Since its inception, the EDP Foundation has been a major player in the promotion of exhibitions, through in-house production, patronage and/or curatorial support, as well as partnerships with other entities in Portugal and abroad.
In its own programming, the EDP Foundation inherited the production and creation of exhibitions and awards initiated in 2000, building this activity and making it more regular since 2006, the year when the Power Station was reopened to the public as a renewed museum space. Precedence was given to projects that embodied the EDP Foundation’s strategy for the arts: discovering new talents and presenting critically consecrated values and historically important works that were not well known.
In 2016, the opening of MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology marked a new phase in the Foundation’s exhibitive activity, with a programming strategy based on international expansion. While always maintaining an intense focus on national production, the MAAT has also become a platform to present relevant foreign artists in Portugal and create an exchange with other institutions, reinforcing the museum’s position in the international contemporary art networks.
The EDP Foundation is also associated, as a patron or partner, with dozens of exhibitions produced every year by leading institutions. In Portugal, the Serralves Foundation’s Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Ancient Art, the Chiado Museum, Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum, Casa das Histórias – Paula Rego Museum, Lisbon City Museum, National Fine Arts Society, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Graça Morais Contemporary Art Centre and Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Municipal Museum, and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, among others. Activities abroad include institutions such as the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Vitra Design Museum (Germany), Design Museum (Belgium), the Venice Biennale, Fundación Maria Cristina Masaveu, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid), the Barbican Centre (London) and Whitechapel Gallery (London).
MAPPING, MEMORY, POLITICS
The works by Luís Palma presented in this exhibition – photographs, light box photos and videos – make up an essay and a reflection on the individual and collective memory of society and the world.
EDP Foundation New Artists Award
Isabel Madureira Andrade, AnaMary Bilbao, Dealmeida Esilva, Mónica de Miranda, Henrique Pavão and Diana Policarpo are the six artists who make up this edition’s collective exhibition.
The entire Boiler Hall space will become a stage for an immersive experience which combines a sound piece that accompanies three moments throughout which the space is inhabited by one sculpture and two installations.
Tomorrow there won’t be any art
The project presents a set of symbols and graphic images taken from the political post-25 April 1974 narrative, while removing all manual plasticity from it.
Servitudes - Circuits (Interpassivities)
Servitudes – Circuits (Interpassivities) combines and re-stages two interrelated pieces in the artist’s recent production: Servitudes, an eight-channel video installation that was first presented in 2015 at the Palais Tokyo, and Circuits - Interpassivities, a multimedia piece presented here for the first time in a museum context, after its initial presentation at the artist’s gallery in Denmark.
Romy and the dogs
French artist Xavier Veilhan is the first to use MAAT’s rooftop, with a specially-designed sculpture installation, “Romy and the dogs”, that responds to the characteristics of this unique urban space.
HELLO, ROBOT. DESIGN BETWEEN HUMAN AND MACHINE
This show examines the current boom in robotics. It comprises more than 200 exhibits from the fields of design and art and includes robots used in the home, in nursing care, and industry, as well as computer games, media installations, and examples of films and literature featuring robots.