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Tunga

Brazilian, 1952–2016

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Tunga

Brazilian, 1952–2016

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Tunga (born Jose de Barros Carvalho e Mello) worked in sculpture, installation, photography, poetry, and video. His site-specific installations transform galleries into dreamlike environments with an array of materials, including plastic, thread, and repurposed objects. Though materially intensive, Tunga’s practice was highly conceptual—his works are intentionally enigmatic, meant to resist certainty and confound viewers. For À la Lumière des Deux Mondes (At the Light of Both Worlds) (2007), he hung from a gallery ceiling a massive assemblage of bones, iron, bundles of skulls, metal wire, and bronze replicas of classical sculpture sheathed in mesh, a commentary on the delicate balance between life and death.

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Tunga (born Jose de Barros Carvalho e Mello) worked in sculpture, installation, photography, poetry, and video. His site-specific installations transform galleries into dreamlike environments with an array of materials, including plastic, thread, and repurposed objects. Though materially intensive, Tunga’s practice was highly conceptual—his works are intentionally enigmatic, meant to resist certainty and confound viewers. For À la Lumière des Deux Mondes (At the Light of Both Worlds) (2007), he hung from a gallery ceiling a massive assemblage of bones, iron, bundles of skulls, metal wire, and bronze replicas of classical sculpture sheathed in mesh, a commentary on the delicate balance between life and death.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Tunga
Articles Featuring Tunga
The Most Influential Latin American Artists of the 20th Century
Nov 18th, 2019
The Most Influential Latin American Artists of the 20th Century
The Artists We Lost in 2016
Dec 21st, 2016
The Artists We Lost in 2016
Tunga, Beloved Brazilian Artist, Dead at 64
Jun 7th, 2016
Tunga, Beloved Brazilian Artist, Dead at 64
In Conversation with Matthew Wood of São Paulo’s Ultra-Chic Mendes Wood DM Gallery
Mar 28th, 2014
In Conversation with Matthew Wood of São Paulo’s Ultra-Chic Mendes Wood DM Gallery
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