Francisco Tropa, "The Lung and the Heart" at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris

Prepare yourself for a sensory experience in the artist's dream world


CultureSecrets invites you to a guided tour with one of the major artists of the Portuguese scene, Francisco Tropa, presented at MAM as part of the France-Portugal 2022 Season organized by the French Institute.

To know

Francisco Tropa's practice is essentially oriented towards sculpture, to which the photographic or filmic image is often associated. References to Antiquity, science and technology, and the history of art are interwoven. In this way, a work with drawers is elaborated, which takes the form of an investigation aiming to dissect the act of creation. 

The exhibition "The Lung and the Heart" seeks to give form to the creative principles that define life, the workings of the world and of beings. Initiated by Scipio's Dream and an ancient vision of the Cosmos, the exhibition ends with a dream. That of the narrator of Gradiva (1903), a famous short story by Wilhelm Jensen whose action takes place in the city of Pompeii during the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

The setting is set, that of a metaphysical and dreamlike landscape that invites one to cross worlds to identify their forces. The twilight and the rhythm of the mechanicals that respond to each other invite a sensory experience. Placed at the center of the exhibition, the installation The Lung and the Heart unfolds on a principle of repetition and offers a reflection on the extraordinary functionality of the human body. 

Our secret

Do you know where the title of the exhibition comes from? Let the artist explain it to us in his

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Practice info:

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

Museum of Modern Art / MAM 
11, Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris

Your name will be inscribed on a list at the entrance of the event at the Information Point in the
lobby of the museum.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the event to collect your entrance to the exhibition

View of the exhibition Francisco Tropa, The Lung and the Heart, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff. Photographer François Doury 

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