Tunga

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Born in 1952 in Palmarès, Brazil, Tunga died in June 2016 in Rio. Trained as an architect, he has created a body of work that is both conceptual and baroque, incorporating literary references, videos and performances into his complex sculptural pieces. He was highly learned and passionate about alchemy, a process that forms one of the pillars of his artistic practices. His works are poetical manifestations of ‘the duel between cerebral process and biological impulse.’ He passed away in 2016.






Born in 1952 in Palmarès, Brazil
Died in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


EDUCATION

1998
APCA (Associaçao Paulista de Criticos de Arte)

1969 – 1974
Faculté d’Architecture et d’urbanisme de Santa Ursula, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES (SÉLECTION)

2019
Tunga, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy

2018
Tríade Trindade, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Tunga: Capillary Twins, Tate Modern, London, UK
Tunga: o rigor da distração, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2017
Tunga: o corpo em obras, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

2016
Pálpebras, Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil
Homenagem ao Tunga, Centro de Arte Contemporanea Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil

2015
Moi, Vous et la Lune, Manège des Ecuries, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

2014       
Tunga: From La Voie Humide, Pilar Corrias, London, UK           
Tunga: From La Voie Humide, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Voie Humide, Mendes Wood, São Paul, Brazil              
From La Voie Humide, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA

2013       
Ão, Luhring augustine, New York, USA

2012       
Pavilhão Tunga, Institu de Arte Contemporãnea Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2011        
Magma, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK   
Presolar, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2010
Vers la Voie Humide, Galerie Pièce Unique, (Oct. 2 - Dec.11), Paris, France
Tunga: A la Luz de Dois Mundos, Palacete das Artes Rodin, Bahia, Salvador, Brazil            
Cooking Crystals Expanded, Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil

2009     
Lezart, Museum of fine Arts Houston, Texas, USA

2007
Sculptures and Installations, PS1-MoMA, New York, USA
Dessins érotiques, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France          
Tunga, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA                    
Tunga: Laminated Souls and At the lights of Both Worlds, Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA

2006     
Tunga :Laminadas Almas, Jardim Botánico de Rio de Janeiro with Galeria Millan Antonio, Brazil

2005
Les affinités électives , Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Tunga; the film , the videos, Instituto Cervantès, Paris, France
A la lumière des Deux Mondes, Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, France
Tarde vos Amei Tereza (performance), ENSBA, Paris, France

2004
Tunga: Elective Affinities, Christophe Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
The Elective Affinities and Laminosas Animae, Galerie André Millan, São Paulo, Brazil
Quimera, Cannes Film Festival, short film competition, Cannes, France

2003
La Belle et la Bête, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2002
Tunga, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Tunga: Nociferatu, Chappelle du Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, France (sculpture, installation and performance)

2001
Christophe Grilmes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Wideranging Survey, MARCO (Museum of Contemporary Art), Monterrey, Mexico
Tunga, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Resgate (Rescue), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil
Assalto, Centro cultural Banco de Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil                                
CAPC, Musée d’Art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

1999
Christophe Grilmes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Galeria de Arte Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil                                 
Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil      
Centro Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1998
Tunga 1977-1997, A Sunrey, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela          
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, USA
True Rouge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA

1997
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
Tunga: 1977-1997, Bard College – Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale on Hudson, New York, USA
Tunga: 1977-1997 MOCA Miami, Florida, USA

1996
Galeria de Arte Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil

1994
Galeria de Arte Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil               
Galeria de Andre Millan, São Paulo, Brazil     
Galeria Paulo fernandes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Contemporary (Simon Watson), New York, USA

1992
Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil
Sero te Amavi, Galeria Saramenha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Antigas Minucias, Galleria Lê & Marilia, São Paulo, Brazil

1991
Preliminares do Palindromo Incesto (sculptures and drawings) and Sero te Amavi (installation), Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil

1990
The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Ecosse (installation)
Interceptions, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (installation)
Pulitzer Art Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1989
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (installation)
Option 37: TUNGA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (installation)
Galeria Paulo Klabin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1986
      
Museu de Arte UFMT, Cuiabá, Brazil

1985       
Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil     
Galeria Saramenha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    

1984                        
Arte Brasileira Atual: 1984, Galeria de Arte UFF, Niteróis, Brazil

1982                         
Centro Cultural Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1981        
Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil

1980
      
Camera Incantate, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy                             
Espaço ABC (Arte Brasileira Contemporânea), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1979       
Centro Cultural Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil           
Nucleo de Arte Contemporânea, Joao Pessoa, Brazil

1976

Galeria de Arte Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil

1975       
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1974
      
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES (SÉLECTION)

2020
Still (A)live, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2019
Prints and Editions, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2018
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Auroras, São Paulo, Brazil
BRAZIL. Knife in the Flesh, PAC Padiglione d’arte contemporanea di Milano, Milan, Italy
A Luta Continua: The Sylvio Perlstein Collection, Hauser & Wirth, New York, USA
De Calder à Koons, bijoux d’artistes: la coleccion idéale de Diane Venet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs,
Paris, France
Visiones de la tierra/ El mundo planeado: Coleccion Luis Paulo Montenegro, Santander Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneve, Fondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis, France
Era uma Vez..., Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), São Paulo, Brazil
Sculpture, Luhring Augustine Bushwick, New York, USA

2017
Troposphere, Minsheng Museum, Beijing, Chine
The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Varsovie, Pologne
CASEBOOKS: Six Contemporary Artists and an Extraordinary Medical Archive, Ambika P3, University of
Westminster, London, UK
ILLUMINATED – Pioneer Experiences in Expanded Cinema, SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil
Punto de Partida, Fundación Cultural Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
Sol Lewitt, Andres Serrano, Joel Shapiro, Tunga, Andy Warhol, Michel Vidal, Paris, France
Potency and Adversity, Museu da Cidade, Lisbonne, Portugal
Histórias Da Sexualidade, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil

2016
‘Tanz der Seligen Geister / Dança das Sombras Felizes, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen,
Allemagne
‘Invisible Adversaries’, Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA

2015
Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France                                                
Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA

2014       
Imagine Brazil, Musée d’Art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France                           
Made By… Feito por Brasileiros, Ciade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil
La línea continua, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA                 
Bloodflames Revisited, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA  
Made by Brazilians…Creative invasions, Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil

2013       
Sexe, Argent et Pouvoir, Maison Particulière, Belgique               
Imagine Brazil, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norvège                             
Brasliana: Installations from 1960 to the Present, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfort, Allemagne
Order, Chaos, and the Space Between: Contemporary Latin American Art from Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA

2010       
Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Twenty Five, Luhring Augustine, New York, New York, USA

2009     
Cooking Chrystals, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscou, Russie
3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscou, Russie             
32 Pieces: The Art of Chess, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Islande              
Objects of Value, The Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA

2008      
Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, Museo Carillo Gil, Ville de Mexico, Mexico
Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico
Arte no es Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas, 1960-2000, Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica Biblioteca Luis
Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombie    
Pivot Points Part 2: New Mythologies, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Florida, USA

2007      
The 80s: A Topology, Museu Serralves: Museu de arte Contemporãnea, Porto, Portugal
The harder you look. Works on paper, 25 April – 31 May, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athènes, Grèce

2006     
The Art of Chess, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russie

2005
Itau Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Art Basel 36, Art Unlimited, Basel, Suisse (installation)

2004
Fotografia e Esculture do Acervo do MAM: 1995-2004, MAM, São Paulo, Brazil               
CACI (Contemporary Art Center Inhotim), Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil

2003
O Sal da Terra, Museo Valeo do Rio Doce, Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil (sculptures and installlation)
Joia Brazil, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (sculptures)
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Suède (sculpture)

2002
Lucio Fontana- a otica do invisivel, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brasilia, São Paulo, Brazil (sculpture)
Violença Paixao, MAM Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, Brazil ( film installation)
Liucido Nigredo y son Ombre, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 32, Basel Switzerland (installation), Suisse

2001
Blind Mirror, Selections from a Contemporary Collection, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil      
Brazil Body & Soul, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Visiones del Sur, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, palacio Velazquez, Madrid, Spain (performance EAA)               
The Passions, Biennal de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
La Belle et la Bête, (installation), acquired permanently for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Guggenheim Museum, NY, USA (sculpture)                 
Miguel Rio Banco-Tunga, Brazil in Venezia/ Brazil in Venice, Palazzo Fortunaty, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2000
Biennal of Kwangju, Corée du Sud (installation, film)
Spanning an Entire Ocean, Culturgest, Lisbonne, Portugal
Brazil 500 anos, XXth century module, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil
Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (installation)
The Quiet in The Land, MAM Bahia, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil (projet, installation)
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK (sculptures and installation)
500 years of Brazil, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal (scupture « Lezart I »)
Fricciones, installation “A ô” Madrid, Spain  
Christopher Grimes gallery, Los Angeles, USA                               
Untitled (Sculpture), Luhring Augustine, New York, USA

1999
Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (installation)
Brazilian Art form the Twentieth Century: collection Gilberto Chateaubriand », Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina                            
Amnesia, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA

1998
Etre Nature, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
Tunga 1997-1997: A Sunrey, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela (sculptures, performance and drawings)
Johnny Walker Price, Museu das Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (performance)                             
Special Rooms, Biennale Internationale, São Paulo, Brazil (performance)
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York USA   
Amnesia, Track 16 and Christopher Grimes Gammery, Santa Monica, USA

1997
20 years Sunrey, Annandale on Hudson, NY USA
Ha Sopas (in collaboration with Artur Barrio) MAM Bahia, Bahia, Brazil
Panorama de Arte Brasileira, MAM São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Documenta X, Kassel, Allemagne (performance and installation)
Centro Cultural Itau and Brazilian Ministry of Culture, São Paulo, Brazil (performance)
30 Years of Tropicalia, MAM Bahia, Bahia, Brazil
Panorama de Arte Brasileiira, MAM São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil             
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                                
Six Brazilian Sculptors, Galeria RBI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Klima Global, Staatliche Kunstalle, Berlin, Allemagne                 
Luhring Augustine, New York, USA                                   
Video from Brazil, Art in General, New York, USA
Generique: Désordres, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

1996
Avant-garde Walk in Soho, New York streets, New York, USA                 
Transparencies, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (performance)   
Sin Fronteras: Arte Latinoamericano Actual, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela

1995
Avant Garde Walk in Venice 1995, Venice streets, Venice, Italy             
Call it Sleep, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands         
Bienal del Barro, Museu de Arte de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela          
Espaço OX, São Paulo, Brazil

1994
10th Bienal de la Habana, La Havana, Cuba (installation)
22nd Bienal International de São Paulo, Brazil (installation)
Call it Sleep, Witte de Witte-Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Hollande (sculpture)          
As Potências de orgânico, Museu do Açude, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1993
Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century, MoMA, New York, USA (installation)
Body to Earth, Fisher Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Lateinamerikanische Kunst in 20. Jahrhundert, Ludwig Museum, Köln, Allemagne (installation)
Second Tyne International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (installation)
Emblemas do Corpo; O Nu Na Arte Moderna Brasieira, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
Um olhar sobre Joseph Beuys, Museu de Arte de Brasilia, Brazil

1992
Arte Amazonia, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (installation)
Artistas Latinoamericanos del siglo XX, Estacion Plaza de Armas, Sevilla, Spain (installation)
Klima Global, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin, Allemagne (installation)
Ha Sopas, with Arthur Barrio, Fundacao Finep, Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
True rouge is the colour that my baby wore, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1991
Viva Brazil Viva, Kulturhusset, Stockholm, Suède (installation)                 
Désordres, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (installation)

1990
U ABC, Funndacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal (installation)           
Transcontinental, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
Prêmio Brasilia de Artes Plásticas, Museu de Arte de Brasilia, Brazil

1989
Lezarts and Through, (with Cildo Meireles), Kanaal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgique (installation)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gabinete de Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil
Nossos anos oitenta, Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria ARCO, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Saramenha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1988
Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Do Objecto ao Desenho, Galeria Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ponto para 21, Rio Design Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Painting Degree Zero, Terne Gallery, New York, USA

1987
Modernidad: Art Brazilien du 20ème Siècle, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Imaginários Singulares – 19a Biennale Internacional de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Ao Colecionador, Museu do Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1083 C, Galeria de Arte UF, Niterói, Brazil

1986
Trienal Latino americana de Arte Sobre Papel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museu de Arte Do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

1985
Escultura 85, Museo Ambiental de Caracas, Venezuela
Transvanguarda e Cultura, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Homenagem a Mara Leontina, Petite Galerie, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Contemporary Art of Brazil, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1984
GB Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
First Salao de Arte da Universidade Federal Fluminese, Niterói, Brazil
Uma Luz Sobre a Cidade, Galeria de Arte UFF, Niterói, Brazil

1983
3000 m3, Espaço Cultural Sergio Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coleçao SULAMERICA Seguros, Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1982
Coleçao Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil
Coleçao Gilberto Chateaubriand, Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venice Biennial, Brazilian Pavilion, Venice, Italy

1981
16th International Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil

1977
National Gallery of Ottawa, Canada

1975
Panorama de Arte Actual, Museu de Arte Contemprânea de São Paulo, Brazil

1974
Galeria Intercontinental, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1973
Instituto de Arte de la Universidad Catolica del Valparaiso, Chili



COLLECTIONS PUBLIQUES (SÉLECTION)

Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói, Brazil
Museu de Arte de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Phoenix, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA
Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Tate Collection, London, UK


RÉCOMPENSES

2005
Nommé pour le Prix Artes Mundi
 
2000
Finaliste, Prix Hugo Boss, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
 
1998
Prix Johnny Walker, Musée National des Beaux-Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
1992
Prix Mário Pedrosa (Association Brazilienne des critiques d'art), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
1990
Prix Brasília de Artes Plásticas, Musée d’Art de Brasilia, Brazil




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