Francisco Tropa

The Pyrgus from Chaves

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22 Feb – 03 Jun 2019
  • Closed on Tuesday


Founder´s Collection Museum – Galleries and Lower Gallery Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon
Following the discovery of a mysterious object from the Roman period, Francisco Tropa proposes a dialogue between past and present, contemporary sculpture and archaeology.

Francisco Tropa (Lisbon, 1968) has developed a project for the Conversations Space that brings together contemporary sculpture and archaeology, in collaboration with the archaeologist Sérgio Carneiro.

The starting point of this exhibition is a bronze ‘pyrgus’ or ‘dice box’ found in the newly discovered Roman Healing Spa of Chaves. This unique sculptural object of the Roman period is essentially a tower used to throw dice.

The artist places this object at the centre of his project, evoking notions of time and origins (beginning with the origins of sculpture itself); history and chance; the body, play and death.

Francisco Tropa is a Portuguese artist with an established career dating from the 90s. In recent years, he has gained increasing critical and institutional attention on the international circuit, with appearances at the Venice Biennale (2011), the Istanbul Biennial (2011), Manifesta (2000), the Melbourne Biennial (1999) and the Biennial of São Paulo (1998).

Curators: Sérgio Carneiro e Penelope Curtis





In Portuguese only

Talk with the curator Sérgio Carneiro and the artist Francisco Tropa
Friday, 1 March, 17:00

Guided tours
Saturday, 9 March, 13 April and 1 June, 15:00

Guided tours in Portuguese, English or French
(+351) 217 823 800
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Trata-se de uma exposição notável e intensa onde os planos do mundo, da história e da arte se fundem e formam um plano único.

– Público


The Healing Spa of Chaves

The Catastrophe

The Pyrgus form chaves

The Pyrgus’ Inscription

Francisco Tropa


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