Following its official opening on October 5, 2016, the new MAAT kunsthalle reopens to the public on March 22, 2017, with two major exhibitions that take up the whole building: Utopia/Dystopia—A Paradigm Shift, curated by Pedro Gadanho, João Laia and Susana Ventura—and Order and Progress by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, curated by Inês Grosso.
March 22 – August 21, 2017
MAAT Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology
Av. Brasília, Central Tejo 300-598 Lisboa
Utopia/Dystopia is the first “manifesto exhibition” at MAAT’s new building. Establishing a dialogue with the site-specific commissions at the museum’s Oval Gallery, these group shows present side by side works of artists and architects who, in their respective fields, have produced insights and critical reflections on crucial themes of our times.
Echoing the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, the show reveals how the dichotomy between utopia and dystopia reflects a time of paradoxical acceleration, where anxiety and optimism collide. Today, technological developments stimulate expectations of enhanced connectivity and a better quality of life. However, cyclical crises also constantly disturb the social, political and ecological spheres. With utopian and dystopian narratives typically emerging in such troubled periods, artists and architects, writers or filmmakers are crucial in proposing contradictions and proposing illuminating new possibilities. Encompassing a wide range of ideas, from a profound reflexion on the downfall of Modernism to the current political scene, Utopia/Dystopia promotes a dialogue between more than 60 artworks and projects that present unique views on the subject since the early 1970s.
The book Utopia/Dystopia is a companion to the curatorial project by the same title that opened at Lisbon’s MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. It is not exactly an exhibition catalogue, but rather a reader containing previously unpublished essays on the ongoing transition from the five-hundred-year old literary notion of utopia, toward the pervasive, everyday imposition of its mirror image: dystopia. Texts by Franco Berardi, Rosi Braidotti, Keller Easterling, Pedro Gadanho, João Laia, Antoine Picon and Susana Ventura.
Alexander Brodsky & Ilya Utkin, Mathis Altmann, Filipe Alves, Andreas Angelidakis, Archigram, Archizoom, Timo Arnall, åyr, Kader Attia, Pedro Bandeira, Pedro Barateiro, Olivo Barbieri, James Beckett, Berdaguer & Péjus, Alain Bublex, Jordi Colomer, Robert Darroll, Inês Dantas, Tacita Dean, DIS, Diogo Evangelista, Inci Eviner, Didier Faustino, Cao Fei, Ângela Ferreira, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Clara Ianni, Renaud Jerez, Gonçalo Mabunda, Michael MacGarry, Luca Martinucci, Office em colaboração com / in collaboration with Dogma, Olalekan Jeyifous, OMA, Miguel Palma, Pedro Portugal, William Powhida, Tabor Robak, André Romão, Aldo Rossi, Jonas Staal, Beniamino Servino, Michael E. Smith, Superstudio, Ryan Trecartin, Nasan Tur, WAI Think Tank, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lebbeus Woods.