Kunsthalle Lissabon presents Tactiles, the first solo show in Portugal by the Costa Rican artist Federico Herrero.


The word “tactil” derives from the ancient Greek “haptikós” which literally means “able to come in contact with”. Herrero’s ability to come in contact with the surroundings goes far beyond simple physical contact, on the contrary it often begins with the simple gaze that delicately, brushes the surfaces that compose the cities and captures their most intense vibrations


Tactiles is conceived as a site-specific exhibition where colors and primordial architectural structures give a new rhythm to the use of the space. In the first room a group of concrete pyramidal shapes gather in the center of the room, while all around the colors seem to climb the walls in search of the light that generated them. In the second room the atmosphere becomes rarefied while structures made out of wood and concrete mark the space and its new fruition which together with their colors and compositions, seem to reflect other fundamental aspects of Federico Herrero’s practice: harmony, balance and calm.


Known for his colorful site-paintings Herrero’s research hides its roots in the urbanism and in the accurate observation of landscapes, cities, and of all the shapes and colors that silently populate them while shaping the visual culture of each place. By constructing a dialogue through the unfolding of the exhibition space, Herrero pays the utmost attention to space and the way in which it reveals itself before his eyes, discovering each time new perspectives and solutions, always different according to the point of view from which they present themselves to the artist.

Federico Herrero (1978, San José) lives and works in San José, Costa Rica. In 1998 he attended studies at Pratt Institute, New York and since 2001, he has presented numerous international solo exhibitions and public installations in cities such as New York, São Paulo, San Francisco, Dusseldorf, Kanazawa, Tokyo, Mexico City and London. Recent major projects include: The sun and the moon, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2021); Barreras Blandas, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose (2020); Tempo aberto, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, São Paulo (2019); Open Envelope, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2018); and Alphabet, a site-specific installation for the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018). Herrero received the Young Artist’s Prize at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) and his work is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions including the Tate Modern, London, UK; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Herrero is also the founder of Despacio, and member of cero uno, both contemporary art spaces in his native San José.



Until May, 21st 2022

Kunsthalle Lissabon

R. José Sobral Cid 9E

Lisboa, Portugal

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