Francisco Tropa “Museu” at Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto
On October 6, Galeria Quadrado Azul opened Museu, a new exhibition by Francisco Tropa, curated by Simone Menegoi.
The show has its origins in a public art project conceived in 2001: a parallelepiped to be installed in a square. The object is traversed by a corridor uniting two doors, one in each extremity. The interior is divided by two glass windows, accessed through trapdoors, from diverse dimensions. The word “museu” (museum) is inscribed over both entries. The project has a component ideally activated by a series of figures, convened by itself.
Shortly after 2001, Francisco Tropa developed another project which was installed in the park of Universidade Politécnica de Valência, in Spain. The sculpture in stone, with the same volumetry of the piece designed for the first project, is constituted by a group of geometric solids in limestone, which form two transverse niches, touching each other. Two openings communicate, one more elevated than the other one.
The exhibition now presented is composed by models, drawings and sculptures produced between 2001 and 2012. With these elements, Simone Menegoi constructed a show where a certain idea of game makes possible multiple variations around a heterodox institutional critique.
Galeria Quadrado Azul opened, in the same day, another exhibition of the artist, entitled Flores, an edition constituted by new works on paper.
until 30 November, 2012
Above — Museu, installation view, 2012; Giant, 2006
Museu (installation view), 2012
Approaching creative people, 2011
Science et Vie, 2000
Courtesy of Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto