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View of “Carlos Bunga,” 2015. On floor: Construcción Constructiva (Constructive Construction), 2015. On wall: Construcción Pictórica #16 (Pictorial Construction #16), 2015. Photo: Stefan Altenburger.

Carlos Bunga

Museum Haus Konstruktiv

View of “Carlos Bunga,” 2015. On floor: Construcción Constructiva (Constructive Construction), 2015. On wall: Construcción Pictórica #16 (Pictorial Construction #16), 2015. Photo: Stefan Altenburger.

“I Am a Nomad,” the first exhibition in Switzerland by the Barcelona-based Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga, was articulated by its curator, Sabine Schaschl, in two distinct parts. The first was an installation of recent large-scale works that sit at the cusp of painting, sculpture, and architecture; the second was a selection of small-scale, model-like constructions and works on paper. The installation, on the museum’s fifth floor, was bookended by monitors showing early video works—one of them, Pintura (Painting), 2000, dates back to the artist’s student days (he graduated from ESAD.CR, the Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, in 2003). In Pintura, we see Bunga in his studio with his back to the camera, facing off against several of his own paintings that hang on the wall or lean against it. Pacing back and forth, he seems to observe his works

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