Fernando Calhau. Work in Progress

In October 2001, the CAM organised a survey exhibition devoted to Fernando Calhau. While the CAM is closed, we invite you to revisit, every month, an exhibition from the past.
12 oct 2021

On 18 October 2001, the CAM opened an exhibition devoted to Fernando Calhau (1948-2002), curated by the essayist, professor and curator Delfim Sardo. Entitled Work in Progress, this was the artist’s last major solo exhibition in his lifetime, and was preceded by another show, Passageiro Assediado, which focused on a series of drawings by the artist, also presented at the CAM.

Work in Progress included works by Fernando Calhau in various media – painting, photography, photogravure and film. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition included the curator’s interview with the artist, as well as reproductions of works, photographs of Fernando Calhau’s studio and catalogue entries written by Doris von Drathen.


Fernando Calhau, 'S/Título #405»', 1992. Inv. 04DP2129
Fernando Calhau, 'S/Título #406', 1992. Inv. 04DP2130


The exhibition explored key concepts from Calhau’s work, such as serialism, minimalism and monochromatism, and included several works from different collections and institutions, for example the Serralves Museum, the Funchal Contemporary Art Museum, the Berardo Collection, the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation, the Luso-American Development Foundation and Cinemateca Portuguesa.


View of the exhibition 'Fernando Calhau. Work in Progress'. CAM, 1992. Foto:


In parallel, Luís Miguel Correia made a documentary about the artist’s work, later projected at various screenings in the CAM. There were also guided visits to the exhibition, which, along with the exhibition of drawings, was well received by the critics.

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