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).
The exhibition Playmode offers a reflection on these aspects and on the era of ludification that contemporary societies are now experiencing,
Dreamers Never Learn (Tidal)
Vasco Barata (Lisbon, 1974) transforms the exhibition space into an installation where visitors are submerged in a semi-abandoned urban environment.
LISBON TRIENNALE: ECONOMY OF MEANS
Economy of Means suggests the challenge of using one means for multiple ends, investigating what makes this approach both a trademark and a precondition for rational architecture.
Projections, 3-D animations, avatars and virtual reality devices - an installation that Angela Bulloch (1966, Ontario, Canada) designed specifically for MAAT’s Oval Gallery.
LOVING AS THE ROAD BEGINS
The exhibition alludes to characters and settings belonging to the queer imagery, as well as new forms of imprisonment and appropriation.
ÁLVARO SIZA - IN/DISCIPLINA
This confessional note – written one day by Álvaro Siza on the inside flap of one of his A5-format sketchbooks – served as a basis for this exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Serralves Contemporary Art Museum.
EXHIBITION FOR THE 10TH EDITION OF THE EDP NEW ARTISTS AWARD
The artists will present their work in an exhibition to be held at the EDP Foundation Gallery, in Porto, and Casa da Música, from 13 December 2013 to 23 March 2014.