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).
As Sound Capsules, funcionam como plataformas alargadas através das quais os Memovolts – Histórias da Coleção de Património Energético geram ressonâncias. Estas cruzam-se com playlists comissionadas, com curadoria de Gonçalo F. Cardoso.
Memovolts. Stories from the EDP Foundation Energy Heritage Collection
Iniciada em 1990, a Coleção de Património Energético Fundação EDP reúne cerca de 3500 peças e um vasto acervo documental, referente à temática da energia e, em especial, à da eletricidade.
The Peepshow. Artists from the EDP Foundation Portuguese Art Collection
The Peepshow is an intriguing previewing of part of the EDP Foundation Portuguese Art Collection.
SO - IL Currents
Twelve of the temporary projects the studio has formulated over the past decade are organised in six thematic pairs, or “currents”, bringing subjects the studio explores in its work to the fore.
Cláudia Martinho. Extinction call
Extinction Calls is a special commission to the artist Cláudia Martinho, in which the artist uses sounds from the archive to create a path of multiple sonic encounters with extinct and critically endangered bird species.
Beeline: A museum-wide architecture intervention by SO – IL
Beeline is an unprecedented architectural intervention commissioned to the New York-based studio SO – IL that occupies the entirety of maat’s building.
"FORM AND LIGHT" EXHIBITION AT HOUSE OF ARCHITECTURE
This exhibition stems from a partnership between EDP Foundation and the Embassy of Israel in Portugal on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school, and was first shown at MAAT – Central Tejo between 12 July and 2 September 2019.
Von Calhau! Nailed Rathorics
Unharias Ratóricas [Nailed Rathorics] is a Von Calhau! exhibition. Unharias is a valise-word that unites Unhas [nails in Portuguese] and Ninharias [knick-knacks]. Unhas [nails] are structures composed by keratin, that can be found on the fingertips of some animals. Ninharias [knick-knacks] are small or insignificant things. Rhatorics is the plural of Rhatoric. Rhatoric is a possible ersatz [substitute] for rhetoric, in which the E of Elusion is replaced by the A of Allusion. Alludes to the image of an animal that also has nails: the Rat.