The image of Mona Lisa made of peanut butter and jelly? Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor made from diamonds? Frankenstein from caviar? Whether you appreciate art for the creative medium of self-expression it is…or if you think it’s just plain silly…you’ll be intrigued by the Vik Muniz Retrospective in exhibition at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon, 21 September to 29 January 2012.

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Born in São Paulo in 1961, Muniz has made a name for himself in the art world with his characteristic style of creating images using non-art materials. His works have included creations made from thread, wire, cotton, chocolate syrup, caviar, used computer parts and ripped magazine pages. He then photographs them, preserving the image of the work for display.

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Elizabeth Taylor, 2004 (Diamonds) & Rolleiflex 2010 (junk)

This exhibition, ‘VIK’, is the largest retrospective of Muniz’s work, comprising over 100 pieces from the artists esteemed career. The Berardo Museum will mark the show’s European debut, after successful runs in New York, Miami, Mexico, Canada, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In addition to the works from early in his career, the Berardo is pleased to present two new works to the exhibition: “Floor Scrapers, after Gustave Caillebotte” (pictured at top); and “Wheat Field With Cypresses, after Van Gogh.” Both are made using small scraps of paper.

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Wheat Fields after Van Gogh, 2011 (scrap magazine pages)

As well, the Berardo I honored to accept a donation from the artist to the museum’s collection, “Rolleiflex.” This piece is a digital photograph of the original composition of a retro movie camera, made from…junk!

The originality of Muniz’s work earned him recognition from critics and established him as one of the most publicized artists of contemporary art. His works are now part of the main collections of the world’s great museums, including the Metropolitan in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Getty Institute in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo.

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WWW (World Map), 2008 (junk computer parts)

For more information on the artist, visit the Vik Muniz website. For more information on this exhibition, visit the Berardo Museum website.

Museu Colecção Berardo
Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisbon

Phone: +351 213 612 878
Email: museuberardo@museuberardo.pt

Exhibition Hours:
Sunday to Friday: 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00
In July & August, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00

Entrance is free

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