Museu Berardo
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
Fundação Berardo

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 Vieira, João (1934 - )

Palácio / Clepsydra, 1961

Oil on canvas;
95 x 161 cm

UID 102-599


Portuguese artist born in Vidago. In 1951-52 studied painting at Fine Arts School of Lisbon (ESBAL). He shares his studio with José Escada, René Bertholo and Gonçalo Duarte. He shows his works for the first time in 1956 (1st Salão dos Artistas de Hoje, Lisbon). In 1957 goes to Paris where he studies at Academie de la Grande-with Henri Goetz. First solo exhibition, in Lisbon, 1959. and, in the same year goes back to Paris. He collaborates in KWY art publication, becoming one of the members of this Group and participating in its exhibitions. He meets António Saura, painter of the group El Paso, bringing along the participation of this Spanish group in KWY publication. In 1964 teaches at the Maidstone College of Art, in London. In1967 he returns to Lisbon , beginning to work almost exclusively as stage designer. In 1970, he did his first performance at his solo exhibition O Espírito da Letra, by destroying all the "object-letters" in the exhibition., to which was awarded Prize Soquil 70. During the 70's and 80's he did several exhibitions and performances (he was one of the pioneers of performance in Portugal), exploring different materials (plexiglas, flexible and regid "poliuretano" among others). Serralves Foundation, Oporto has shown a retrospective of his work in 2002.


Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
15-03-2001 ~ 22-07-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

João Vieira: Bodies of Letters
Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Portugal
18-01-2002 ~ 10-03-2002

Liberdade de Imprensa Colecção Berardo
Galeria Diário de Noticias, Portugal
15-03-2006 ~ 05-05-2006


João Vieira: Bodies of Letters, 2002
Published by Museu de Serralves

KWY, 2001
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém

Liberdade de Imprensa Colecção Berardo, 2006
Published by Diário de Notícias
ISBN 9729335923

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

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