“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Serralves Museum

April 26, 2017

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  


Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York


Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it,”. (more…)

Victor Palla e Bento d’ Almeida “Architecture from other times” at Centro Cultural de Belém

April 22, 2017

The work produced by the studio of the architects Victor Palla (1922-2006) and Joaquim Bento d’Almeida (1918-1997), which has been widely recognised by historians and critics of Portuguese architecture, is subject of a public exhibition for the first time.


Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias - Praia da Falésia c. 1968 Victor Palla e Bento d'Almeida © Arquivo do atelier

Perspetiva das casas da Aldeia das Açoteias – Praia da Falésia, c. 1968, Victor Palla e Bento d’Almeida © Arquivo do atelier


These two architects formed part of a generation that adhered to the principles of the Modern Movement and they worked together professionally for 25 years (1947-1973), producing more than 700 projects. They were responsible for the modernisation of countless commercial establishments, factories, primary schools, permanent housing (single-family detached houses and multi-family housing blocks) and temporary accommodation (hotels and tourist complexes), with their activity also extending into the areas of design and the arts. (more…)

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” now at MAAT Lisbon

March 2, 2017

The exhibition ‘Dimensões variáveis’ expresses a complexity of subjects that preoccupy artists and their unique critical, political, and poetic approaches. The artworks gathered by the curators intend to create tensions and dialogues, to suggest multiple levels of interpretations and personal narratives beyond the architectural matter.


"Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture" © MAAT Lisbon

“Variable Dimensions. Artists and Architecture” © MAAT Lisbon


“Variable Dimensions” is a descriptive term commonly used in captions of artworks, especially in the field of contemporary art, but rarely used in the field of architecture, where dimensions are used for construction and hence naturally pre-defined. This exhibit suggests a fresh look on this difference and reinvents dialogues around the relationship between artists and architecture. (more…)

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

January 6, 2017

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.


Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado


The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)

Barbican’s “The World of Charles and Ray Eames” now at MAAT Lisbon

January 5, 2017

Bringing together over 380 works, through objects and projects produced during the couple’s lifetime, the exhibition presented last year at the Barbican Centre in London will be on show at Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology until January 9, 2017


Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC


The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a major new exhibition surveying the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames was presented last year at the Barbican Centre in London, and opened at MAAT, Museum of Art Architecture and Technology of Lisbon on 5 October 2016.


Lisbon Architecture Triennale “The Form of Form”

October 11, 2016

The long-awaited Portuguese Triennale starts off with an exhibition on architectural form curated by Diogo Seixas Lopes, to be followed by three other exhibitions and a conference series taking place in new venues all around Lisbon.


TAL2016, "The Form of Form" Installation view © Tiago Casanova

TAL2016, “The Form of Form” Installation view © Tiago Casanova


Curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, the 2016 Lisbon Triennale started last week with a program filled with events and programmed exhibition for the next three months. This year’s theme “The form of Form” takes its name from the opening exhibition, curated by Seixas Lopes himself, in which he reflects on the ever-changing approaches of architects to architectural form in the past, present and future.


“Continuity — Eduardo Souto de Moura” at Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

June 20, 2016

The exhibition, curated by António Sérgio Koch and André de França Campos with photography and video from Takashi Sugimoto, explores sequentially the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura. The complexity and ambiguity of his approach to the architecture project becomes apparent through the analysis of some of his more remarkable buildings.


Eduardo Souto de Moura – Continuity © Takashi Sugimoto

Eduardo Souto de Moura – Continuity © Takashi Sugimoto


Symbolism and analogies are key elements in the architectural composition of Eduardo Souto de Moura’s work. Veiled in the case of symbolisms, or clearly embraced in the case of analogies, these act as catalysts of a mental process that searches for solutions that will strengthen and contextualize his interventions.


“Les universalistes” 50 years of Portuguese architecture now showing in Paris

April 17, 2016

The exhibition, celebrating the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s 50th anniversary in Paris, showcases some of the best Portuguese architecture in search for the universalist movement already present in Portuguese literature, cinema and arts.


Quartier de Saõ Victor, Porto, Portugal (1974-1976), Álvaro Siza © Archive MoMA (New York)

Quartier de Saõ Victor, Porto, Portugal (1974-1976), Álvaro Siza © Archive MoMA (New York)


The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is holding an exhibition showcasing some of the best Portuguese architecture of the last five decades, in an attempt to discover a common ground based on a certain “universalism” – a conceptual condition already present in other fields of the Portuguese culture: literature, arts and cinema. (more…)

“Architecture in Competition: a Critical Journey Through Portuguese Modernity” at C.C. Belém

March 28, 2016

The exhibition presents an overview of architectural competitions in the last hundred years. With the participation of a selected team of critics and authors, it presents a curatorial approach based on existing research and documentation collected in archives, institutions and architectural offices, and provides a historical and theoretical approach of competitions in Portugal.


Arquitectura em Concurso © Renzo Piano. CC Bélem

Arquitectura em Concurso © Renzo Piano. CC Bélem


Competitions in Portugal granted a number of works that marked the history of modern and contemporary architecture, not only as buildings of outstanding quality but also as evidence of important changes in the country. A number of key works that resulted from competitions were inscribed in our history. It is indisputable that, culturally speaking, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation radically changed the art institutions in Portugal; the Centro Cultural de Belém attested the dawn of a European Portugal and the Casa da Música became the symbol of a new cosmopolitan city. (more…)

Marble and geometry: refurbishment in Oporto by FALA ATELIER

January 11, 2016

The refurbishment of an old clothing store in Oporto into a real estate agency by Portuguese studio Fala Atelier features pure forms, scale and proportions, using different types of marble with an enormous precision.


Collage. Real estate agency in Porto, by FALA ATELIER © FALA ATELIER

Collage. Real estate agency in Porto, by FALA ATELIER © FALA ATELIER


The clients acquired an old clothing store in the suburbs from Oporto. The brief requested the space to be transformed into a new agency for their real estate company and the intervention had to be designed and implemented in less than 4 weeks. The new design should define the conceptual basis for all their future stores. (more…)