Carlos Bunga

Something Necessary and Useful

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    Carlos Bunga, Metamorphosis (detail), site specific installation at Miami Art Museum, Miami, 2009 © Oriol Tarridas Photography

Free entry

21 Jan - 06 Sep 2020

Gallery 2

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful

21 January – 6 September 2020

‘When we walk in that space we are walking between the past and the future and we are the present’. Carlos Bunga (b. 1976, Portugal) creates monumental structures out of everyday materials to propose architecture as transitory and corporeal in his first major UK commission.

Bunga makes cardboard constructions and repurposes domestic furnishings to create an evolving installation in dialogue with the historic interiors of the gallery and its public. He encourages us to get lost in the painted surfaces and openings he creates, to wander among items of adapted mobile furniture, and gaze up at large textured hanging canvases.

Bunga draws on his own experience of displacement and loss; but he is also inspired by the American Shaker movement’s insistence on simplicity in their interiors and furniture, exploring what is necessary and useful in art, architecture and design.

This new commission changes throughout the exhibition as it is cut by its maker, reconfigured and then destroyed. Bunga also invites the choreographer Joe Moran and dancers to perform in the gallery during the course of the exhibition, exploring their shared interest in the relationship among bodies, physical space and time.


Related events


Materiality Will Be Rethought: Part One

Thu 19 Mar, 7pm
£5/£3.50 concs

Artist and choreographer Joe Moran presents the first of a two part new performance commission conceived in dialogue with Carlos Bunga’s exhibition Something Necessary and Useful

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Carlos Bunga Performance

Thu 19 Mar, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Free entry

For the first of two reconfigurations of the work, artist Carlos Bunga performs in his installation Something Necessary and Useful.


Supported by:

The Whitechapel Gallery Commissioning Council

Dorota Audemars
Erin Bell
Heloisa Genish
Leili Huth
Irene Panagopoulos
Catherine Petitgas
Mariela Pissioti
Alex Sainsbury

Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo, Founder of the Fiorucci Art Trust
Galería Elba Benítez
Alejandro Lazaro
Gonzalo Parodi

The Carlos Bunga
Exhibition Circle

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