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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, "From Stores C-10 and D-1", 2009, Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    João Penalva From Stores C-10 and D-1, 2009

    Ensemble de 7 photographies, noir et blanc et couleur
    Impression digitale montée sur Dibond
    Appr. 157 x 384,5 cm
    1/3 + 1 AP
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2019
    © Photo: Rémi Villaggi / Mudam Luxembourg
    Vue de l'exposition João Penalva, Mudam Luxembourg, 03.03.2018 – 16.09.2018

  1. João Penalva Kitsune, 2000

    Projection vidéo (DVD)
    57 min
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2001
    © João Penalva

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