11 Sep –
21 Nov 2020
“Marcius Galan seems to belong to a specific lineage of […] Brazilian artists whose work is characterized by aminimalism of forms and a precise approach to art making, with a particular interest in geometry. In many of his pieces, he carefully reconstructs objects, which are subjected to suppressions or additions, as well as to them is use of certain materials, thus redefining their functionality and form. By intentionally undermining their use-value, Galan addresses the relationships of these objects with social organization, bureaucratic processes or economic systems. Dealing with ideas of deceptiveness and frustration, this phenomenological approach is quite distinct from the renowned participative production of the Brazilian neo-concrete artists who proposed the approximation between art and life in the 1960s and beyond. Even when working on an environmental scale, Galan seems to be more interested in phenomenology as a tool to destabilize our certainties about spatial representations and the bodily experience of space.”
Kiki Mazzucchelli – Phaidon Press, 2013
Marcius Galan was born in Indianapolis, USA in 1972. The artist graduated from FAAP, São Paulo in Artistic Education in 1997, where he continues to live and work to date. His work was shown in solo exhibitions at Gregor Podnar, Berlin (2020; 2017); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2020; 2015; 2011; 2008; 2005; 2004; 1996); Pinacoteca of São Paulo (2019); and White Cube, London (2013) amongst others. Galan has also been included in numerous group exhibitions at leading art institutions and galleries including Guggenheim Bilbao (2017); Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix (2017); MAMM Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín (2016); MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2015); MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); and MAM – Museu de Art Moderna de São Paulo (2014; 2013; 2011; 2009; 2007; 2006) amongst others. Galan was part of a three-member show at Gregor Podnar, Berlin (2015) a unique artist collaboration of himself alongside Goran Petercol and Fernanda Gomes. He participated in the 29th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (2011) and was the winner of the PIPA Prize (2012). His works are part of several public collections globally.