Friday, March 22, 2013

Hugo Canoilas - Preview - Thursday 28th March, 6-8pm at Workplace Gallery


Image: Hugo Canoilas Pássaros do Paraíso (River) Installation view, 30th São Paulo Bienal 2012,

Medium Ink on Fabric unframed, 700 x 640 cm, DVD PAL, 10 minute Loop,

Carved wood Boat from the XVIII century - collection of the Sao Paulo City Museum.

Photo credit: Leo, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK.


Hugo Canoilas  


 Preview: Thursday 28th March, 6 - 8pm


30th March 2013 - 4th March 2013

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

(or by appointment)



Workplace Gallery is pleased to present Magma a solo exhibition or new and recent works by Portuguese artist Hugo Canoilas.


With its foundations in painting, Canoilas' work is often collaborative and incorporates video, sound, sculpture and performance as well as research-based projects. Over the last decade painting has led him to establish a dialogue between abstraction and a style that nods towards social realism. With a strong interest in modernism and literature, Canoilas' practice revisits histories from a political, poetic, religious or existentialist perspective and has a capacity to be in a limbo between some of these subjects.


Hugo Canoilas was born in 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal. Recent Exhibitions include: Paradise Birds - 30th São Paulo Biennial - A iminência das poéticas, curated by Luiz Perez Oramas, Tobi Maier, André Severo and Isabela Villanueva, Museum Casa do Bandeirante, São Paulo, The isle of the dead, Quadrado Azul Gallery, Porto, Untitled (we can be altogether), curated by José Quaresma, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon, A painting is getting its kicks, 1M3, Lausanne, Endless Killing, curated by Chus Martinez. Huarte Contemporary Art Center, Vota Octávio Pato - Ten reasons to be a member, curated by Tobi Maier, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Are you still awake?, curated by Emília Tavares, MNAC - Chiado Museum, Lisbon, Strata, curated by Francesco Stocchi, Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna, Infinit tasks, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Dear painter paint me - with heart and reason, curated by Kaszás Tamás. Trafó Contemporay Art Center, Budapest. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


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