José Barrias, Wunderkammer, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

José Barrias

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

José Barrias, Wunderkammer, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable.

The Latin words in this show’s title, “José Barrias: In Itinere,” might be best translated in this context as “ongoing” (rather than, for example, “in progress”), for the exhibition, curated by João Fernandes, did not offer any ascending arrangement of works or connect them in any obvious fashion. Instead, the Milan-based Portuguese artist created an erratic, labyrinthine environment in which new and older pieces in various mediums could effortlessly interact with each other and the museum space. The latter was structured as a series of galleries—some of which were painted in vivid colors, creating a sense of separation and enclosure—containing large installations, sculptures, drawings, and paintings, leading to a corridor dramatically illuminated with neon lights and filled with large, weighty white cuboids protruding at different angles from the walls, a work titled

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