The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, September 24, 2017

Portuguese artist asks public to lie under dismembered train
Portuguese street artist Vhils poses in front of one of his works during the exhibition "Dissection" at the Museum of Electricity in Lisbon on July 3, 2014. Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, 27 years old, is known for his groundbreaking carving technique which forms the basis of his "Scratching the Surface" series and has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to street art in the last decade. The show entitled “Dissection” runs from July 5 to October 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA.

By: Thomas Cabral

LISBON (AFP).- The Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto doesn't just spray-can walls, he takes chisels and jackhammers to them, gouging out work on the streets that go way beyond graffiti into monumental reliefs.

But for his latest work, "Dissection", he has outdone himself -- slicing a Lisbon metro carriage into bits and suspending the carcass of mutilated metal from the ceiling of a museum in his native Lisbon.

Farto, aka Vhils, may have gone a mite mainstream by showing within the confines of the vast Electricity Museum, but he insists the work is as edgy as anything he has done on the streets, putting the modern city itself on the slab.

"The metro train represents the city which I have autopsied to find the origin of the sickness that has killed it," he told AFP.

The 27-year-old made his name chiselling huge, blankly staring faces out of the walls of houses and factories everywhere from London -- where he went to art school -- to Paris, Rio and Shanghai. He has even been known to use explosives to blow holes in walls he has been working on.

"Remove to reveal," is how Vhils describes the technique behind this "Scratching the Surface" series, as the urban portraits are known.

His breakthrough came when the cult British street artist Banksy chose to set up next to one of Vhils' faces at the Cans graffiti festival in London in 2008, and the mysterious artist's agent later gave him space to show his work.

Apathy, however, and specifically the way Vhils feels "people seem willing to accept what happens to them and what goes on around them in cities" is one of the ideas behind the new show, his first in a museum.

To illustrate his point, the public will be invited to lie down underneath the 4.5 tonnes of suspended train wreckage that make up the centrepiece of the show.

When he is not "exploding" walls or trains, Vhils has been working in film, shooting a video for the electronic music stars Buraka Som Sistema, who like him have come from the Lisbon suburbs to international success.

"Dissection" runs until October 5.

© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

July 14, 2014

Brazilian artist Vik Muniz opens exhibition at the Église des Trinitaires in Arles

Solo exhibition of iPad drawings by British artist David Hockney opens at L.A. Louver

Pace presents a retrospective of Zhang Huan's oeuvre at project space in Switzerland

Jackson Pollock's famous large scale painting, Mural, goes on view at the Sioux City Art Center

Marks of Genius: Exhibition presents 100 extraordinary drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Contemporary Scandanavian artist Per Kirkeby opens exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

Elective Affinities: Exhibition brings together a group of sculptures at Simon Lee Gallery

The Gregory Project: Slovak architect turns billboards into homes for the homeless

Phantom of The Opera one sheet may bring $150,000+ at Heritage Autions' Vintage Movie Poster auction

Interior Portraits: New ehibition opens at the New National Museum in Monaco

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona explores the evolution of Oskar Hansen's Open Form theory

'Being, Nothingness and Much, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond The New Yorker' opens at the Bruce Museum

Exhibition of new paintings by Pradeep Puthoor on view at Nature Morte in New Delhi

Gormley's Fine Art hosts garden sculpture exhibition at Russborough

'Summer Show' at Pi Artworks Istanbul brings together works by five artists

Inventing Temperature: Group exhibition on view at the Korean Cultural Centre UK

'The other Side: Mirrors and Reflections in Contemporary Art' on view at the Belvedere

Tim Braden's first solo show in New York on view at Ryan Lee Gallery

Sculpture of Bogdan Rata in front of St. George's Hall within Independents Liverpool Biennial

Love Radio: Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort exhibit at Foam

Portuguese artist asks public to lie under dismembered train

First stop is Miami for U.S. premiere of Simon Ma's new world tour exhibition 'Heart, Water, Ink'

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Carbon dating finds manuscript contains oldest recorded origins of the symbol 'zero'

2.- Alice Walton announces formation of Art Bridges

3.- Met Museum acquires ancient Egyptian gilded coffin

4.- French fashion tycoon and art collector Pierre Berge dies aged 86 in southern France

5.- Van der Weyden, Rubens and Van Dyck: Flemish masters on view in The Hague

6.- New exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum explores rare luxury books of the Middle Ages

7.- Mexican archaeologists find dwelling for Aztec survivors of Spanish conquest

8.- Groundbreaking LGBTQ art show opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei

9.- Egyptian archaeological dig unearths goldsmith's tomb, mummies

10.- Exhibition at Stadel Museum focuses on works by Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful