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 Almeida, Helena (1934 - )
Portugal

Estudo para Dois Espaços (Study for Two Spaces) (4 fotografias a p/b), 1977

Black and white photograph;
53 x 43 cm
Body Art

UID 102-727



Biography

Portuguese artist born in Lisbon, graduated in Painting at the Fine Arts School of Lisbon (ESBAL). From the beginning of her art career, in 1961, Helena Almeida has unceasingly questioned the traditional means of art, painting above all. This reflection is at the same time accompanied by the constant practice of the photographic self-representation. Her husband, the architect and artist Artur Rosa took the photographs. In 1967, she presented her first one-woman show at the Galeria Buchholz, in which painting already looked like wanting "to come out" or "to fall" according to the artist's words. Afterwards, Helena Almeida began to inhabit her work (Inhabited Paintings), displaying and using her own body (body art and performance), and abolishing disciplinary frontiers in art. A Selection of solo exhibitions: Representative of Portugal in the Venice Biennale 82; 1983 Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian; 1989 Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh; 1991 Centre d'Art de Saint Vicent, Herblay, Paris. A selection of collective exhibitions: 1972-74 AICA, SNBA, Lisbon; 1977 Alternativa Zero, Galeria de Belém, Lisbon, VII International Encounter on Video, CAYC, Barcelona, Photography as Art - Art as Photography II, Fotoforum, Kassel, Copier-Recopier, Galeria Gaetan, Genebra; 1979 Photography as Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Londres; 1981 Portuguese Video Art, Gallery of New Concepts, University of Iowa, 1982 10 Expanded Photographers, Kunstwerstatt, München; 1985 Kunst mit Eigen-Sinn, Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Wien, Livres d'artistes, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; 1994 O Rosto e a Máscara, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, 60's - Anos de Ruptura, Palácio Galveias, Lisbon; 1997 From here to There, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, CAMJAP, Lisboa; 1999 Ragtime, Galeria Estrany & de la Mota, Barcelona, Circa 1968, Museu de Serralves, Oporto, Looking for a Place, SITE, Santa Fe, Third International Biennale, Santa Fe, 1987-88 70-80 Art in Portugal, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, USA. Helena Almeida has received several international awards. Anthological exhibitions of Helena Almeida were seen in 2000 at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, and at the MEIAC, Badajoz.



Exhibitions

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Photography in The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
01-02-2005 ~ 30-04-2005

Helena Almeida. Feet on the ground, head in the sky.
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
19-03-2004 ~ 16-05-2004

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 09-09-2007

She is a Femme Fatale – A Colecção Berardo em Campus
FTC na Costa da Caparica, Portugal
08-04-2010 ~ 07-06-2010





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