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João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva Biography

João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva live and work in Lisbon. Working in collaboration since 2001, their research driven practice is a poetic investigation of the metaphysical, encompassing moving image, installation, sculpture, and photography. Creating objects and scenarios that are equally cinematic, comedic, and enigmatic, together their works defy the rational, challenging our understanding of the known world. Past solo exhibitions of their work include João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: Peacock, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017), The Sleeping Eskimo, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2016), The Missing Hippopotamus, Kkv Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2015), Papagaio, HangarBicocca, Milan (2014); travelled to Camden Arts Centre, London (2015), and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015), One month without filming, REDCAT, Los Angeles (2015), Since you have eaten the horse, you can travel to Rome by donkey: on dwarf philosophy, Kunsternernes Hus, Oslo (2012) and Passengers 1.7, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008). In 2009, Gusmão and Paiva represented Portugal at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Additionally, their work was included in The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the International Art Exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010), Manifesta 7 (2008), the 6th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2007), and the 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo (2006).

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva Featured Artworks

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Rainbow with Mountain by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaRainbow with Mountain, 2018Bronze
123.5 x 80.5 x 26 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Contact Gallery
Round Objects that Appear Square by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaRound Objects that Appear Square, 2013Chromogenic colour print
89 x 120 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Contact Gallery
Box outside boxes by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaBox outside boxes, 2015Patinated bronze
85 x 164.5 x 76 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Contact Gallery
Esparguete a Voar by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaEsparguete a Voar, 2013C-print
140 x 112 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Contact Gallery
Cabeça de repolho (Cabbage head) by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaCabeça de repolho (Cabbage head), 2018Painted polyvinyl chloride
35.6 x 23.5 x 20.3 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Cabeça de laranja (Orange head) by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaCabeça de laranja (Orange head), 2016Painted polyvinyl chloride
23 x 23 x 20 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Experiment on the Effluvium by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaExperiment on the Effluvium, 200916mm film, colour, no sound, 10 mins 43 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery
Placing the fisheye by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaPlacing the fisheye, 201216mm film, colour, no sound, 2 min 30 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery Contact Gallery

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, WHERE THE SORCERER DOESN’T DARE TO STICK HIS NOSE and Another B&W Ghost Show at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
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6 September–27 October 2018 João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva WHERE THE SORCERER DOESN’T DARE TO STICK HIS NOSE and Another B&W Ghost Show Andrew Kreps Gallery537 West 22nd Street

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva In Related Press

Mad, magical and mesmerising: Gusmão + Paiva's labyrinth of silent films Related Press Mad, magical and mesmerising: Gusmão + Paiva's labyrinth of silent films 4 February 2015, The Guardian

What a peculiar world the Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva inhabit. Populated by birds, fish and animals, cyclists, smokers and donkey-riders, it is a place of abstractions and illusions, the everyday and the impossible.

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