Against the extravagance of desire

08 April 2022 00:00 - 04 September 2022 00:00

Carlos Bunga (Porto, 1976) focused the beginning of his career on painting, before expanding his interests towards three-dimensional experimentations, allowing him to explore the interrelationships between bodies and spaces. A significant part of his work challenges the concept of architecture as a language of power, calling into question deep-seated inertia such as order, solidity and eternity.

His installations — often impulsively off-scale maquettes — invoke the multiple possibilities of architecture at full strength. Floors, ceilings, walls and makeshift pillars introduce the temporality of constructive forms, while in the assembly of the installation its dismantling is already implicit. 

As ephemeral constructions, subject to the circumstantial nature of time and place, Carlos Bunga’s interventions also possess the capacity to deconstruct the spaces in which they are inserted, situationally, to then be resignified.

This project for the Palacio de Cristal is the continuation of the previous investigations with which Bunga introduces new layers of reading into a location that is already connoted in its own right. The cycles of nature that surround the Palacio, as well as the context in which the building was originally constructed, form some of the keys to his new installation, which interlocks the dialectic between the inside and outside of discourses.   

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Picture: Carlos Bunga, Autumn Red. Wind, Rain and Movement, Instalación en The Watermill Center, 2017, Cartón, cinta, pintura látex y pegamento, Photo: Ainhoa González

Against the extravagance of desire
Palacio de Cristal - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


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