At the beginning of this exhibition, there is the installation Pietà (2022) by Francisco Tropa, for which the artist collaborated with the painter João Queiroz. The artistic and intellectual dialogue between the two Portugueses artists is the heart of this show, from the evocative landscape paintings by Queiroz to the spiritual sculptures by Tropa, that transform the gallery space into a living, dreamlike environment to discover.
"A lot could be said here about caves, and shadows, and their relationship with art. A lot could be said about Virgins, and their settings on rocks, or on pillars. Rather than overwhelming with words this nicely-judged relationship, I want only to hint at Tropa’s success in conjuring up, in one self-contained sculpture, Christian and pre-Christian devotion, the icon and its devotee, as well as the high classic art of recent decades, along with us, its followers."
Virgin of the Rocks by Penelope Curtis, 2020, excerpt