The work of Cruzeiro Seixas will be highlighted at the Frieze international art fair, in London, between October 13th and 17th.
Documents, letters, drawings, poetry and insults, some of which are unpublished, by the Portuguese surrealist, who died last year at the age of 99, will be among rarely seen works by little-known figures but considered pioneers of the 20th century’s avant-garde art.
The exhibition comes from the hand of Perve Galeria, which selected works produced over five decades, with special emphasis on the work developed by the artist while he lived in Angola, over 12 years, between 1952 and 1964.
The show is the second international exhibition of the Cycle of Celebration of the Centenary of Cruzeiro Seixas, which Perve has been promoting since 2020.
The Spotlight Section is curated by the American Laura Hoptman, current director of the Drawing Center museum in New York, and who for years directed the Museum of Modern Art in the same city (MoMA), and is dedicated to avant-garde artists of the 20th century.
This year will include works by artists such as Woody Vasulka, Franca Sonnino, Obiora Udechukwu, Feliciano Centurión, Santi Alleruzzo, among many others.
The Lisbon gallery is the only Portuguese gallery among 130 international galleries at Frieze Masters, the part of the international fair dedicated to artists prior to the 21st century.
The “brother” event, Frieze London, is dedicated to contemporary art and artists still alive, with work after 2000. Together, they annually attract around 60 thousand visitors, such as programmers, artists, collectors, gallery owners and critics, as well as the general public, but in 2020 it took place in a digital format due to the covid-19 pandemic. Taking advantage of the presence of international specialists in London, many galleries hold parallel exhibitions to coincide with Frieze, such as the case of Neon Art Gallery, which will promote a solo exhibition by the Portuguese Hugo Lami.
As part of Frieze Sculpture, one of the largest open-air sculpture exhibitions in London, which runs until October 31, exhibits the Portuguese José Pedro Croft. The exhibition is curated, for the ninth consecutive year, by Clare Lilley, program director at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and will also feature works by Brazilian artists Solange Pessoa and Vanessa da Silva.