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Nick Mauss (New York, 1980) is one of the most influential voices of the new generation of contemporary artists. His diversified artistic work - which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and performance art – and is often developed in collaboration with other visual artists, dancers and musicians, is defined by his interest in the ideas of fragmentation and dramaturgy. A common denominator of the various facets of his oeuvre is drawing as an underlying process.- which allows the artist to "work with formats that can’t be categorised".

Mauss builds his work using objects and forms, and also with bodies and lines. This exhibition, designed in response to the unique context of Serralves Villa, will combine paintings, dance and performance. The artist will use the Villa’s unique architecture as a set design or stage, and will incorporate the spectator as an active participant in the exhibition’s narrative.


Nick Mauss lives and works in Berlin and New York. His works are included in the following collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Princeton Art Museum, Princeton; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims. He was recently invited by the New National Museum in Monaco to reinterpret the work of Leon Bakst, the famous set designer of the Ballets Russes, covering the visual and sensorial aspects of exhibition design as an art form.


The exhibition, organized by Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, is curated by João Ribas, Senior Curator of the Museum and Deputy Director.