Julião Sarmento

Selected works

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.

The closing line also opens – Group show

In an group exhibition dedicated to Florentine Renaissance drawing and its Iberian extensions, Julião Sarmento’s work will be presented at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA) in Lisboa.Sarmento’s drawings impact on the balance of temporality,  as well as on thematic and stylistic sequences that we might establish between artists belonging to a common cultural background. He has developed a long theory on linear images, as well as on interrupted or suspended actions. Julião Sarmento’s works are not studies, they are finished works. By reversing the Renaissance rules, they present the non finito as finito.

From May 18 to July 26

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Rua das Janelas Verdes 1249-017 Lisboa


Expanded - Group show

Julião Sarmento is participating in Expanded, the new exhibition of First Stone, an experimental international research programme that explores the potential of Portuguese Stone. Expanded features original works by Marina Abramović, Carsten Holler et Julião Sarmento.

Produced in Portuguese stone, a million-year-old natural resource, they share this unifying element that bestows them with a deep timelessness and resilience, somewhat contradicting the chaos and superficiality of the contemporary world. Placed within the gardens of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, immersed in nature and displayed together, these pieces provide visitors with moments of experimentation and confrontation, underlining the value of art and culture in public spaces.

From 9/05/2019 to 24/11/2019


« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » - group show

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist's quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre's work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .

From 21/10/17 to 15/04/18


Conversation Piece - group show

The Galleria Nazionale invites ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art to establish a “conversation”, presenting a select group of works under the roof of its classical architecture. This exhibition brings together a dozen works by artists with different poetic voices. The interaction between the works follows a pattern, that established by the basso continuo of the minimalist aesthetic and by the triple relation between architecture, sculpture and the human figure.

Artists : Fernanda Fragateiro, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Juan Muñoz, Joan, Hernández Pijuan, Doris Salcedo, Julião Sarmento, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra, Jana Sterbak, Antoni Tàpies, Ignacio Uriarte, Rachel Whiteread 

From 18/05/17 to 17/09/17


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