11 March 2019

Lourdes Castro’s shadows in France

The first monographic and retrospective exhibition of Portuguese artist Lourdes Castro in France will be presented at the Musée Régional d'Art Contemporain Occitanie in Sérignan during the following months.

Lourdes Castro‘Untitled’, undated.

Ombres et compagnie [Shadows and company], the first monographic and retrospective exhibition of Portuguese artist Lourdes Castro in France, will be presented at the Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitanie in Sérignan from 17 February to 2 June 2019. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is assisting this exhibition by lending more than a dozen works – including paintings, prints and objects – mostly produced in the 1960s.

Chosen by Lourdes Castro herself, the title Ombres et compagnie refers to the artist’s thematic universe developed around the concept of the shadow in various objects, paintings, books and prints. Including works produced from the 1950s to the 1990s, this exhibition constitutes a journey through the artist’s life and work, bringing together joyful and informal shadows that Lourdes Castro materialises into silhouettes of bodies that think, smoke, speak, work and sleep.

As a holder of a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant, Lourdes Castro (Funchal, 1930) lived in Paris where she founded, with René Bertholo, the international art collective KWY and the magazine of the same name (1958-63/64), reflecting the effervescent and cosmopolitan spirit of the 1960s, when the avant-garde sought to create a close relationship between art and life, a spirit which is reflected in the artist’s work. 

Updated on 12 March 2019