Julião Sarmento

One of the most important artists of his generation, Sarmento has exhibited extensively since the 1970s. Julião Sarmento draws upon themes of memory, sexuality, transgression, morality, and duality. He works across different mediums (painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, performance, and film) to deploy a concise vocabulary of images.

Julião Sarmento (b.1948 in Lisbon) lives  and works in Estoril, Portugal. He studied Painting and Architecture at Escola Superior de Belas Artes in Lisbon where he received his MA in 1974. The richness and complexity of Sarmento’s work lies in its system of free-floating signifiers which migrate between works and across the boundaries of medium. The use or recurring motifs such as hand gestures, parts of bodies and architectural floor plans generate a free-play of unsettling associations that refuse to settle into meaning. Significant solo exhibitions include: The Real Thing / La Chose, Même, curated by Ami Barak, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris (2016), Doppelgänger, Laboratório Curadoria #2, Colégio das Artes da Universidade de Coimbra (2015), Guest or Host?, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2015), Easy Pairings Fractals Stars, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels (2015), Julião Sarmento, MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (curated by Gilbert Perlein), Nice (2014); Lo Sguardo Selettivo, GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna (curated by Danilo Eccher and Riccardo Passoni), Torino (2014); Guest or Host?Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña (2014); MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânes, Elvas (2013); 75 photographs, 35 women, 42 years, Pilar Corrias, London (2013); MACG, Museo de Arte Carrilo Gil, Mexico (2013); White Nights, A Retrospective, Museu Serralves, Porto (2012); CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2012); Julião Sarmento 2000-2011, Es Baluard: Museu d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma (2011). Group exhibitions include: PER/FORM. HOW TO DO THINGS WITH[OUT] WORDS, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) (curated by Chantal Pontbriand), Madrid (2014); Super 8, Yerba Buena centre for the Arts, San Francisco (2012); No Place Like – 4 Houses 4 Films, La Biennale di Venezia 12. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Portuguese Pavillion (2010); Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2009, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Anos 70 Atravessar Fronteiras, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa (2009).

Born 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal
Lives and works in Estoril

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Projects, curated by Filipa Oliveira / Nuno Faria, Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães, Guimarães – PT
No fio da respiração, curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez, Galeria Municipal, Matosinhos – PT
Alientos from the Teixeira de Freitas Collection, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Collectorspace, Istanbul – TUR
As Good As It Gets, curated by João Silvério, MSU Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, Zagreb – HR
As Good As It Gets, curated by João Silvério, Galerije Umjetnina, Galerija Kula and Palazzo Milesi, Split – HR
The Real Thing / La Chose, Même, curated by Ami Barak, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris – FR

2015
Shadow pieces on Body frames, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra – PT
Doppelgänger, Laboratório Curadoria #2, Colégio das Artes da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra – PT
Guest or Host?, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – ES
Easy, Fractals & Star Map
, Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR
Easy Pairings Fractals Stars, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels – BE
Objects on the New Landscape Demanding of the Eye (part 2), Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California – US

2014
Julião Sarmento, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, São Miguel, Azores – PT
Julião Sarmento
, MAMAC Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (curated by Gilbert Perlein), Nice – FR
Lo Sguardo Selettivo, GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna (curated by Danilo Eccher and Riccardo Passoni), Torino – IT
Guest or Host?, Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña – ES
DAD, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid – ES
Terra Incognita, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US

2013
Parousia, Cooperativa ÁRVORE, Porto – PT
Index, MACE Museu de Arte Contemporânes (curated by João Silvério), Elvas – PT
Fado (with Carminho), The Ermida Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Lisbon – PT
Julião Sarmento: Una forma extrema de privacidad, curated by Carlos Palacios, MACG, Museo de Arte Carrilo Gil, Mexico – MX
Julião Sarmento, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon – PT
75 photographs, 35 women, 42 years, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
Julião Sarmento, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Ponta Delgada, Azores – PT
Julião Sarmento, Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra, Coimbra – PT

2012
White Nights, A Retrospective, Museu Serralves (curated by João Fernandes and James Lingwood), Porto – PT
Quelques Jeux Interdits, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris – FR
Artists and Writers / House and Home (Part 2), CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio – US
Lire ses années 70, Galerie de France, Paris – FR
Women, Houses, Plants, Galeria João Esteves de Oliveira, Lisboa – PT

2011
Julião Sarmento, CAC Contemporary Arts Centre/Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, curated by Raphaela Platow, Ohio – US
Remarks on Colour, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – GB
Julião Sarmento 2000-2011, Es Baluard: Museu d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma – ES
Distancias Cortes, La Casa Encendida, Madrid – ES

2010
Julião Sarmento 2000-2011, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga – ES
The Real Thing, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome – IT
Tate Modern, Monograph Room – Solo Display of Works in the Tate Collection, London – GB

2009
Estação Pinacoteca – Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo – BR
Books & Films , Galerie Bernd Klüser , Munich – DE
House of Games, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Silhouettes Noires 2002-2003, New Galerie de France, Paris – FR
Julião Sarmento – Works on paper: Women and Houses and Plants… Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica – US

2008
Notes Towards a Definition of Pleasure, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid – ES
Literal, Centro José Guerrero, Granada – ES
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT
L.A. Prints, Appleton Square, Lisboa – PT
Voyeur, Voyeur Project View, Lisboa – PT

2007
Film Noir (part 2), Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto – PT
Picture Show, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR

2006
Julião Sarmento : Withholding Works, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander – ES
Film Noir, Christopher Grimes Gallery, California – US
The Players, Galeria John Prats, Bercelona – ES
Ediciones Numeradas 1972-2006, MEIAC Museo Extremeno e  Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo – ES
The Players, Lisson Gallery, London – UK

2005
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle – BE
Queluz, Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Queluz – PT
Some Limits of Reason, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US

2004
Drift A Project by John Baldessari, Julião Sarmento and Lawrence Weiner, Miami Design District, Florida – US
Ghosts, CAV – Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra – PT
Drift, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa – PT
Echo, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven – NL

2003
Parasite, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München – DE
Jiri Svestka Gallery, Praha – CZ
Galería Pepe Cobo, Sevilla – ES
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT

2002
Trabalhos dos Anos 70, Museo do Chiado, Lisboa – PT
Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga – PT
Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR
Domestic Isolation, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Doppelgänger, Lisson Gallery, London – UK

2001
What Makes A Writer Great, Porta 33, Madeira – PT
Me, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Fortaleza de S. Tiago, Madeira – PT
Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, California – US
Obra Recent, Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona – ES

2000
Slow Motion, ESTGAD, Caldas da Rainha – PT
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya – JP
Flashback, Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Lisboa – PT

1999
A Film Installation, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Flashback, Palacio de Velazquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid – ES
The Wrong Person, Dan Bernier Gallery Los Angeles, California – US
Segredos e Mentiras, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro – BR
Maverick, Xavier Hufkens, Brussel – BE
Segredos e Mentiras, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo – BR
Fundamental Accuracy, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C – US

1998
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Veneno, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
Carpe Diem / Racial Makeup, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto – PT
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna – IT

1997
Suffering, Despair and Ascent, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Werke 1981-1996, Haus der Kunst, Munich – DE
Urban Corpo CCA Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Kitakyushu – JP
XLVII Biennale di Venezia, Portuguese Pavillion, Palazzo Vendramin ai Carmini, Venice – IT

1996
Museu Nogueira da Silva, Galeria da Universidade do Minho, Braga – PT
The House with the Upstairs in it, London Projects, London – GB
Two Rooms, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven – NL
Selfish, Proud, Cunning, and Regardless of Others, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US

1995
Only a moment or two of brutal madness, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels – BE
Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Sintra – PT
Quatre Mouvements de la Peur, Edificio das Caldeiras, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra – PT
Laura and Alice, Galerie Bela Jarzic, Koin – DE
Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto – PT

1994
Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California – US
Laura and Alice, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
IVAM Centre del Carme, València – ES
The White Paintings, Centre des Arts Saidye Bronfman, Montréal, Québec – CA

1993
Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa – PT

1992
Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo – BR
Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich, Bern – CH
Fundação de Serralves, Porto – PT
Xavier Hufkens, Brussels – BE

1991
Pinturas Brancas, Galeria Cómicos/Luís Serpa, Lisboa – PT
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam – NL
Louver Gallery, New York – US
Galerie Montenay, Paris – FR
Fundación Luis Cernuda, Sevilla – ES

1990
Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Dias de Escuro e de Luz, Porto – PT
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Milano – IT

1989
Galería Marga Paz, Madrid – ES
Xavier Hufkens, Brussel – BE
Galeria Cómicos, Lisboa – PT

1988
Gnadenstoss, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino – IT
Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich, Bern – CH

1987
Galería Marga Paz, Madrid – ES

1986
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
Museo de Bellas Artes de Malaga, Spain – ES
Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund – SE
Galleria Marilena Bonomo, Bari – IT
Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Frankfurt – DE

1985
Galeria Cómicos, Lisboa – PT
Perspective 85, Art 16’85 Basel – CH

1984
Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich, Bern – CH
Pinturas, Galeria Cómicos, Lisboa – PT
Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid – ES

1982
Pinturas 1981/82,Casa de Bocage, Setúbal – PT
Drawings, Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich, Bern – CH
Pinturas em Papel, ARTA, Lisboa – PT

1980
1947, Studio GSU, Galerije Grada Zagreb – YU
Testa, Galeria Modulo, Porto – PT
Rosebud, Galeria Diferença, Lisboa – PT

1979
Gnait, Galeria CAPC, Coimbra – PT
Reading Pieces, Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich, Bern – CH

1978
Jaula Cagee e Trabalhos Recentes, Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, Porto – PT

1977
Don Juan, Galeria Modulo, Porto – PT

1976
S.N.B.A. Galeria de Arte Moderna, Lisboa – PT

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
The Raft – Art is (not) Lonely, MuZEE (curated by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos), Oostende – BE
Black Box – Museu Imaginário, Museu do Caramulo (curated by João Louro), Caramulo, Portugal – PT
Them or Us – Um projecto de ficção científica social e política, Galeria Municipal Almeida Garrett (curated by Paulo Mendes), Porto – PT
O Fotógrafo Acidental: serialismo e experimentação em Portugal 1968-1980 / The Accidental Photographer: serial imagery and experimentation in Portugal 1968-1980, Culturgest (curated by Delfim Sardo), Lisboa – PT
Serralves Collection, Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional (curated by João Ribas and Ricardo Nicolau), Lisboa – PT
Conversation Piece, Opere della Collezione “la Caixa” d’Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (curated by Nimfa Bisbe), Roma – IT
Desert X – Desert Biennial, Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, California – US

2016
Da Fuga e do Encontro: Inversões do Olhar, curated by Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues, Espaço Novo Banco, Lisboa – PT
Estudos de luz Indícios, reflexos e sombras na Coleção de Serralves, Centro da Cultura Contemporânea de Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco – PT
Dépenses: La Traversée des Inquiétudes
, curated by Léa Bismuth, Labanque, Béthune – FR
Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, curated by Cornelia Lauf, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleavland – US
Recent Portuguese art in the Serralves Collection, Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Ricardo Nicolau, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto – PT
Shots of Architecture, Spazio Ridotto, curated by Gregory Lang, Venezia – IT
Portugal Portugueses – Arte Contemporânea, Museu Afro Basil, São Paolo – BR
Travessa da Ermida a Sul, curated by Catarina da Ponte, Centro de Artes, Sines – PT
Portugal em Flagrante, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa – PT
Segunda Natureza Perspetivas sobre a Coleção de Arte Fundação EDP, curated by Luísa Especial and Pedro Gadanho, MAAT (Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia), Lisboa – PT
Just Black and White, Galerie Klüser & Galerie Klüser 2, München – DE
Vanguardas e Neo-Vanguardas na Arte Portuguesa séculos XX e XXI, MNAC Museu do Chiado, Lisboa – PT
Exposição de Arte Moderna e Contemporânea Coleção Antonio Piné, Palácio Nacional de Mafra – PT
Julião Sarmento / Júlio Pomar, curated by Sara Antónia Matos, Atelier Museu Júlio Pomar, Lisboa – PT
Retrospectiva Travessa da Ermida, Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Sines – PT
Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana, curated by Lynn Boland, Georgia Art Museum, Athens – US
A forma do pensamento, curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez, Cristina Guerrra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT Exposição *28 Linhas de Diálogo, Espaço Novo Banco, Lisboa – PT
Exposição *28 Linhas de Diálogo, Espaço Novo Banco, Lisboa – PT
P. – uma homenagem a Paulo Cunha e Silva, por extensor, curated by Miguel von Hafe Pérez, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto – PT
Big Easy, Curated by Pedro Faro and Sara Antónia Matos, Atelier Museu Júlio Pomar, Lisboa
Mixtape, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – UK

2015
By the Book, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Variations Le Corbusier, Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Château de Carros, Carros – FR

2014
Animalia e Natureza na Coleção do CAM, CAM Centro de Arte Moderna – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa – PT
Gravuras / Cópias, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT
Collectif Generation – Artist Books
, Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra (curated by Gervais Jassaud), Nice – FR
PER/FORM. HOW TO DO THINGS WITH[OUT] WORDS, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) (curated by Chantal Pontbriand), Madrid – ES

2013
IM&EX PLICIT curated by Luc Derycke, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Gent – BE
Planos de Expansão, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR

2012
Galicia, Mon Amour. Folly, Fantasy and Phantasm, curated by Danna Heller, BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nowy Sacz – PL
Super 8, Yerba Buena centre for the Arts, San Francisco – US
1960-2010 Arte Portuguesa no Seculo XX curated by Maria Emilia Tavares, MNAC Museo do Chiado, Lisbon – PT
Supertemporal. A Selection of videos from LOOP/Screen from Barcelona curated by Paul Young and Estelle af Malmborg, Kulturhuset, Stockholm – SE
O Castelo em 3 Actos: Assalto, Destruição e Reconstrução, Paço dos Duques, Guimarães – PT
Juegos de Lenguage curated by Jose Jimenez, Fundacion Helga de Alvear, Caceres – ES
6th Bienal Internacional de Gravura do Douro, Museu do Côa – PT

2010
II Trienal de Luanda, Edifício Platinum, Lunda – AO
No Place Like – 4 Houses 4 Films, La Biennale di Venezia 12. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, Portuguese Pavillion, Università Ca’Foscari, Venice – IT
Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2009, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California – US
Sous la Dictée de l’Image Um novo percurso pela Colecção Berardo, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon – PT
Objet Perdu, Plataforma Revólver, Lisboa – PT

2009
Perhaps The Heart:  Francis Alÿs, Julião Sarmento, Lawrence Weiner, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv – IL
Gli Anni 80: Il Trionfo della Pittura da Schifano a Basquiat, Serrone della Villa Reale e Avengario, Monza – IT
Anos 70 Atravessar Fronteiras, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisboa – PT
Mamõyguara Opá Mamõ Pupé – 31º Panorama da Arte Brasileira, MAM Museu de Arte Moderna São Paulo – BR
Absence is the Highest Form of Presence, MDD Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle – BL
Mise à l’échelle Regard sur la collection du MAC’s, MAC’s Grand-Hornu, Hornu – BL
Pas Necessaire et Pourtant Indispensable 1979-2009: 30 ans d’art contemporain à Meymac, Centre d’art Contemporain, Meymac – FR
ART ALGARVE 2009  Blink, Gravuras do CAM, Fundacao Calouste Gullbenkian, Casa das Cultures Arabes e Mediterranicas, Silves – PT
ART ALGARVE 2009 – Entre o Céu e o Mar, Centro Cultural de Lagos, Lagos – PT
ART ALGARVE 2009 – Forças, Museu de Portimão e Galeria do Teatro Tempo, Portimão – PT
Serralves 2009 A Colecção, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
Antes de ayer y pasado mañana; o lo que puede ser Pintura hoy, MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Union Fenosa, LA Coruña – ES
Miradas: Desde el informalismo a lo multicolour coleccion Caixa Gallcia, Fundacion Caixa Gallcia – ES
Drawings: A-Z, Museu da Cidade, Lisboa – PT
Mixografia: Innovation and Collaboration, Portland Art Museum, Oregon – US

2008
BESart – Coleccao Banco Espirito Santo O Presente: Uma Dimensão Infinita, Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lisboa – PT
Turn Me On, Hospital Julio de Matos, Pavilhao 28, Lisboa – PT
Ombres, New Galerie de France, Paris – FR
Listen Darling…The World Is Yours, Ellipse Foundation Art Centre, Alcoitao – PT
No Food For Visitors, L’Appartement  22, Rabat – MA
“La Caixa” Ultimos Suenos, Coleccion de Arte Contemporaneo Fundacion, Casa de la Provincia, Sevilla – ES
Reflections on Light, 30 Jahre Galerie Bernd Kluser, Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich – DE
Nao te posso ver nem pintado, Um novo per novo percurso pela Colecção Berardo, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisboa – PT
Young At Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais – PT
Linha do Horizonte, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Porto – PT
Nothing but sculpture, XIII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara Nient’altro che scultura. Centro Arti Plastichi Internazionali e Contemporanee, Carrara – IT
Cancelled, Erased & Removed, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Mental Drawings, Alessandrea Bonomo, Roma – IT
Paixóns Privadas, Visións Públicas Coleccións D.O. Galicia, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo – ES
Linha do Horizonte, Caixa Cultural, Rio de Janeiro – BR
20/20, Jensen Gallery, Auckland – NZ
Ponto de Vista Obras da Colecção da Fundação PMLJ, Museu da Cidade Pavilhão Branco, Lisboa – PT
People, Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milano – IT
Múltiplas Direcções , CHIADO Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa – PT

2007
Untitled, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano – IT
Existencias Colección MUSAC, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León – ES
Brasil desFocos [o olho de fora] Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro – BR
Livre Circulação / Toll Free: Serralves no Algarve, Centro Cultural de Lagos – PT
Je est il, Je sont ils? Abbaye Saint-André Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac – FR
Multiple Interpretations: Contemporary Prints in Portfolio, The New York Public Library, New York – US
50 Anos de Arte Portuguesa Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa – PT
Ocultos Dos autores de la colección Helga de Alvear Palacio de Mayoralgo, Cáceres – ES
Secuencias 76/06 Arte contemporáneo en las colecciones públicas de Extremadura, MEIAC Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz – ES
Pure, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
“La Caixa”: Escucha con Tus Ojos, Colección de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación, CaixaForum Barcelona – ES
Fast Forward: Contemporary Collections for the Dalllas Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas – US
The Invisible Show, Centro José Guerrero, Granada – ES

2006
The 1980’s: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
The Invisible Show, Museu de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo – ES
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino – IT
Helga de Alvear Conceitos para uma colecção, CCB Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa – PT
Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão – PT
Sin Límites Colección de la Fundação Serralves, Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona – ES
Kunst und Photographie / Photographie und Kunst, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
De Dentro – V Glup 6 Contemporary Portuguese Artists, NCCA National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow – RU
Portugal Novo – Artistas de Hoje e Amanhã, Instituto Camões – Centro Cultural Português, Angola – PT
To Allen Ginsberg, Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv – IL
Homage to Chillida, Guggenheim Bilbao – ES
XX – Visões do feminino na Colecção dos Encontros de Fotografia, CAV Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra – PT
Territorio Oeste Aspectos singulares del arte portugués contemporáneo, MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña – ES
Anagramme, MAC’s Grand-Hornu, Hornu – BE
Hollywood Boulevard, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR

2005
Drawing, Christopher Grimes Gallery, California – US
Drawings, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich – DE
Del zero al 2005 perspectivas del arte en Portugal, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander – ES
Portugal Novo artistas de hoje e amanhã, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo – BR
O Contrato Social, Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Lisboa – PT
Romance [A Novel], Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT
Soul Inspired Art, PMMK Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Brugge – BE
Terminal – Toxic o discurso do excesso, Hangar K7, Fundição de Oeiras, Oeiras – PT
Colecção Berardo Construir / Desconstruir / Habitar, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa – PT
Drawings: A-Z Colecção Madeira Corporate Services, Porta 33, Madeira – PT
Feminae, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid – ES

2004
L’Escalade du Désir, Galerie Friedrich, Basel – CH
VideoZone2, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv – IL
Bilder der Stille Die Tradition Japans und die westliche Moderne, Langen Foundation, Neuss – DE
Invenção de Mundos Colecção Marcantonio Vilaça, Museu Vale do Rio Doce – BR
Meio Século de Arte Portuguesa 1944-2004, Museu do Chiado, Lisboa – PT
Joyce in Art: Visual Art Inspired by James Joyce, Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin – IR

2003
Figuração e Desfiguração – Inventário de gestos, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
1960-1980 Anos de normalização artística nas colecções do Museu do Chiado, Museu de Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior Castelo Branco – PT
Corpus Visões do corpo na Colecção Berardo, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa – PT
Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz – ES
No Limits, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra – ES
Reel Sculpture: Film into Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California – US
About We, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven – NL
Upon Reflection, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US

2002
Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna – PT
Zoom – 1986-2002, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
Diferença e Conflito O Século XX nas Colecções do Museu do Chiado, Museu do Chiado, Lisboa – PT
Desire, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna – IT
// Paralela, Av. Francisco Matarazzo, São Paulo – BR
XXV Bienal de São Paulo – Iconografias Metropolitanas, Parque Ibirapuera, São Paulo – BR
Non-Linear Editing, De Paviljoens, Almere – NL
Void Archive, CCA Kitakyushu: Project Room, Kitakyushu – JP
Something is Missing, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
Rotativa Fase 2, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo – BR
Conversation? Recent acquisitions of the Van Abbemuseum, Athens School of Fine Arts – GR

2001
Atlantes, Galería Pepe Cobo, Sevilla – ES
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa – PT
Wir sind die Ander (en), Herford – DE
Domestic Acts, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Desire, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal – AT
Plateau of Humankind, 49º Biennale di Venezia, Venezia – IT
Espelho Cego Seleções de uma Coleção Contemporânea, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro – BR
Re-Location: On Moving, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US

2000
The Pillow of the Melancholy, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent – BE
Colecção Banco Privado para Serralves, Museu de Serralves Porto – PT
The Mnemosyne Project, Encontros de Fotografia de Coimbra – PT
Die Intelligenz der Hand Europäische Zeichnungen von Picasso bis Beuys, Rupertinum, Salzburg – AT
0 0 Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York – US
Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga – PT
Uma galeria é uma galeria é uma galleria, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto – PT
Spanning An Entire Ocean, Culturgest, Lisboa – PT
On Language, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Millenium Lofts, Lisson Gallery, London – UK

1999
Das Gedächtnis öffnet seine Tore – Die Kunst der Gegenwart im Lenbachhaus, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich – DE
The Painted Canvas, John Berggruen Gallery, California – US
Circa 1968, Museu Serralves, Porto – PT
Tage der Dunkelheit und des Lichts – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Portugal, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn – DE
De Verzameling (deel 1), Stedelijk VanAbbemuseum, Eindhoven – NL
Linhas de Sombra, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian / Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo, Lisboa – PT
Damenwhal – Rita McBride & To Be Announced, Kunstverein München, Munich – DE

1998
Corpos em Trânsito, Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto – PT
Alternativa Zero Tendenze polemiche dell’arte portoghese nelle democrazia, Galleria Bianca, Cantieri Culturali, Palermo IT
Camargo Vilaça BIS 46, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo – BR
Corpus Virtu, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York – US
Figuration / Abstraction, John Berggruen Gallery, California – US
A Conversation Piece: John Murphy – Julião Sarmento, The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford UK
Anos 80, Culturgest, Lisboa PT
En Qué Estás Pensando? Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona ES

1997
Anatomias Contemporâneas, Fundição de Oeiras, Oeiras PT
Colección de Arte Contemporáneo, Fundació La Caixa Barcelona ES
Perspectiva: Alternativa Zero, Fundação de Serralves, Porto PT
Absence/ Presence, Kópavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur IS
Magnetic – Drawings in Dialogue, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York US
A Arte, o Artista e o Outro, Fundação Cupertino de Miranda, Vila Nova de Famalicão PT
Burgenländische Landesgalerie, Eisenstadt AT
Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck AT
Von Kopf bis Fuss – Fragmente des Körpers, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal AT
En La Piel de Toro, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Palacio de Velázquez, Madrid ES
Form und Funktion der Zeichnung Heute, Art Frankfurt 1997, Frankfurt DE

1996
Nebeneinander, Galeria Porta 33, Madeira PT
3ªs Jornadas de Arte Contemporânea Porto ’96, Casa das Artes, Porto PT

1995
Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, Porto PT
Desenhos do Corpo, Museu de José Malhoa, Caldas da Rainha PT
Call it Sleep, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam – NL
Extremo Occidente, Rekalde, Bilbao ES
The Collection Reviewed, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C US

1994
Terrae Motus Terrae Motus, Palazzo Reale di Caserta, Caserta Italy
Itínere – Camiño e Camiñantes, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela ES
From Beyond the Pale – Julião Sarmento and Cindy Sherman, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin IR
The Day After Tomorrow, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa PT
Unbound: Possibilities in Painting, Hayward Gallery, London UK
Four Europeans: Helmut Dorner, Lili Dujourie, Harald Klingelhöller, Julião Sarmento, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico US

1993
Juan Muñoz / Julião Sarmento, Metalúrgica Alentejana, Beja PT
BIO ’93 – Cerco, Solar do Largo de Santa Maria, Óbidos PT
Contemporary Art from Portugal: Western Lines, Hara Museum ARC, Shibukawa JP
Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen DE
Technische Sammlungen der Stadt Dresden, Dresden DE
Klima Global – Arte Amazonas, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin DE
The Brushstroke: Painting in the 90’s, Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California US

1992
The Frozen Leopard, Galerie Bernd Klüser, München DE
10 Contemporâneos, Fundação de Serralves, Porto PT
Portugisisk Nutidskunst – Rego, Sanches, Sarmento, Vejle Kunstmuseum, Vejle DK
Arte Amazonas, Bienal de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna, Museu de Arte BR
Regard Multiple, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris FR

1991
Tríptico, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Gent BE
Metropolis, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin DE

1990
Vom Haben und Vom Wollen: Perspektiven für eine Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst Eine Austellung, Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Haus der kunst, München DE
Última Frontera:  7 Artistes Portuguesos, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona ES

1989
Crise de l’Objet, Galeria Cómicos, Lisboa – PT

1988
Farbe Bekennen, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel CH
Um Olhar Sobre a Arte Contemporânea Portuguesa, Casa de Serralves, Porto PT

1987
Quatriémes Ateliers Internationaux des Pays de La Loire, Palais des Congres de la Ville du Mans; Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud FR
Documenta 8, Kassel DE
Terrae Motus Grand Palais, Paris FR

1986
Prospect 86, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt DE

1985
11 European Painters Europalia, National Gallery, Athens GR
Dichgans, Dujourie, Dumas, Foxcroft, De Goede, Van Hemert, Iglesias, Klingelhöller, Luyten, Muñoz, Porter, Sarmento, Schmidt Heins B., Schmidt Heins G., Vermeiren, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven NL

1984
Terrae Motus, Villa Campolieto, Fondazione Amelio, Ercolano IT

1983
La Imagen del Animal, Caixa de Barcelona, Barcelona -ES; Casa del Monte, Madrid ES
Kunst mit Photographie (Die Sammlung Dr. Rolf H. Krauss) Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Schleswig-Holstein; Kunsthalle zu Kiel der Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel; Stadtmuseum, München; Nationalgalerie Berlin Kunstverein, Köln DE
Depois do Modernismo, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisboa PT

1982
Documenta 7, Kassel DE

1981
Gott Oder Geissel? Erotik in der Kunst Heute, Kultureel Sentrum, Tilburg – NL; Kunstverein, München; Kunstverein, Bonn DE

1980
La Biennale di Venezia (Il Tempo del Museo Venezia), Magazzini del Sale, Venezia IT
XIe Biennale de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris FR

1979
Europa 79, Stuttgart DE
Fotografie als Kunst – Kunst als Fotografie, Fundacio Juan Miró, Barcelona ES
Text – Foto – Geschichten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg – DE

1977
Alternativa Zero, Galeria Nacional de Arte Moderna, Lisboa PT

SELECTED PROJECTS

2016
Public Sculpture, Matosinhos – PT

AWARDS

2013
Prémio de Artes Casino da Póvoa

Julião Sarmento Performance and Talk at Desert X

Julião Sarmento Performance and Talk at Desert X

Cometa, a performance for two dancers and an audience of one, will be Julião Sarmento’s contribution to Desert X. The performance, which takes place in a hotel room, is designed to be witnessed by one person at a time. An … More

Julião Sarmento at GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin

Julião Sarmento at GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin

The GAM is dedicating a special exhibition Julião Sarmento: Lo Sguardo Selettivo [Julião Sarmento: A Selective Look] as the third chapter of their Analects series of exhibitions that aim to establish a dialogue between active international artists and selected works in the permanent … More

Julião Sarmento at Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña, Spain

Julião Sarmento at Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña, Spain

Julião Sarmento will present the solo exhibition Guest or Host? at the Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña, Spain. Curated by David Barro the director of the Fundación Luis Seoane, the exhibition will be the first major solo show of Sarmento’s work in Galicia. Gathering around … More

Julião Sarmento and Ulla von Brandenburg at CA2M, Madrid

Julião Sarmento and Ulla von Brandenburg at CA2M, Madrid

Julião Sarmento and Ulla von Brandenburg will be included in the forthcoming group exhibition, PER/FORM. HOW TO DO THINGS WITH[OUT] WORDS, curated by Chantal Pontbriand at Madrid’s Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M). Combining the concepts of performance and performativity, the exhibition … More

Julião Sarmento at Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid

Julião Sarmento at Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid

Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, to feature the inaugurating exhibition of Julião Sarmento, DAD, on the 25th of January 2014. Julião Sarmento DAD 25 January – 15 March 2014 Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt San Lorenzo, 11 28004 Madrid Spain Private view: Saturday, January … More

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Pilar Corrias at Artissima, Turin

Participating at Artissima Pilar Corrias will present new works by artists: CHARLES AVERY ULLA VON BRANDENBURG TALA MADANI SABINE MORITZ ELIZABETH NEEL KEN OKIISHI PHILIPPE PARRENO MARY RAMSDEN JULIÃO SARMENTO RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA ARTISSIMA Turin 8-10 November Booth: 1/2 Corridor Dark … More

Julião Sarmento at Cooperativa ÁRVORE, Porto

Julião Sarmento at Cooperativa ÁRVORE, Porto

At the beginning of the 1980s, Julião Sarmento’s work apparently underwent a sudden transformation. In a break with the conceptual approach that he had taken throughout the 1970s and which manifested itself in photographic, film or text works, this period … More

Julião Sarmento at MACE, Elvas

Juliao Sarmento Abstract

The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (MACE) in Portugal presents Index, a solo exhibition of work by Julião Sarmento and curated by João Silvério. The exhibition features important historical works from the artist’s oeuvre as well as new work, including … More

Julião Sarmento at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico

Julião Sarmento at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico

The exhibition Julião Sarmento: Una forma extrema de privacidad (Julião Sarmento: An Extreme Form of Privacy), curated by Carlos E. Palacios, is his first exhibition in Mexico. Opening to the public on 10 April 2013 the show gathers significant pieces … More

Julião Sarmento at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

Julião Sarmento at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

Julião Sarmento will participate in Filmville’s Third UK Portuguese Film Festival at the Whitechapel Gallery with his 2010 film Cromlech, alongside works by Filipa Cesar, João Onofre and João Salaviza. Filmville’s Third UK Portuguese Film Festival: No Place Like…4 houses, … More

Julião Sarmento at CAC Contemporary Art Center

 Julião Sarmento at CAC Contemporary Art Center

Pilar Corrias gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Julião Sarmento solo exhibition at CAC Contemporary Art Center in Ohio. The exhibition will explore literature and books as a theme. It addresses the artist’s unique relationship to certain books that have … More

Julião at La Casa Encendida

Julião at La Casa Encendida

Pilar Corrias is delighted to announce Distancias cortas/ Close distance by Julião Sarmento at La Case Encendida in Madrid. Curated by Adrian Searle, the exhibition consists of selected works specifically chosen for the space, including paintings, sculpture and video works, which … More

Julião in conversation at Tate Modern

Julião in conversation at Tate Modern

Julião Sarmento will be in conversation with writer and critic Adrian Searle at Tate Modern’s Starr Auditorium, discussing the themes of memory, morality, duality and sexuality, which are drawn upon in the artist’s work Tickets are available online at the … More

Julião Sarmento at CAC Mãlaga

Julião Sarmento at CAC Mãlaga

Pilar Corrias are pleased to announce Julião Sarmento solo exhibition at Julião Sarmento: 2000 -2010 at CAC Mãlaga. The exhibition demonstrates a comprehensive retrospective of Sarmento’s work from the last decade, comprising the artist’s various modes of approach to the related themes … More

Mixtape 2016

Mixtape 2016

Pilar Corrias presents Mixtape 2016, a compilation of film and video from nine gallery artists. The exhibition devotes two days to each artist, showcasing the unique aesthetics of their practices and collectively the diversity of the gallery programme. Mixtape 2016 stems from … More

Julião Sarmento: 75 photographs, 35 women, 42 years

Julião Sarmento: 75 photographs, 35 women, 42 years

Pilar Corrias is pleased to announce Julião Sarmento’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, Julião Sarmento: 75 Photographs, 35 Women, 42 Years. Julião Sarmento draws upon themes of memory, sexuality, transgression, morality, and duality. He works across different mediums (painting, collage, … More

Julião Sarmento ‘Remarks on Colour’

Julião Sarmento 'Remarks on Colour'

Pilar Corrias is pleased to announce ‘Remarks on Colour’: an exhibition of new works by Julião Sarmento, his first with the gallery. Born in Lisbon in 1948, Julião Sarmento studied Painting and Architecture at Escola Superior de Belas Artes in … More