Being watercolours on absorbent paper, the artist has to paint everything without hesitation, without being able to correct any mistakes.
For the larger format canvases painted with acrylic paint, photography was used to create a dialogue between the sculptures and human beings.
The depurated space of the Sculpture Garden takes us back to Islamic or Moorish gardens or even to an ancient Lisbon but, more implicitly, to a medieval Hortus Conclusus, the earthly paradise of the Song of Songs.
The symbolism refers to Mary, virginal, without sin, in a walled garden, the representation of her body, forever without stain.
The artistic residence, without parallel in the history of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, led him to create pictorial works based on the sculptures that populate a unique space where, in the twilight, the shadows create ghostly and diffuse images.
Blue was the chosen hue for these lightfast and water resistant paintings, which may last for millennia and be contemplated by different gazes.
Making his own paints, using modern and also ancient pigments such as lapis lazuli, extracted from the mines of Badakhshan (visited by Marco Polo), in the mountains of Afghanistan, an endless number of hues are achieved in which the hundreds of shades of blue lead to the illusion of multicoloured paintings.
It is therefore a contained, restricted palette, linked to the alchemical symbolism of the use of lapis lazuli. The artist imposes on himself the use of Blue.
A high-quality lapis lazuli stone contains blue veins (lazurite), white veins (calcite) and yellow points (pyrite), which immediately carries us to the symbolism of the sky, clouds and stars.
The "celestial" substance, which was used to paint the Virgin Mary's mantle and which was believed to be a piece of heaven that had reached the earth, was of such high commercial and symbolic value that in Portugal, only Lourenço de Salzedo used it in one painting on the altarpiece of the Jerónimos Monastery.
600 years ago, Cennino Cennini wrote in his treatise on painting that lapis lazuli was the most important of the pigments "noble and beautiful colour, the most perfect of all colours, of which nothing can be said or done that its quality does not surpass" 1
In this cycle of contemporary works Nelson's reverence for the great classical masters and academic tradition is attested.
1 Cennini, Cennino,1 Libro dell’Arte, edição de F. Frezzato, Vicenza, NeriPozza Editore, 2003
Sculptures Gardenentry: General Conditions
Painting rarefied the spirit
Curatorship: Hilda Frias
After an artistic residency at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, what you see here is the fruit of persistent work and research by Nelson Ferreira. The artist decided to pay homage to the academic artists and their deep knowledge of the art of drawing and painting.Nelson painted watercolour studies using a challenging technique of alla prima - painted directly looking at the statues, without pencil, just with paints and a brush.
As motivações da Arte
As motivações da Arte. Entre operatividade e fruição
Portugal Faz Bem
Os Encontros Portugal Faz Bem estão de volta para celebrar a Produção Made in Portugal
ORANGE COUNTY BALLAD
Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
We return to the initial question: can images and words illuminate each other? Faced with the other design that the exhibition constitutes, may the question dance in the visitor's eyes
Só porque foi, e voou
Só porque foi, e voou - coloca em cena a investigação realizada pelos alunos do Curso de Mestrado em Estudos Curatoriais do Colégio das Artes da Universidade de Coimbra em residência curatorial no Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea.
Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
Rare Earth exhibition, by Tony Cragg, brings, for the first time, to Lisbon, a significant set of around 5 dozen works by the artist, including sculpture and drawing, from 1979 to 2023.
The five artists selected question these different concepts of identity through photo and video works
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.