João Penalva

João Penalva was born in Lisbon in 1949 and has been living and working in London since 1976. He has been teaching at the Malmö Art Academy at the University of Lund since 2002. Penalva was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency in 2003.

He represented Portugal at the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1996) and the XLIX Biennale di Venezia (2001). Solo exhibitions include Camden Arts Centre, London, and Tramway, Glasgow (2000); Rooseum, Malmö (2002); The Power Plant, Toronto (2003); Serralves Museum, Porto; Ludwig Museum Budapest (2005); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006); Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2010); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2011), Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (2012); Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim (2014). Group exhibitions include the Berlin Biennale 2 (2001), the Biennale of Sydney (2002), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2003), Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg (2006); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007); Hayward Gallery, London (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2012); Tate Modern, London (2014); Museum Folkwang, Essen; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2015); Wellcome Collection, London (2017). Currently, Penalva is preparing an extensive exhibition for MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg, opening February 2018.


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Lunds Konsthall, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Whither the Winds
Group exhibition
May 20 – September 17, 2017

Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal
Solo exhibition
May 11 – September 9, 2017

LOGE | Berlin, Germany
Herr Peter
Solo exhibition
March 29 – May 5, 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space And Time
Group exhibition
March 4 – July 2, 2017

Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Electricity: The Spark of Life
Group exhibition
February 23 – June 25, 2017

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
People on Air
Solo exhibition
February 18 – April 15, 2017

Selected publications

Rita Lopes Ferreira (Ed.)
João Penalva: Works with Texts and Images
Published by: CAM Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
and Kunsthallen Brandts, 2011
ISBN: 978-972-635-244-0

Bruno Marchand
João Penalva
Published by: Chiado 8 Arte Contemporânea, 2010
ISBN: 978-84-92637-23-2

Information on shows at the gallery