Menina Limpa, Menina Suja

In July 2010, the CAM presented the exhibition Menina Limpa, Menina Suja [Clean Girl, Dirty Girl], which brought together more than 120 works by Ana Vidigal.
01 jul 2022

The survey exhibition Menina Limpa, Menina Suja [Clean Girl, Dirty Girl] opened on 23 July 2010 in the Modern Art Centre, occupying the atrium, the floor 1 gallery and the main exhibition hall. Curated by Isabel Carlos, then director of the CAM, the exhibition brought together 120 works by the artist Ana Vidigal (1960), a Gulbenkian Foundation grant holder, with the intention of producing a synthesis of her 30-year-long career.

The display included painting, installation, collage and some objects, revealing a more experimental facet of the artist’s work. The pieces were set out more or less chronologically, although not in an entirely linear arrangement. One of the most frequent themes approached in the exhibition – and in Ana Vidigal’s work in general – was feminism, explicit in many of her titles and in the materials she used to create her work.

A highlight among the pieces on display was the video Domingo à Tarde [Sunday Afternoon], which the curator regarded as a kind of summary of the artist’s creative process. This video is currently part of the CAM Collection, as is the installation Penelope, that brings together a series of letters exchanged between the artist’s parents during the colonial war.



Other works from the CAM Collection were also included (five drawings, a painting and a sculpture), as well as diverse pieces from public and private collections in Portugal. The exhibition closed in October 2010 and was accompanied by a bilingual (Portuguese and English) catalogue, with texts by the curator, by Claire Tacons and by Ruth Rosengarten.

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