Palmares - Pernambuco,1952 Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, 2016
Tunga addressed fundamental questions of contemporary art, particularly the trends and directions that emerged at the end of the 1960’s onwards. The object, performance and installation, as means to break with art tradition, and the search for incongruity in the art experience, mark this artist's work.
Without establishing boundaries between production media, Tunga referred to some of his works as instaurações (instaurations): an amalgamation of action -performance, happenings - and art installation). These included objects, images, videos, sculptures and installations that bear the mark of the performance which gave rise to them, and yet are finished works. The approximations and contradictions between what is representation and what is reality and its implications for language constitute the poetics of Tunga.
Internationally recognized, Tunga held exhibitions at institutions such as New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, and had a retrospective of his work exhibited at the 31st Biennial of São Paulo.