All I want: Construction

Discover the selection of works that integrate this thematic section of the exhibition “All I want – Portuguese women artists from 1900 to 2020” followed by the curators' text.

By Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Curators: Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand

Measuring E1027 (2011) by Fernanda FragateiroOriginal Source: Collection Fernanda Fragateiro

Section 7 – Construction

Reading and writing are transferred into this section by Fernanda Fragateiro's deployment of the book as form, object and promise of meaning in her work Measuring E1027.

Measuring E1027 (2011) by Fernanda FragateiroOriginal Source: Collection Fernanda Fragateiro

Measuring E1027, 2011
Plexiglas, handcrafted notebooks with fabric covers, pages of the book E1027 Maison en bord de mer (Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici, facsimile edition, Éditions Imbernon, Marseille, 2006; original edition in L'Architecture Vivante, Éditions Albert Morancé, Paris, 1929) 
150 x 550 x 25 cm
Collection Fernanda Fragateiro

(Demo) (2017) by Fernanda FragateiroOriginal Source: Private Collection, Lisbon

(Demo), 2017
White lacquered stainless steel, handcrafted notebooks with fabric covers, inkjet prints of the cover of the book Demo, Eine Bildgeschichte des Protests in der Bundesrepublik (Nikolaus Jungwirth, Belyz Verlag, Weinheim und Basel, 1986) and shirt 
200 x 100 x 20 cm
Private Collection, Lisbon, inv. 8392

Stone FreeOriginal Source: Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

For this artist, as for Ângela Ferreira, a focus on the formal, social, economic and political dimensions of architecture and design have proven a rich seam of exploration in recent work.

Stone FreeOriginal Source: Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

Stone Free, 2012 
Wood (2 elements); C-print on aluminium (2 elements) 
Variable dimensions
Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, inv. FS 2010

Stone FreeOriginal Source: Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

Stone FreeOriginal Source: Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto

Uno y uno y uno (2018) by Susanne ThemlitzOriginal Source: Collection S & A

Uno y uno y uno, 2018
Glazed ceramics
27 x 24 cm
Collection S & A

Of Human Servitude 1997 (2008) by Ana HatherlyCalouste Gulbenkian Foundation

By making reference to historic achievements in those disciplines and appropriating their language, their works remind us that nothing is innocent in the visual world, that all forms of expression come loaded with an ideological understanding of how to manage tensions between the public and private spheres, between identity and community, between the political and the individual.

Of Human Servitude 1997 (2008) by Ana HatherlyCalouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Of Human Servitude 1997, 2008
Goffering on Guarro paper; Ed. 8/30
49,8 x 40,2 cm
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Centro de Arte Moderna, inv. GP1169

Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker (2012) by Ângela FerreiraOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

The feminist dimension of some of these works is especially noteworthy, referencing as they do the work of other women and thus actively fostering the public recognition that some of them still lack.

Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker (2012) by Ângela FerreiraOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Talk Tower for Ingrid Jonker, 2012
Sculpture: MDF, loudspeakers, sound; Photograph: C-print on aluminium; Drawings: graphite on paper
280 x 70 x 70 cm
106 x 160 cm
11 x (21 x 28 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Talk Tower for Ingrid JonkerOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Talk Tower for Ingrid JonkerOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Talk Tower for Ingrid JonkerOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Talk Tower for Ingrid JonkerOriginal Source: Courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

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Cover of the exhibition catalogueCalouste Gulbenkian Foundation

This exhibition brings together about two hundred works by forty female Portuguese artists. Its primary objective is to assist in rectifying the systematic erasure that works by these artists – like so of their sisters elsewhere in the world – have suffered since time immemorial.

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Credits: Story

The exhibition All I want: Portuguese women artists from 1900 to 2020, in its first moment at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, is part of the cultural program that takes place in parallel to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021.

Exhibition organized by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in co-production with the Center of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré, Tours, and with the collaboration of the Plano Nacional das Artes (Portugal).

Curatorship and text:
Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand


Get to know in detail the universe of artists presented in this section through a text by Lígia Afonso / Plano Nacional das Artes:
Fernanda Fragateiro
Ângela Ferreira
Susanne Themlitz
Ana Hatherly

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