Ileana Sonnabend is considered one of the most influential art dealers of the last half of the Twentieth Century. She amassed a collection of contemporary art covering numerous movements, from pop art and minimalism, to arte povera and nouveau realism. The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art inaugurates a major exhibition devoted to this collection. The Sonnabend Collection: Half a Century of American and European Art, Part 1 runs from 6 February to 8 May 2016.



The exhibition includes 61 paintings, sculptures and installations, dating from 1956 to the present, by 43 artists. Many are presented for the first time in Portugal.

The exhibition is conceived in four sections. The first is devoted to American pop art and French nouveau réalisme with paintings and sculptures by:

Arman ■ John Chamberlain ■ Christo ■ Jim Dine ■ Jasper Johns ■ Roy Lichtenstein ■ Robert Morris ■ Claes Oldenburg ■ Robert Rauschenberg ■ James Rosenquist ■ George Segal ■ Mario Schifano ■ Andy Warhol ■ Tom Wesselmann.

The second area of focus features works associated with arte povera and anti-form, including artists:

Giovanni Anselmo ■ Pier Paolo Calzolari ■ Jannis Kounellis ■ Mario Merz ■ Robert Morris ■ Bruce Nauman ■ Guilio Paolini ■ Richard Serra ■ Keith Sonnier ■ Gilberto Zorio.

Minimalism is examined in the third section with artists:

John Baldessari ■ Larry Bell ■ Mel Bochner ■ Peter Halley ■ Donald Judd ■ Clay Ketter ■ Sol LeWitt ■ John McCracken ■ Michelangelo Pistoletto

A fourth area showcases New German Expressionism side-by-side with works from other artists, including:

Barry Le Va ■ Jörg Immendorff ■ Anselm Kiefer ■ A. R. Penck ■ Richard Artschwager ■ Carroll Dunham ■ Robert Feintuch ■ Fischli & Weiss ■ Michelangelo Pistoletto ■ Rona Pondick ■ Robert Watts ■ Terry Winters.

Roy Lichtenstein, "Wall Explosion II"

Roy Lichtenstein, “Wall Explosion II”

The Sonnabend Collection: Half a Century of American and European Art, Part 1 is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, in association with the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia (MUVE), Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, and the Sonnabend Collection Foundation, New York. The exhibition is curated by António Homem, Director of the Sonnabend Gallery, assisted by Serralves curator Isabel Sousa Braga.

For more information, please visit the Serralves Museum website.

Serralves Museum
Rua D. João de Castro, 210

Phone: +351 226 156 500

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Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays – 10:00 to 20:00

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