MU – Pedro Costa and Rui Chafes

Dates : December 7 (Friday), 2012 – March 10 (Sunday), 2013

Cinema and sculpture – two different fields of activity engaged in by two Portuguese artists who will unveil works of light and shadow, movement and stillness within the unique space of the Hara Museum. -What kind of time and space will this confrontation between opposites give birth to?

Pedro Costa and Rui Chafes are two artistic geniuses from Portugal who have won international acclaim in two different areas of expression: cinema and sculpture. The film director Pedro Costa has created highly original work that straddles the line between documentary and fiction. Critics have lavished praise on his films which have garnered awards at the Locarno International Film Festival and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Costa continues to fascinate viewers with films in which serene visual beauty coexist with a destructive view of the world. Working mainly in iron, Rui Chafes creates sculptures that push the envelope of expressive possibilities. Chafes has represented Portugal at such international art festivals as the Venice Biennale and Sao Paulo Biennale. This exhibition, entitled MU in memory of the great Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu, features a total of ten works, consisting of four video installations and six sculptural works, including three new works by each artist that were created especially for the space within the Hara Museum. One of the highlights of the show is the combined display of video material from Costa’s representative works No Quarto da Vanda (In Vanda’s Room) and Juventude em Marcha (Colossal Youth) along with iron sculptures by Chafes, which are newly presented in the form of an installation. What awaits viewers is an experience of time and space that is different from a typical visit to a movie theater.

Featured artists

Pedro Costa and Rui Chafes

Organized by

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and Embassy of Portugal – Camões, I.P.

Supported by

EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

In collaboration with

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Cooperation provided by

Chinematrix, Athénée Français Cultural Center