Rui Chafes | AICA/MC/Millenium bcp 2021 Visual Arts Award

Galeria Filomena Soares is pleased to announce the Award Ceremony of the AICA/MC/Millenium bcp 2021 Visual Arts Prize to Rui Chafes on October 21st, 6pm, at CCB - Sala Jorge de Sena.


"The Portuguese Section of the International Association of Art Critics will organize, on October 21 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, in the Jorge de Sena Room, at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, a Round Table entitled "Culture and urban revitalization. New spaces for art". which will be followed by the AICA/MC/Millennium bcp Awards Ceremony for Visual Arts and Architecture 2021.


The Round Table, organized in partnership with AICA Spain, and dedicated to the theme of culture and urban revitalization and new spaces for art, will have the participation of architects Inês Lobo, Nuno Brandão Costa, Ricardo Carvalho and Atelier do Corvo, and will be moderated by Delfim Sardo.


The AICA/MC/Millenium bcp 2021 Awards Ceremony will be attended by His Excellency the Minister of Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva; the Director-General of the Directorate-General of the Arts, Américo Rodrigues; and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Millenium bcp Foundation, Ambassador António Monteiro.


The AICA/MC/Millenium bcp Visual Arts and Architecture 2021 awards were, by unanimous decision of the jury, convened on April 6th, two thousand and twenty-two, by videoconference, awarded to sculptor Rui Chafes (Visual Arts) and architect Nuno Costa Brandão (Architecture).


Comprising Luísa Soares de Oliveira, Paulo Pires do Vale, Inês Lobo and Rui Mendes, and chaired by Catarina Rosendo, the jury justified, in the minutes of the meeting, the choice of awarding the AICA/MC/Millenium bcp 2021 Visual Arts Prize to Rui Chafes, for his solo exhibition 'Nada Existe' held at Galeria Filomena Soares in Lisbon in 2021, and the award of the AICA/MC/Millenium bcp Architecture Prize 2021 to architect Nuno Costa Brandão, for the work of the Camapnhã Intermodal Terminal in Porto, whose buildings were completed in 2021.


AICA/MC/Millenium bcp 2021 Visual Arts Award

The exhibition held by Rui Chafes in 2021, 'Nothing Exists', continues a work of excellence that began in the late 1980s. The works presented, produced between 2020 and 2021, were defined by him as "fragments and black foam flowers born in this, our time of devastation". As a whole, the exhibition demonstrates the artist's ability to renew his language through the creation of pieces that, without abdicating the major conceptual lines that have guided his work and drawing on the medieval and Gothic sculptural tradition, are anchored in new technical processes and are ultimately rooted in the dialogue established since 2018 with the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. His works operate on the senses created by the dialogue between absence and presence, the weight of matter and the lightness of air, the closed form and what it encloses, through iron molded, welded, dominated by fire, and painted, finally, matte black, always in the quest to, as he said in 2007, "show or sense something that is not here.""


Sources: AICA Portugal


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