / House and Home (Part2), Curated by Raphaela Platow, CAC Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, USA
Julião Sarmento, Lire ses années 70, Galerie de France, Paris, France
Julião Sarmento, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino, Italy
Julião Sarmento, 6ª Bienal Internacional de Gravura do Douro, Curated by Bruno Marchand,
Museu do Coa, Portugal
Julião Sarmento, Curated by João Fernandes, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Women, Houses, Plants, João Esteves de Oliveira Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Quelques jeux interdits, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2011
Remarks on Colour, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Julião Sarmento: Remarks on Colour.2, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Julião Sarmento: Remarks on Colour.3, Galeria Forste Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Julião Sarmento: Close Distance / Distancias Cortas, Curated by Adrian Searle, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Julião Sarmento, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino, Italy
Julião Sarmento, Curated by Raphaela Platow, CAC, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, USA
Julião Sarmento What Makes a Writer Great, Curated by João Pinharanda, Cinzeiro 8, Fundação EDP – Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon, Portugal
Julião Sarmento, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, USA
Julião Sarmento : 75 Fotografias, 35 Mulheres, 42 Anos, Curated by Sérgio Mah, Centro de Arte Contemporãnea Graça Morais, Bragança, Portugal
Julião Sarmento 2000 – 2010, Es Baluard d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Julião Sarmento Artists and Writers / House and Home, Curated by Terrie Sultan Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, USA
Julião Sarmento Papel, Ivorypress Art + Books Space II, Madrid, Spain

2010
Julião Sarmento: The Real Thing, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Roma, Italy
Monograph Room – Solo Display of Works in the Tate Modern Collection, Curated by Vicente Todoli and Kyla McDonald Tate Modern, London, UK
Julião Sarmento: 62 Fotografias, 31 Mulheres, 42 Anos, Curated by Sérgio Mah, Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, Portugal
Julião Sarmento – 2000-2010, Curated by Fernando Francés García, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain

2009
Works on paper: Women and Houses and Plants..., Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
“Lacan’s Assumption” e “Toile”, Espaço BES Arte & Finança, Lisbon, Portugal
New Silhouettes Noires 2002-2003, Galerie de France, Paris, France
House of Games, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Grace Under Pressure, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil

2008
Notes Towards a Definition of Pleasure, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain
Literal – Julião Sarmento, Curated by Delfim Sardo, Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain
Julião Sarmento, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
L.A. Prints, Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal

2007
Julião Sarmento one-man show, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal
Picture Show, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

2006
WITHHOLDING Works 1994 – 2006, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain
Film Noir, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Ediciones numeradas 1972/2006, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
The Players, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

2005
Some Limits of Reason, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2004
Echo, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2003
Parasite, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany
Galerie Jirí Svestka, Prague, Czech Republic
Julião Sarmento, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

2002
Works from the '70s, MNAC - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
Julião Sarmento, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
Julião Sarmento, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Domestic Isolation, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2001
Obra Recent, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain
Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Fortaleza de S. Tiago, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
What Makes A Writer Great, Porta 33, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

2000
Colecção Berardo 1917 – 1999, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisson Gallery at Covent Garden, Millenium Lofts, London, UK
On Language, Sean Kelly Gallery New York, USA
Um Oceano Inteiro para Nadar/ Spanning An Entire Ocean, Lisbon, Portugal
Uma galeria é uma galeria é uma galeria, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal
Helena Almeida, Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, Richard Long, Gerhard Richter, Julião Sarmento, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Rachel Whiteread, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
00 Drawings 2000, Brabara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Arte Portuguesa Contemporânea – Colecção MEIAC, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal
Die Intelligenz der Hand Europäische Zeichnungen von Picasso bis Beuys, Salzburg, Austria
Snapshot An Exhibition of 1,000 Artists, Contemporary Museum of Baltimore, Baltimore, USA
The Mnemosyne Project Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Colecção Banco Privado para Serralves, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Anos 60, 70, 80, Pintura Portuguesa, Antiks Design, Lisbon, Portugal
Het oorkussen van de Melancholie, The pilow of the Melancholy, Museum voor Schone Kunste, Gent, Belgium

1999
A Film Installation, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Julião Sarmento, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Directions –Julião Sarmento - Fundamental Accuracy, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA

1998
Veneno, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany
Julião Sarmento, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Suffering, Despair and Ascent, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

1997
Julião Sarmento – Pintura e Desenho, Galeria J.M. Gomes Alves, Guimarães, Portugal
XLVII Biennale di Venezia, Portuguese Pavillion, Palazzo Vendramini ai Carmini, Venezia, Italy
Kitakyushu – Project Gallery, Urban Corpo, Kitakyushu, Japan
Werke 1981 – 1996, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany
Suffering, Despair and Ascent, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Desenhos – Ilustrações para “Justine et Juliette” do Marquês de Sade, Assírio & Alvim, Lisbon, Portugal
Selfish, Proud, Cunning and Regardless of Others, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Two Rooms, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The House with the Upstairs in it, London Projects, London, UK
Galeria da Universidade do Minho, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal

1995
Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal
Laura and Alice, Galerie Béla JarzikKöln, Germany
Quatre Mouvements de la Peur, Edifício das Caldeiras, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Sintra, Portugal
Only a moment or two of brutal madness, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

1994
The White Paintings, Centre des Arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
IVAM, Centre del Carme, València, Spain
Laura and Alice, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany
Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA
Pintura e Desenho, Galeria J. M. Gomes Alves, Guimarães, Portugal


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2016
Dépense, Lab-Labanque Béthune, Béthune, France

2013
M&EX PLICIT, Curated by Luc Derycke, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Gent, Belgium
Planos de Expansão, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
VI Biennal de Jafre, Jafre, Spain
Fuso 2013 - Anual de Vídeo Arte Internacional de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Capitale(s), Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Marseille, France

2012
Galicia, Mon Amour. Folly, Fantasy and Phantasm, Curated by Danna Heller, BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz, Poland
Super 8, MAM Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1960-2010 Arte Portuguesa no Seculo XX, Curated by Maria Emilia Tavares, MNAC Museo do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
Juegos de Lenguage, Curated by Jose Jimene, Fundacion Helga de Alvear, Caceres, Spain
Super 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA ; Museum de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Remote Viewing, Curated by Paul Young and Estelle af Malmborg, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
O Castelo em 3 Actos : Assalto, Destruição e Reconstrução, Curated by Paulo Cunha e Silva, Paço dos Duques, Guimarães, Portugal
Supertemporal. A selection of videos from LOOP/ Screen from Barcelona, Curated by Paul Young and Estelle af Malmborg, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
6th Bienal Internacional de Gravura do Douro, Museu do Côa, Portugal

2010
Filmes e Vídeos da colecção do CAM, Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Linguagem e Experiência, Obras da Colecção da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Centro Cultural Palácio do Egipto, Oeiras, Portugal
Exposição Colectiva de Pintura, Cordeiros Galeria Porto, Portugal
La pieza que falta, Factoría Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Sous la Dictée de l’Image Um novo percurso pela Colecção Berardo, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

2007
Iniciativa X 07, AC - Arte Contempo, Lisbonne, Portugal
Antena 3 - Deificar o homem, Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now, Barbican, London, UK
Existencias, Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Art Protects, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Le cinque anime della scultura, Cesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio, Italy
On Memory, Johan Deumens, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Secuencias - 1976-2006, Arte contemporáneo en las colecciones públicas de Extremadura, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
O debuxo por diante, CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

2006
VAC, IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
The 1980s – A Topology, Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
Cabinet D'amateur II, Galeria Luis Serpa Projectos, Lisbon, Portugal
The invisible Show, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain
Show, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy
Contemporary Portugal, Galerija Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania
Entre la palabra y la imagen, Fundación Luis Seoane, Coruna, Spain
Sin limites. Fotografias de la coleccion fundacao Serralves, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain
Kunst und Photographie, Photographie und Kunst, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munchen, Germany
Group Show, Dvir Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
XX-Visões no Feminino, CAV - centro de artes visuais, Coimbra, Portugal
Territorio Oeste, MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, Coruna, Spain
Anagramme, Musée des Arts Contemporains, Hornu, France
Hollywood Boulevard, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Selected Works, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2005
INICIATIVA X – 05, AC - Arte Contempo, Lisbon, Portugal
Group Exhibition, Galeria Antonio Henriques, Viseu, Portugal
Selected Drawings, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munchen, Germany
O contrato social, Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Lisbon, Portugal
Romance, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Major Prints, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Feminae, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain
Obras entorno a la ciudad, CaixaForum Madrid, Madrid, Spain

2004
L'escalade du désir, Galerie Friedrich, Basel, Suisse
Sonderaktion Graphiken und Bücher, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany
Half a century of Portuguese Art 1944 – 2004, MNAC - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
Bloomsday 16. Juni 1904 - 16. Juni 2004, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany

2003
Colecção de arte contemporãnea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain
Group Show, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Graphische Suiten der Edition Bernd Klüser, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München, Germany
Long Term Loan Isabel Vaz Lopes, MNAC - Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
Upon reflection..., Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Desire, Galleria d´Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Nonlinear Editing, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, The Netherlands
Learning From Africa, Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
Atom Egoyan / Julião Sarmento - Something is missing, Museu Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal
Rotativa - Fase 2, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil


2001
Group exhibition, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Domestic Acts, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Desire, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim, Germany
49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Re-Location - on moving, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

2000
On Language, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA

1999
Tage der Dunkelheit und des Lichts - Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Portugal, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Linhas de Sombra, Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

1998
Corpus Virtu, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (SELECTION)

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, Belgium
Galerija Grada, Zagreb, Croatia
CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
MAMAC, Nice, France
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, Munich, Germany
Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Stadtische Galerie am Markt, Schwabisch Hall, Germany
Stadtische Galerie, Erlangen, Germany
The Israel Phoenix Assurance Co. Ltd., Tel Aviv, Germany
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Germany
Fondazione Amelio, Naples, Italy
Fondo Artistico dello Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee della Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Saison Foundation/The Museum of Modern Art, Takanawa, Japan
Leichtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Madeira Corporate Services Collection (CMCS), Funchal , Portugal
Caixa Geral de Depositos, Lisbon, Portugal
Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
Centro de Arte Moderna/Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Fundação das Descobertas, Lisbon, Portugal
Fundação Luso-Americana Para o Desenvolvimento, Lisbon, Portugal
Ministerio das Financas, Lisbon, Portugal
Secretaria de Estado da Cultura, Lisbon, Portugal
IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain
Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain
Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Malmo Museum, Malmo, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Stadt Museet, Lund, Sweden
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, United States
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, United States
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, United States
MAC’s Grand-Hornu, Hornu, Belgium




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