Pilar Corrias presents
1 April – 4 May 2011
Pilar Corrias is delighted to announce Magma: an exhibition of new works by Tunga, his first with the gallery.
One of the most influential artists of his generation, Tunga (b. Palmares, Brazil 1952)
lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. Tunga’s extraordinary practice encompasses sculpture,
performance, poetry and video. For over thirty years he has created an integrated
body of work characterized by an associative interplay of mirroring and self-reference
between individual pieces. Derived from his own constructed mythology Tunga creates
installations and sculptures that seem to recall the ancient ritualistic practices of some lost
For his first exhibition with the gallery, Tunga has created a series of meticulously
constructed sculptural assemblages deploying the symbolic materials central to his
sculptural vocabulary. Held together by magnetic force fields alchemic assemblages of
talismanic objects sensually evoke the delicate equilibrium between life and death.
Fusing lead, glass goblets, steel braiding, crystals, and bodily fluids this series of
Untitled works form the latest manifestation of Tunga’s symbolic universe in which the
harmonious and the subversive coexist.
Tunga has exhibited internationally since the 1970s. In 2006 a monumental installation
entitled A la Lumiere des Deux Mondes occupied the area beneath the glass pyramid
at Musée du Louvre, Paris. In 2007 Tunga’s solo exhibition entitled Laminated
Souls occupied two floors at MoMA PS1, New York. Further solo exhibitions
include Whitechapel Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago; MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey,
Mexico; and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo and Brasilia. Tunga has
participated in two Venice Biennales (1995), (2001), in Documenta X (1997), and four
São Paulo Biennials. His work is represented in public collections worldwide including
the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los
Angeles, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and Moderna Museet,
Pilar Corrias Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 6pm & Saturday 11am-6pm.
For further information, please contact Lara Asole on +44 (0)20 7323 7000 or