Biography

João Maria Gusmão (Lisbon, 1979) and Pedro Paiva (Lisbon, 1977) met in the late nineties while studying Fine Art in Lisbon. Since then, their fascination for philosophy has marked their artistic work. Their artistic collaboration, which they describe as a ‘philosophical-poetic fiction’, began in 2001. Focusing on literary texts and the history of science and philosophy, they have turned their work into a meeting point for science, fiction and mythology. Although they both pursue individual artistic careers, they also work together in the production of objects, installations, photographs and short 16 and 35 mm films. Fond of irony and the absurd, they use optical illusions, film media and obscure experiments to mistrust reason and show its limitations. Referencing occultism, speculative philosophy, the theatre of the absurd and science-fiction literature, their projects create dream scenarios that question the borders between science, perception, invention and magic.

Solo Exhibitions

2020
2019
  • A Pele do Fantasma seguido d'A Sueca, Colecção Maria e Armando Cabral, Lisbon
2018
2017
  • Lua Cão (with Alexandre Estrela), Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon
  • Avantesma Fantasma and a b&w ghost show, Galleria Zero, Milan
  • Aveantesma Fantasma, BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Teatro Dona Maria II, Lisbon
  • Those animals, that, at a distance, resemble flies / Os animais que ao longe parecem moscas, Oliva Creative Factory / José Lima Collection, São João de Madeira
  • Jardin Infini. De Giverny à l'Amazonie, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Paris
2016
2015
2014
2013
  • Onça Geométrica, Galleria Zero, Milan
  • O Problema de Molyneux, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
  • Third man argument, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
  • Maçã e Darwin, Macaco De Newton, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Ponta Delgada, Azores
2012
  • Voltair's Armpit, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
  • Trilemma : Over a Ghostly Conception Fri Art - Centre d'art de Fribourg, Fribourg
  • Those animals that, at a distance, resemble flies, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus
  • Since you have eaten the horse, you can travel to Rome by donkey: on dwarf philosophy, Kunsternernes Hus, Oslo
  • 10.000 coisas, Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2011
  • There’s nothing more to tell because this is small, as is every fecundation, Museo Marino Marini, Florence
  • ... as in all circumstances of life, and especially those that, not being anything in themselves, will become everything in the results, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania
  • Alien Theory, Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris
  • Tem gwef tem gwef dr rr rr, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
  • "Desinit in Piscem”, More Precisely Ending in Fishtail, IMO Projects, Copenhagen
  • A Brief History of Slowness and Vertigo, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon
2010
  • Hand Smaller Than Hand, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
  • The foot removes the sock which takes off the shoe which leaves the footprint..., Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
  • Index, Stockholm, Sweden
  • On the Movement of the Fried Egg and Other Astronomical Bodies, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Analogy, the description of the world, Galleria Zero, Milan
2009
  • Experiments and Observations on Different kinds of Air, Official Portuguese Representation of 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice
  • About the presence of things, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover
  • Magnetic Resonance On Abissologic Experiments, Mercer Union – Centre For Contemporary Visual Art, Toronto
2008
  • Meteorítica, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo
  • Meteorítica, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon
  • Articulações, Allgarve, Minas de Salgema, Loulé
  • Hydraulics of Solids, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
  • Passengers 1.7, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
  • Horizonte de Acontecimientos, Matadero Madrid
  • Abissologia, Cordoaria Nacional / Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2007
  • Crevasse, Laboratório 987, Museu de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Castilla y León
2006
  • Eflúvio Magnético (Síntese), Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Guarda
  • Eflúvio Magnético (2ª. Parte), Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2005
  • Intrusão: The Red Square, Museu do Chiado, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
2004
  • Matéria Imparticulada, Galeria Graça Brandão, Porto
  • Eflúvio Magnético: O Nome do Fenómeno, Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2003
  • O Ouro dos Idiotas, Projecto InTransit, Artes em Partes, Porto
2002
  • Air Liquide, Galeria Ara, Lisbon

Group Exhibitions

2020
  • Presente Contínuo: Adquisiçoes recentes da coleçao Norlinda e José Lima, Centro de art oliva, São João da Madeira
  • Good Vibrations, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon
  • Le Cours des Choses, CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
2019
2018
  • Haus Wittgenstein, MAAT: Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Lisbon
  • Black Light, Secret traditions in Art since the 1950s, CCCB - Centro de Cultura Contemporânea de Barcelona
  • The pull of a well placed comma, MACE - Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Elvas
  • Earl Gravy: Homebodies, Away Teams, UMOCA - Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City
2017
  • Like a Moth to a Flame, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
  • Quote / Unquote. Entre Apropriação e Diálogo, MAAT. Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisboa
  • Them or us!, Galeria Municipal do Porto
  • More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
  • The String Traveller, Museum of Contemporary Art S.M.A.K., Ghent
2016
2015
2014
2013
  • Film as Sculpture, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
  • The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale - International Art Exhibition, Venice
  • Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice, Ukrainian Collateral Event on the 55th Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), Venice
  • Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel, Palais de Tokyo , Paris
  • It Is Only A State Of Mind, NGBK_ Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
  • 1966-79, IAC, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne
  • Zweiter Streich, Fürstenberg Zeitgenössisch, Donaueschingen
2012
  • The Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination, Centre of Culture ZAMEK, Poznan
  • S. F. (Art, science & fiction), MAC's, Grand Hornu
  • 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
  • Tem calma o teu país está a desaparecer, Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
  • In the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
  • When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco
  • Ghosts in the Machine, New Museum, New York
  • Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction, Arnolfi Gallery, Bristol
  • Collecting Collections and Concepts, Fábrica Asa, Guimarães
  • Arte Portuguesa do Século XX 1960 – 2010, MNAC – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
  • VI Bienal de Arte e Cultura de São Tomé e Príncipe, Museu da Cidade, Lisbon; São Tomé, São Tomé e Principe
2011
  • Octopus 11: The Matter of Air, Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne
  • Kunst und Philosophie, n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
  • The Art of Narration changes with Time, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
  • Experimental Station, CA2M, Madrid
  • Exposição permanente do Museu Colecção Berardo (1960-2010), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon
  • Staging the Archive, MACE - Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elva
  • THE LAST FIRST DECADE, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão
2010
  • Responsive Subject, MUZee, Ostende
  • 10,000 Lives, the 8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
  • Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
  • The Inhabitants, Vilma Gold Gallery, London
2009
  • FAX, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba; The Drawing Center, New York; Contemporary Museum Baltimore, Baltimore; Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, College at Cortland, Cortland, New York; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance
  • Magic Show, The Hayward Gallery; QUAD, Derby; Pump House Gallery, London; Chapter, Cardiff; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
  • Monument for Transformation, City Gallery Prague
  • Corpo, Densidade e Limites, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas
  • Options & Futures, Fundação PLMJ, Lisbon
  • Feitorias, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Funchal
2008
  • Manifesta 7 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Rovereto, Italy
  • Rendez-vous Nowhere, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Part of the Process 3, Galleria Zero, Milan
  • Múltiplas Direcções, arte portuguesa de 1850 até à actualidade, Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • Parangolé: Fragmentos desde los 90 en Brasil, Portugal y España, Patio Herreriano – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid
  • O Presente: Uma Dimensão Infinita, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon
  • L’art contemporain en Europe, Domaine Pommery, Reims
  • Fables Du Doute / Tales Of Disbelief, La Galerie – Centre d’art contemporain, Noisy le Sec, Paris
2007
  • Portugal Agora – À propos des lieux d’origine, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg
  • Colecção António Cachola: Algumas Paisagens, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas
  • Tiempo Al Tiempo / Taking Time, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo
  • Passengers, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
  • VI Bienal de Mercosul, Porto Alegre
  • Sobreposições, Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • IX Prémio União Latina, Culturgest, Lisbon
  • Edit! Fotografia e filme na Colecção Ellipse, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra
  • Intro, Espace photographique Contretype, Brussels
  • I Trienal de Luanda, Luanda
2006
  • XXVII Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
  • Laberinto de Museos, Instituto Cervantes, Beijing
  • Open House, Ellipse Foundation, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais
  • Empirismos, Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo / Espaço Cultural Contemporâneo, Brasília
  • 25 Frames por Segundo: Vídeos da Colecção Fundação PLMJ, Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon
  • Retratos e Figuras na colecção do Museu do Chiado, Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • Constelações Afectivas II – Partes I e II, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon
  • Options & Futures #2, Galeria Arte Contempo, Lisbon
2005
  • Mar Atlântico – Portuguese Video Art, FVNM Screening Room 1307, Chicago
  • Portuguese Screen Videoart, loop.05, Barcelona; Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • Toxic, o discurso do excesso, Fundição de Oeiras
  • Empirismos / LisboaPhoto, Palácio da Ajuda, Lisbon
  • Del Zero al 2005 – Perspectivas del Arte en Portugal, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander
2004
  • Drafting Deceit (special screening), Apexart, New York
  • Prémio EDP Novos Artistas, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
  • Rencontre internationale de lieux de culture indépendants, Bizart, Shanghai
  • Video Zone 2, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
  • Re-Produtores de Sentido, SESC Rio, Rio de Janeiro
  • Quartel – Arte, Trabalho e Revolução, PêSSEGOpráSEMANA, Porto
  • Cidade Iluminada, Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2003
  • How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of Photography, New York
  • Veneer / Folheado, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
  • Os Meus Cromos da Arte Contemporânea, Bienal de Foz Côa, Moncorvo
2002
  • DeParamnésia (parte 3), Tercenas do Marquês / Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
  • DeParamnésia (parte 2), Tercenas do Marquês / Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
  • DeParamnésia (parte 1), Tercenas do Marquês / Galeria ZDB, Lisbon
2001
  • InMemory Galeria ZDB, Lisbon

Bibliography

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
  • João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, Dardo Magazine, n. 11 jun – sept 2009, Spain & Portugal
2008
2007
2006
  • Eflúvio Magnético vol2, Published by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva and others
  • Momentos de Luz, Published by Fundação EDP e Fundación Hidrocantábrico, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: João Pinharanda
  • NADA nº7, Published by NADA, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
  • Fotografia na Arte, de ferramenta a paradigma, Published by Público e Fundação Serralves, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: Ricardo Nicolau and Sandra Vieira Jurgens
  • Ellipse Foundation, Contemporary Art Collection, Published by Ellipse Foundation, 2006, Cascais, Portugal. Texts by: different authors
  • Anamnese, Published by Fundação Ilidío Pinho, 2006, Porto, Portugal. Texts by: different authors
2005
  • Eflúvio Magnético vol1, Published by João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, 2005, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva and others.
2004
  • Extensão do Olhar – Uma antologia visual da fotografia contemporânea, obras da colecção da fundação PLMJ, Published by Assírio e Alvim, 2004, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: Miguel Amado
2000
  • Fiasco: João Maria Gusmão, Published by Galeria Ara, Lisbon, Portugal. Texts by: Lúcia Marques

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