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Mirian | Exhibition Catalog | 10/02/2015

I first got to know her work back in the 1980s. I have always referred to her as Mirian. All I could feel was that her work fascinated me, bowled me over with emotion! The themes, the colours, sometimes the sensual element, other times the lightness of style, everything took my breath away and made me hunt for the paintings at auctions, whenever the paintings came up for sale.
I slowly started to amass these works, as much as possible. It has never been easy to find them available on the market. I got to have many of them, and would proudly show them off to those sensitive people who were ready to look.
But I didn’t want to sell them. I got into a sticky wicket many times... There were people who were also captivated by the works, so I had to apologise; I would say: “They are not for sale. I am keeping them for an exhibition” – yet the day of the exhibition never arrived. The problem was the intensity of my jealousy! I realised that I would like to have them all to myself, locked in my home or at the art gallery, but away from greedy eyes. That’s the end, don’t you think? An art gallery owner who does not want to sell... Sometimes people think this is a marketing pitch for sales, but it is not. Those who know me well know that this is really not the case.
I calmed down somewhat when, in 2013, I moved into a spacious apartment and took my private collection with me. I bedecked a whole wall with Mirian’s works. I believe there must be between 25 and 30 works in all, all of which are very much admired by anyone who visits my home. You think this is a lot? Well, I know some collectors who have 50, 80 or even 100 of these works... What envy!
However, now I feel that it is no longer possible to keep this collection of works out of the reach of the mainstream public. This artist deserves to be known and also appreciated, and it should be possible to go from one house to another and travel along other walls of people who shall also rejoice in coexistence with her painting.
Miguel Chaia, our guest curator, was one of the people who were not aware of this artist and her work. He saw some works at my home and fell in love. His text is the very first I know to have brought Mirian’s work to light, by embarking on an analysis of her work.
I hope you agree with me, and that you enjoy the exhibition of her work as much as I have.

Vilma Eid

Mirian Inês da Silva
Curator: Miguel Chaia
Opening: 5 March, at 7 p.m. (for guests)
Duration of the exhibition: As from 6th March 2015 to 30th April 2015,
on Mondays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admittance Free.

Galeria Estação