FLR – Fundação Leal Rios is a Portuguese institution governed by private law whose main goals are the dissemination, upkeep, preservation and promotion of works and artists represented in the contemporary art collection, which brothers Manuel and Miguel Rios have been assembling since 2002. Miguel Leal Rios has taken on the role of curator and director of the institution since 2012, date of its foundation. Located in Lisbon, in an former garage, specifically recovered and adapted by the architect Alexandre Marques Pereira, the Leal Rios Foundation collection is accessible to the public through temporary exhibitions, events and complementary activities, such as workshops and talks, in order to contribute to a better understanding and knowledge of national and international contemporary art.
Among the many Portuguese artists represented in the collection we can find an important group of works by not only Helena Almeida (b. 1934), pioneer in photographic and conceptual art, but also other authors such as Lourdes Castro (b. 1930) founder of the KWY Group in Paris, whose most recognizable works are made from shadows and silhouettes; Julião Sarmento (b. 1948), a fundamental author, who since the 1970s has been using multiple media with a rare visual and conceptual coherence; and also emerging artists such as Joana Escoval (b. 1982) and André Romão (b. 1984).
The collection also includes important groups of works by international artists such as Erwin Wurm (b. 1954, AT), Matt Mullican (b. 1951, US), Cristina Iglesias (b. 1956, ES), Muhau Modisakeng (b. 1986, ZA), Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, US), Jorinde Voigt (b. 1977, DE), Joël Andrianomearisoa (b. 1977, MG), Becky Beasley (b. 1975, GB) or Tristan Perich (n. 1982, US).
In addition to more conventional media such as painting, sculpture, drawing or photography, the collection is particularly devoted to video, installation and time-based media languages.
Manuel Leal Rios (President) & Miguel Rios (Director | Curator) — 24 March \ Opening — copyright © Fundação Leal Rios
Photography \ Helena Peralta
Leal Rios Foundation — Exhibition Room — copyright © Fundação Leal Rios
Photography \ João Biscainho