Carlos Bunga

Carlos Bunga

Essay by Adam Budak, João Fernandes, Marta Jecu, Ricardo Nicolau, María Inés Rodrígues


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Barcelona-based Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1976) is well known for his large scale installations in which he often uses fragile, perishable materials to build architectural structures, which he sometimes later destroys in performances or even before the exhibition opens. Built over weeks, his site-specific projects are made in direct dialogue with the surrounding architecture. His work ranges from huge installations to video, sculptural objects and drawings that often reflect upon his installations.

Contemporary Art, Monograph
This publication documents the special commission made for the Sonae/Serralves Project in 2012 for which the artist created a very large structure for the entrance hall of the Serralves Museum emphasizing the space’s verticality and functionality, in dialogue with Álvaro Siza’s architecture. Richly illustrated with Bunga’s projects in other artistic contexts ― Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Hammer Museum, 29th São Paulo Biennial, Miami Art Museum, Krome Gallery, Center for Curatorial Studies, Manifesta 5, among others ― the book features texts by João Fernandes and Ricardo Nicolau (exhibition curators), Adam Budak (curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.), Marta Jecu (writer and researcher at CICANT Institute, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon) and an interview conducted by María Inez Rodríguez (former chief curator at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City) offering comprehensive insights into Carlos Bunga’s work.

Carlos Bunga is a Portuguese artist based in Barcelona, who creates process-oriented works in various formats — sculptures, paintings, drawings, performances, video, and above all in situ installations that refer to and intervene in their immediate architectural surroundings.

236 pages
Hardback, 23x30 cm
Bom dia Boa tarde Boa noite, 1st edition 2014
ISBN 9783943514247