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Les Trois Grâces

Pedro Cabrita Reis

12 February – 7 June 2022

Her work is featured in the following collections: Museu do Chiado, Serralves Foundation, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Funchal, EDP Foundation, Coleção António Cachola and also the Coleção Banco Privado. She received the Prémio União Latina prize in 2001.From the principles of assemblage, intervened appropriation and abstract construction, the artist creates objects that appeal to the careful reading of their own processes, surprise and intrinsic nature. Isolated or conceived for dialogues in the space, they have the presence and the tactile appeal of sculpture, but also the resourcefulness of drawing and the intriguing challenge of their latent symbolic reference.

His version of the Three Graces is made up of three autonomous elements, all made of cork, each about 4.50m high and weighing nearly 500kg, all resting on an iron base of about 400kg. The design work took place in the premises of the company Corticeira Amorim, which is associated with this project. “Besides the desire to include new materials in my creative process, cork has, among other things, the advantages of being sustainable and an important national product,” Cabrita points out.

The use of this material also echoes one of the themes selected for the France-Portugal 2022 Season, which places sustainable development at the center of its programming. The presentation of this work by the artist, one of the most international on the contemporary Portuguese art scene, creates an emblematic moment through the transhistorical dialogues offered by his particular look at public and monumental sculpture. (source: Louvre)

The Louvre Museum invited Pedro Cabrita Reis to design a monumental work exhibited in the Grand Réservé nord of the Jardin des Tuileries as part of the France-Portugal Season 2022. Cabrita has designed an original work, in Portuguese cork, which reinterprets an essential theme of Greco-Roman Antiquity, The Three Graces.The artist thus brings, as he has often done, a reassessment of the canons of art history.

With The Three Graces, he confronts tradition and renews an old theme, very present in the collections of the Louvre, especially in Greco-Roman art. Added to this dialogue is a more unexpected one, of the marbles and bronzes of the Tuileries Garden, inherited from the century of Louis XIV or marked by the dominant academicism of the 19th century.

His version of the Three Graces is made up of three autonomous elements, all made of cork, each about 4.50m high and weighing nearly 500kg, all resting on an iron base of about 400kg. The design work took place in the premises of the company Corticeira Amorim, which is associated with this project. “Besides the desire to include new materials in my creative process, cork has, among other things, the advantages of being sustainable and an important national product,” Cabrita points out.

The use of this material also echoes one of the themes selected for the France-Portugal 2022 Season, which places sustainable development at the center of its programming. The presentation of this work by the artist, one of the most international on the contemporary Portuguese art scene, creates an emblematic moment through the transhistorical dialogues offered by his particular look at public and monumental sculpture. (source: Louvre)

About

Patrícia Garrido graduated in painting at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes in Lisbon (ESBAL). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions which include: Mais Tempo, Menos História, Serralves Foundation, Porto (1996); O Império Contra-Ataca, Galeria ZDB, Lisbon (1998); Squatters, Galeria do CRUARB, Porto (2001). Solo exhibitions include: T1, Serralves Foundation, Porto (1998); Móveis ao Cubo, Desenhos ao Acaso, TREM Galeria Municipal de Arte, Faro (2009); Peças Mais ou Menos Recentes, EDP Foundation, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis and Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto (2013).

The Louvre Museum invited Pedro Cabrita Reis to design a monumental work exhibited in the Grand Réservé nord of the Jardin des Tuileries as part of the France-Portugal Season 2022. Cabrita has designed an original work, in Portuguese cork, which reinterprets an essential theme of Greco-Roman Antiquity, The Three Graces.The artist thus brings, as he has often done, a reassessment of the canons of art history.

With The Three Graces, he confronts tradition and renews an old theme, very present in the collections of the Louvre, especially in Greco-Roman art. Added to this dialogue is a more unexpected one, of the marbles and bronzes of the Tuileries Garden, inherited from the century of Louis XIV or marked by the dominant academicism of the 19th century.

About

About

The Louvre Museum invited Pedro Cabrita Reis to design a monumental work exhibited in the Grand Réservé nord of the Jardin des Tuileries as part of the France-Portugal Season 2022. Cabrita has designed an original work, in Portuguese cork, which reinterprets an essential theme of Greco-Roman Antiquity, The Three Graces.The artist thus brings, as he has often done, a reassessment of the canons of art history.

With The Three Graces, he confronts tradition and renews an old theme, very present in the collections of the Louvre, especially in Greco-Roman art. Added to this dialogue is a more unexpected one, of the marbles and bronzes of the Tuileries Garden, inherited from the century of Louis XIV or marked by the dominant academicism of the 19th century.

His version of the Three Graces is made up of three autonomous elements, all made of cork, each about 4.50m high and weighing nearly 500kg, all resting on an iron base of about 400kg. The design work took place in the premises of the company Corticeira Amorim, which is associated with this project. “Besides the desire to include new materials in my creative process, cork has, among other things, the advantages of being sustainable and an important national product,” Cabrita points out.

The use of this material also echoes one of the themes selected for the France-Portugal 2022 Season, which places sustainable development at the center of its programming. The presentation of this work by the artist, one of the most international on the contemporary Portuguese art scene, creates an emblematic moment through the transhistorical dialogues offered by his particular look at public and monumental sculpture. (source: Louvre)

Exhibition Views

“I chose this theme. I find it interesting to reconsider themes, myths and stories that form the basis of art history. The Three Graces, which have run through our European history since before classical antiquity, fit into this framework of action which particularly interests me.”

Pedro Cabrita Reis, louvre.fr

Photographic documentation