Pedro Cabrita Reis
(Portugal) *1956 in Lisbon
In his sculptures and large-scale sculptural interventions, Pedro Cabrita Reis frequently makes use of building materials such as bricks, fluorescent tubes or aluminium pipes, and also draws on found materials. Precise and playful in equal measure, he creates works which redefine the space and integrate the natural or electric light as constituent elements of the sculpture. His white-coated aluminium construction “Blossom”, specially created for Blickachsen 13, consists of countless interconnected rectangular pipes yet seems, standing in front of the great cedar in the upper garden of the Schlosspark, like dense branchwood springing from its natural surroundings. In this way, the artist translates the everyday and the absence of clarity and order into the beauty of a frozen moment: “I make my way through the world … seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting everything around me, and my art lives off this.”
Pedro Cabrita Reis has been invited repeatedly to documenta in Kassel (1992, 2017), to the Biennale in São Paulo (1994, 1998) or Venice (1995, 1997, 2003, 2013, 2023) and is considered internationally to be one of the most influential Portuguese artists of his generation.