Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi - Pedro A.H. Paixão

Temporary exhibition that took place between April 9 to June 4 2016.

 

Within the scope of Plano Tangente: a program of temporary exhibitions of the Money Museum that aimed at disseminating the emerging artistic productionz in various media. The program presented the work of Portuguese contemporary artists in dialogue with the museum architecture and the collections.

These effigies, represented on drawings of coins, are part of a vast drawing work, using the color red, that Pedro A.H. Paixão has been developing since 2007. Ghostly and grotesque, these are portraits of a past beyond history, figuration, or recognition. Portraits that reveal the coming and going of voices of this world, anonymous and glorious. Without name or kingdom, these figures subvert order and power when they are inscribed on coins and medals.

From Ahab’s folly, who, with the aid of a gold doubloon convinces his crew to commit themselves to the suicidal hunt of Moby Dick, to the recognition of the hobo nickel tradition (the art of transforming coins, developed by nomads in their leisure time, between jobs), the artist proposes a notion of money that considers its narrative and representational structure and invests in a parable – to receive, to transform, to give – that is, in itself, also the parable of the artistic practice.

In these drawings we do not “coin” sovereigns, divinities or talismans, we give light and voice to essential figures that emphasize the value of partaking or human sharing.

 

Exhibition credits

Coordination, production and exhibition design and lighting
Museu do Dinheiro / Banco de Portugal

Architecture, design, graphics and communication project
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio / Banco de Portugal

Structures and maintenance
Support Services Department / Banco de Portugal

Translation
José Roseira

Security
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio / Banco de Portugal

Information

Temporary exhibition that took place between April 9 to June 4 2016.
Within the scope of Plano Tangente: a program of temporary exhibitions of the Money Museum that aimed at disseminating the emerging artistic productionz in various media. The program presented the work of Portuguese contemporary artists in dialogue with the museum architecture and the collections.

During the course of the exhibition there was a guided visit by Paulo Pires do Vale.

More information to info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

 

Images: Banco de Portugal e Pedro A.H. Paixão

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