“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…)

“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…)

“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…)

“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…)

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

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.

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“Pynchon Park” intervention by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at MAAT Lisbon

In the first commission for an intervention in the iconic central space of the new MAAT building, the renowned French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has been invited to create a site-specific work around the theme of the inaugural museum’s programme: Utopia/Dystopia.

 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pynchon Park, 2016. View of the installation at MAAT, 2016 © Bruno Lopes

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pynchon Park, 2016. View of the installation at MAAT, 2016 © Bruno Lopes

 

Evoking a 21st century fairy tale, the artist has created Pynchon Park, an enclosure where aliens would be able to observe human behaviour in optimal conditions. The new installation takes up the entire thousand square metres of MAAT’s Oval Gallery, allowing the visitor to become a part of the work of art in a fun and intriguing way. (more…)