Lisbon

Gabriel Abrantes, Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la Jeune Fille de Pierre (The Extraordinary Misadventures of the Stone Lady), 2019, 8K video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Gabriel Abrantes, Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la Jeune Fille de Pierre (The Extraordinary Misadventures of the Stone Lady), 2019, 8K video, color, sound, 20 minutes.

Gabriel Abrantes

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

While Gabriel Abrantes might be best known as a filmmaker (having recently won the International Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his first feature-length film, Diamantino [2018], codirected with his occasional collaborator Daniel Schmidt), the Lisbon-based artist has been developing his themes, obsessions, and research across a wide range of mediums, from simple pastel drawings and oil paintings to animations and virtual reality. Curated by Inês Grosso, the exhibition “Melancolia Programada” (Programmed Melancholy) has brought together more than a decade of work, starting with forty-three works on paper, mounted on white and set in simple wooden frames. Almost all of these images were created as gifts for the artist’s friends and relatives, and the prominence of their positioning at the entrance foregrounds the emphasis on family—biological or otherwise—that

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