In 2014, the Serralves Museum began a series of books dedicated to the research and presentation of its collection. These publications are intended as guides to both singular artworks works and representative conceptual and thematic tendencies not only of the institution's collection, but also of Portuguese contemporary art after the 1960s. The collection is defined by a pocket book format, in which the cover shows an image partially hidden by a white strip where the title is placed – only when you open the volume, or unfold the flaps, it becomes possible to read the entire image and text.
The volume “A Cosmopolitan Realism: The KWY Group” was published on the occasion of the homonymous exhibition curated by Catarina Rosendo, who also wrote the text for the book. Established towards the end of the 1950’s, the KWY group was comprised of an international network of artists who were looking to define innovative forms and a fresh language for art amid the social, cultural and economic transformation of post-war Europe. Bringing together the Portuguese artists René Bertholo, Lourdes Castro, António Costa Pinheiro, Gonçalo Duarte, José Escada and João Vieira, with Bulgarian artist Christo and the German Jan Voss, the group gathered in Paris around the KWY magazine, published between 1958 and 1964. Reproductions of pages of the 12 numbers of this magazine, characterized by a great plastic experimentation, are included in the book.
Client: Serralves Museum
Format: 148 x 210 mm, paperback