“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene” at MAAT

During this Spring, MAAT explores the theme of climate change in its second international “manifesto- exhibition” Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene. In the museum’s first collaboration with several European museums, this multi-venue exhibition invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation.

 

"Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene", MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene”, MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

 

In MAAT’s first collaboration with several European museums, the Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene project is centred on current practices that propose critical and creative visions vis-à-vis the environmental transformations that are disturbing our planet. (more…)

“A Thermodynamic Imaginary” – Tomás Saraceno at MAAT Oval Gallery

A Thermodynamic Imaginary presents a new immersive ensemble of sculptures from this ongoing project, including existing and new pieces that allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new attunements between humans, more-than-human beings and the Earth system, reaching an ethical commitment with the sun, the atmosphere, and the planet.

 

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

 

In the upcoming Spring, MAAT presents a wide range of exhibitions in which the theme of climate change stands out. Following the acclaim of Bill Fontana’s Shadow Soundings sound and video installation, which received more than 70.000 visitors, on March 21 MAAT’s Oval Gallery will host a new large-scale commission by Tomás Saraceno.  In the fifth intervention at this iconic space, the artist imagines the Aerocene, a future in which humans will live in solar and wind-powered aerial cities. On April 11, Eco-Visionaries, our second international “manifesto-exhibition”, invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation. (more…)

House in Alfama in Lisbon by Pedro Matos Gameiro

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award City And Landscape Category Prize: a house which features a symbiotic relationship between its interior and exterior spaces.

 

House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Daniel Malhao

House In Alfama in Lisbon, Portugal, by Pedro Matos Gameiro © Daniel Malhao

 

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can a small house in a place of the city of Lisbon re-inscribe the value of the site? By responding in a precise and clear manner to an appealing program of revision, from the ability to reactivate the life value in reinforcing a centrality in the direction of a (new) place. By incorporating, with the exact scale, lending integration and hospitality, sublimated by the material of its delicate, flat walls, that join the different times of this place. By proposing a bedroom located in an extremely high position of the house, that poetically possesses a liquid moment, of an exclusivity with the sky, reinforcing seclusion in the densest place in the city”. (more…)

“Shadow Soundings” Bill Fontana at MAAT Oval Gallery

Bill Fontana’s latest project turns the architecture of a suspended bridge into a sound and video installation. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality.

 

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

 

Shadow Soundings, the new international commission for MAAT’s Oval Gallery, is an immersive sound and video installation by American artist Bill Fontana, which was created from the sounds and vibrations of the 25th of April Bridge and the Tagus River. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality. (more…)

COAM Madrid hosts “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon”

Exhibition about the work, projects and way of looking of the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at  COAM  ©  COAM

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” exhibition at COAM © COAM

 

This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo. (more…)

‘Fernando Guerra: A Photography Practice Under X-Ray’ at Garagem Sul

The CCB, Cultural Centre of Belém in Lisbon, presents the work of Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra, whose camera has portrayed some of the most important contemporary buildings both in Portugal and abroad.

 

Fernando Guerra, a photography practice under x-ray © Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra, a photography practice under x-ray © Fernando Guerra

 

Architectural photography benefited, with the new millennium, from an exponential prevalence in the relation between architects and society. The FG+SG office has taken on the challenges that stemmed from the increased importance given to architecture and is nowadays an internationally recognised and award-winning photographic practice.

The progressive affirmation of the photographer and architect Fernando Guerra has gone hand in hand with the recent architectural production and his photographic reportage, which has spread on a global scale and constitute a privileged perspective of contemporary architecture. (more…)

“Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction” at MAAT Lisbon

With the custom-made pieces for the exhibition, the artist aims to draw and structure the exhibition space by showing her work’s umbilical relationship with architecture.

 

"Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction" detail of “Demolição, 2” © António Jorge Silva

“Fernanda Fragateiro: From archives to matter, to construction” detail of “Demolição, 2” © António Jorge Silva

 

The exhibition Fernanda Fragateiro: from archives to matter, to construction gathers the three works by this artist belonging to the EDP Foundation collection – namely Architecture, a place for women?, which was acquired in 2016 –, pieces which mark her trajectory throughout the years, and other works specifically created for this exhibition. (more…)

“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” at Museu Marítim de Barcelona

The materials presented in this retrospective allow an approximation to a theory of territory, expressed in a plan and a model of the city, as seen in the models of the architect’s projects. Da Graça is the architect of the Pavilion of Knowledge of the Seas at the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon and the musealization of the archaeological zone of the New Castle Square.

 

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Edifício-sede do Banco Português de Investimento, 2015 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

The MMB and Architects for Architecture present the exhibition “Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon“. This is not an exhibition about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, but its anthological character is inevitable. The show reveals a way of looking that has been present since the beginning of his professional and teaching activity. It is a way of looking that is illustrated from the city where he has worked for more than 30 years: Lisbon. This exhibit has previously been exhibited at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, at the Leopoldo Rother Architecture Museum in Bogotá, and at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulo.

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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“Utopia/Dystopia” exhibition at MAAT Lisbon

Utopia/Dystopia is the first “manifesto exhibition” in 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.

 

Cao Fei (SL avatar: China Tracy). RMB City: A Second Life City Planning. 2007-2011. Video © Cao Fei

Cao Fei (SL avatar: China Tracy). RMB City: A Second Life City Planning. 2007-2011. Video © Cao Fei

 

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. (more…)

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

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…)