CAM in Motion: Gabriel Abrantes

A brief history of Princess X, 2016

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In the Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a cycle of videos from the CAM Collection will be presented in a shipping container.

This film by Gabriel Abrantes humorously narrates the story of the creation of the famous sculpture Princess X, by Constantin Brancusi, one of the great artists of the 20th century. Made in 1916, the work sparked great controversy thanks to its phallic shape in polished bronze, despite the sculptor’s assertion that it was a stylised female figure, namely Marie Bonaparte, the great-grandniece of the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Gabriel Abrantes’ film also looks at events that converge with the history of art, both international and Portuguese, such as Duchamp’s urinal, or the friendship that Brancusi forged with Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso during his stay in Paris. The film was supported by the Arts Council England and won the special jury award for the best narrative short at the San Francisco International Film Festival.


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Gabriel Abrantes, A brief history of Princess X, 2016


This second cycle of videos in the CAM Collection deals with the female condition, feminism, anxiety and solitude, pleasure and even gender issues.

Curator: Patrícia Rosas


CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings.

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