Galerias Municipais present ‘Corpo a Corpo com a Pintura’ (‘A Body-to-Body Skirmish’), a group of paintings by Pedro Chorão, at the Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional. A group of his drawings, ‘A Torto e a Direito’ (‘Every Which Way… But Loose’), are presented simultaneously at the Fundação Carmona e Costa. Together, these two exhibitions compose the retrospective ‘What Painting Says (1971-2016)’. Curated by José Luís Porfírio, this exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Municipal Galleries and the Carmona e Costa Foundation.
Pedro Chorão continues a work that spans more than forty years of painting. Varying in scale and support, his drawings on paper seem to represent a search, while his paintings on canvas, incessantly invent a space. It is this double register that the viewer encounters in the two venues where this exhibition is presented:
At the Torreão da Cordoaria Nacional a ‘Corpo a Corpo com a Pintura’ (‘A Body-to-Body Skirmish’) exhibits works on canvas, dated from 1971 to 2016. They are presented in analogy with documentation and a selection of photographs from Alentejo. Together this body of works reflects a path that prioritizes the pictorial over chronology, and the construction of the painting over the figurative or the narrative.
At the Carmona e Costa Foundation, the works on paper presented under the title “A Torto e a Direito” (Every Which Way… But Loose) are more experimental and small-scale exercises. Here the cutting, tearing, gluing is visible, as is the permanent sense of construction, an order in the chaos that is constantly manifested.
This exhibition, curated by José-Luís Porfírio, was based on a proposal by Paulo Henriques to the Councillor for Culture of the Lisbon City Hall.