Pedro Cabrita Reis complex œuvre is marked by a highly individualized philosophical and poetic discourse, and encompasses a variety of media: painting, sculpture, photography and site-specific installations composed of found and manufactured objects.
Cabrita Reis’ Ein kleiner roter Raum mit drei Fenstern at Invaliden1 Galerie revolves around the themes of housing, habitation, construction and territory.
He changes the gallery into an expansive installation that fill the entire exhibition spaces with both complex and restrained structures. He counters the classic white cube with his use of mere color, everyday objects such as glass window and prefabricated industrial materials such as florescent tube lights, steel girders or aluminum profiles.
Cabrita Reis’ use of architectural details and fragments, of building elements and materials, implies that he is particularly interested in a dialogue with architecture. His works do not however address architecture in the sense of planned urban space; his subject is the housed and the ‘Unbehaustheit’.
Using simple materials and interventions Cabrita Reis addresses the visitors of his installations on issues of space, architecture and memory, with a suggestive power of association that goes beyond the visual to a metaphorical level.
Pedro Cabrita Reis was born in Lisbon in 1956, where he lives and works. Having received wide international recognition, his work is crucial for the understanding of the new paradigm in sculpture that has come about since the middle of the 1980s. He has participated in many important international exhibitions. Among others, his work was shown at Documenta IX Kassel in 1992, at 22nd and 24th São Paulo Biennales, respectively in 1994 and 1998, at the Venice Biennale Aperto in 1997. In 2003 he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale.
Pedro Cabrita Reis in True Gardens #6 (Graz) | Foto: Kunsthaus Graz, Matthias Wimler
Since then his work has been featured in many museum exhibitions such as: “Sometimes one can see the clouds passing by”, Kunsthalle Bern, 2004, “Stillness”, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004, “True Gardens #3 (Dijon)”, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, 2005, “Pedro Cabrita Reis”, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, 2006, “La ciudad de adentro”, OPA, Guadalajara, 2007, “True Gardens #6”, Kunsthaus Graz, 2008, “Pedro Cabrita Reis”, Fondazione Merz, Torino, 2008, “La Línea del Volcán”, Museo Tamayo, Ciudad de México, 2009, “Xe Biennale de Lyon – The Spectacle of the Everyday”, Lyon, 2009, “One after another, a few silent steps”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 2009 and “One after another, a few silent steps”, Carré D’Art, Nîmes, 2010.
EIN KLEINER ROTER RAUM MIT DREI FENSTERN
Installation. Aliminum, glass, fluorescent lights, electric cables, wall painting
October 9th – November 20th 2010 | Tuesday – Saturday | 12 – 6 pm
Invaliden1 Galerie | Brunnenstraße 22 | 10119 Berlin/Mitte