With his first exhibition in New York, the artist brings an immersive soundscape from November 4th of this year until January 7th, 2024. Portuguese artist Alexandre Estrela will present the exhibition “Flat Bells”, at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MoMA), in New York, between November this year and January 2024, announced the institution.
“With his first exhibition in New York, Portuguese artist Alexandre Estrela brings sparkling video animations and an immersive soundscape to the Kravis studio. Informed by her background in painting, Estrela's moving image projects often explore the interconnection between materials and perception, updating the exploration between idea and object for the digital age of conceptual art. MoMA.
The museum, one of the most renowned institutions in the world of modern art, added that “Flat Bells” (“Flat Bells”, in free translation) uses elements of “geometric abstraction, graphic design and experimental music” to “orchestrate a rhythm sonic and visual across multiple screens that examines how visual culture is experienced and marked by technological obsolescence”. Alexandre Estrela “draws attention to the systems that govern the life of the mind”, adds the museum's text. The exhibition will open on November 4th of this year and will be open until January 7th, 2024.
Alexandre Estrela was born in Lisbon, in 1971, the city where he graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the local university, and also received a master's degree in Visual Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, according to the biography available on the National Museum's website. of Contemporary Art in Chiado. “Since the 1990s, he has been working on the formal and conceptual issues of video, developing explorations around the mechanical and digital phenomena of sound and image perception, in an enriching ambivalence between art and science”, adds the same biography, which stresses that Estrela has exhibited at national and international level since the beginning of the century.
The exhibition “Meio Concreto”, which he presented at the Serralves Museum, in Porto, in 2013, was distinguished with an award from the International Association of Art Critics.
“Using mainly the projected image and sound, but also supports and structures of a sculptural nature, the pieces presented in this exhibition placed the visitor at the center of an experience that combined, in an irreproachable way, a critical look at museographic devices and a sophisticated reflection on the status of the image, on the perceptive phenomenon and on its possible somatizations”, stated the jury at the time.