The Galeria Municipal do 11 gallery, in Setúbal, presents for the first time A family of artists of the 20th century in Portugal: Mário Eloy (father), Mário Eloy (son), Sérgio Eloy – Painting and Photography, an unprecedented exhibition that showcases the works of three generations of artists from the same family, specifically paintings by Mário Eloy father (1900-1951) and Mário Eloy son (1929-1977) and photography works by Sérgio Eloy (1959-2004).
The exhibition, organized by the City Council of Setúbal and enthusiastically presented by the Setúbal Museum / Convent of Jesus, reveals unknown or lesser known works of the son and grandson of Mário Eloy father, one of the most significant Portuguese modernist painters.
The public is therefore given the opportunity to see the work of Mário Eloy son, thought to be mostly lost and of which 12 paintings are presented, spanning his entire artistic career, and of Sérgio Eloy, whose 33 photographs are presented covering his entire short career. From Mário Eloy father, a drawing is shown – Self-portrait, from 1927 – owned by the Setúbal Museum / Convent of Jesus, as well as three paintings, although only on a led screen due to the fragility of their conservation state.
A family of artists of the 20th century in Portugal was suggested by the artist José Matos Cardoso, co-curator of the exhibition and a relative of Mário Eloy son and Sérgio Eloy, who for a long time has been struggling to promote the work of the two lesser known Eloys. Acknowledging the importance of the disclosure of the works of these artists in the Portuguese cultural scene, Fernando António Baptista Pereira, art historian, professor and President of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, embraced this idea and became the curator of the project.
Work developed by TE for this project:
Presented in Portugal by: Galeria Municipal do 11, Setúbal
8 May 2021 to 17 July 2021