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João Penalva

Taking the form of a one hour long shot of a foggy landscape, Kitsune evokes a Japanese tale. This tells the story of Kitsune, the spirit of the fox, which can transform itself into a person, but can then disappear again just as quickly. With this parable about appearance and existence, about blindness, superstition, illusion and fear, Penalva (1949) puts our perception to the test: the seeminly Japanese scenery was in fact filmed on Madeira, and the fairy tale was in fact created by the artist himself.


  1. João Penalva, "Kitsune", 2001. Vidéo couleur, son. 57 min. Collection Mudam Luxembourg. Acquisition 2001 © João Penalva
    João Penalva Kitsune, 2001

    Vidéo couleur, son
    57 min
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2001
    © João Penalva

  1. João Penalva, "From Stores C-10 and D-1", 2009, Collection Mudam Luxembourg © Photo: Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg
    João Penalva From Stores C-10 and D-1, 2009

    Ensemble de 7 impressions jet d'encre pigmentaire
    Impression digitale montée sur Dibond
    Appr. 157 x 384,5 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2019
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg
    Vue de l'exposition João Penalva, Mudam Luxembourg, 03.03.2018 – 16.09.2018

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