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Weight: 150 kg/330 lbs

About Tunga

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.

Brazilian, 1952-2016, Palmares, Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2015
IMAGINE BRAZIL, DHC/ART, Montreal
2014
Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013
The Art of Chess, NextLevel Galerie, Paris