There are 18 exhibitions that MAAT will present in 2019: nine national, and nine international. In the year in which EDP Foundation is promoting the 14th edition of the New Artists Award, and respective collective exhibition in the scope of which the winner of this edition will be highlighted; six other exhibitions focus on the work of winners’ and finalists of previous editions of the Award, thus, reinforcing the commitment of representing Portuguese artists and contributing to their internationalization. The artists are Carlos Bunga, Vasco Araújo, Ana Santos, Carla Filipe, the pair Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela, and Vasco Barata. The year will also be marked by another edition of the EDP Foundation Art Grand Prize.
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM
23 JANUARY - 22 APRIL
Hello Robot is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, which for the first time examines the current boom of robotics with examples of domestic and industrial robots, as well as those used in medical sciences, cinema and literature.
CURATORSHIP: IWONA BLAZWICK
23 JANUARY - 20 MAY
Carlos Bunga’s exhibition will gather a set of artworks executed throughout the last 10 to 15 years, and some new ones, namely, a large-scale site-specific project which explores issues that are more directly related to the crossing of architecture, sculpture and painting. This will be the first big monographic exhibition by the artist in Portugal, and it aims at presenting less well-known aspects of his artistic production. The exhibition will count on a partnership with the Carmona e Costa Foundation which will, simultaneously, do the opening of the first Carlos Bunga exhibition exclusively composed of drawings. Bunga was the winner of the 2003 edition of the EDP Foundation New Artists’ Award.
ANA SANTOS: ANATEMA
CURATORSHIP: ANA ANACLETO
22 JANUARY - 20 MAY
CENTRAL. ASHTRAY 8
Ana Santos (1982, Espinho) can be found in the border of great sculptural traditions of modernity. The assumption and appropriation of objects found or acquired, and the work of direct transformation of traditional materials, such as wood, marble or metal, in the field of sculpture, highly define her work. This exhibition will gather a set of unique sculptures. Ana Santos was the winner of the EDP Foundation New Artists’ Award, in 2013.
FICTION AND MANUFACTURING
CURATORSHIP: PEDRO GADANHO AND SÉRGIO FAZENDA RODRIGUES
20 MARCH - 19 AUGUST
MAAT. MAIN GALLERY AND VIDEO ROOM
This exhibition seeks to analyse the emergence of photographic practices which, resulting from the influence of the visual art field, or the post-Photoshop era, introduced new trends and languages in the way architecture is represented and, thus, integrates a wide contemporary visual culture. The artworks presented contribute to a critical interpretation of the architecture therein represented, as well as, to its altered perception. The exhibition comprises artworks from artists such as Thomas Demand, Filip Dujardin, Andreas Gurski, Thomas Ruff, Edgar Martins, André Cepeda, amongst others.
EDP FOUNDATION NEW ARTISTS’ AWARD
CURATORSHIP: INÊS GROSSO, JOÃO SILVÉRIO AND SARA ANTÓNIA MATOS
15 MAY - 9 SEPTEMBER
The EDP Foundation New Artists’ Award was established by EDP Foundation, in 2000 and it is aimed at the revelation of new values of national creation in the field of visual arts. Having a biennial periodicity, it is renowned as one of the most meaningful prizes in the Portuguese artistic scenery, having already awarded some of the most important national artists, such as, Joana Vasconcelos, Leonor Antunes, Vasco Araújo, Carlos Bunga, Gabriel Abrantes, Claire de Santa Coloma, amongst others. The finalists (between six and nine), will be known in January and will present their artworks between May and September.
CURATORSHIP: MIGUEL VON HAFE PÉREZ
15 MAY - 13 OCTOBER
CENTRAL BOILER ROOM
Pedro Tudela’s (1962, Viseu) career congregates an already long and multifaceted artistic path. Initially known as a painter (since the 1908’s), more recently he has been developing an interesting investigation in the domains of installation, working on an idea of “edition”. This aspect has had a privileged position in his activity as a musician, in his practice as a phonographic editor, or in the demonstrations he has been presenting in the field of sculpture, with a strong performative connotation. The artist is going to conceive an artwork specifically aimed at the context of the Boiler Room, bearing the place and its characteristics in mind as a starting point and motto.
CURATORSHIP: PEDRO GADANHO AND RITA MARQUES
15 MAY - 13 OCTOBER
French artist Xavier Veilhan’s intervention will be the first to activate the roof of the MAAT building, in response to the fact that this is a privileged spot from the viewpoint of public affluence to the museum. Making use of new statues of a series that the artist has been developing, three to four figures, created from melded aluminium, will become permanent inhabitants of the part of the museum’s roof which can be visited, thus, establishing a dialogue with the building’s architecture. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the running of ARCO Lisboa, signalling the first time that the public of this event will access MAAT through the pedestrian bridge, designed by Amanda Levete.
SPECIAL COMMISSION: JESPER JUST
CURATORSHIP: PEDRO GADANHO AND IRENE CAMPOLMI
15 MAY - 2 SEPTEMBER
MAAT. OVAL GALLERY
On occasion of the running of “ARCO Lisboa”, MAAT will present the seventh specific installation at the Oval Gallery, with an order placed to the Danish artist Jesper Just. Occupying the whole gallery, the artist will present the play Servitude, a video installation of 8 channels with great sculptural and architectonic elements, previously presented at the Palais of Tokyo (2015), and a new video installation of 3 channels commissioned by MAAT.
CURATORSHIP: LUÍS SILVA AND JOÃO MOURÃO
15 MAY - 9 SEPTEMBER
MAAT. PROJECT ROOM
The individual exhibition by the artist Carla Filipe, at MAAT, opens the Project Room program for 2019 – a space dedicated to the presentation of Portuguese artists, and through which some of the most important names of national artistic production, such as, João Louro, Ângela Ferreira, Miguel Palma and Grada Kilomba have already passed. The exhibition by Carla Filipe, a finalist of the New Artists Award 2011, will include a series of new artworks, in dialogue with old ones, thus, proposing a retrospective look upon her work.
VASCO ARAÚJO: VOX
CURATORSHIP: ANA CACHOLA AND INÊS GROSSO
5 JUNE - 9 SEPTEMBER
The exhibition proposes a transversal vision of Vasco Araújo’s work, originating from the relation and interrelation the artist establishes between the performative capacity of voice and body, while instruments of identity construction, but also while a creative strategy of matching notions of autobiography and literary evocations, fiction and reality. This exhibition signals 20 years of Vasco Araújo’s artistic production. He was one of the first winners of EDP’s New Artists’ Award, in 2002.
MARIANA CALÓ AND FRANCISCO QUEIMADELA
5 JUNE - 13 OCTOBER
CENTRAL. ASHTRAY 8
Working as an artistic pair since 2010, Mariana Caló (1984, Viana do Castelo) and Francisco Queimadela (1985, Coimbra) will present a set of unique artworks associated to the recently produced ones. Their artistic practice includes video, a film from 8 to 16 mm, slideshows, drawing, sculpture and painting, which usually appear associated in the form of installations, creating visual ambiences organized with great accuracy. Making use of analogical visual tools, like films – many of which construed from the sequential assembly of photographs -, the interest they manifest in issues of perception linked to the passing of time, respective demonstrations and interpretations, becomes particularly evident. The pair was amongst the finalists of the EDP Foundation New Artists’ Award, 2013.
CURATORSHIP: FILIPE PAIS AND PATRÍCIA GOUVEIA
11 SEPTEMBER - 17 FEBRUARY 2020
MAAT. MAIN GALLERY
Many artists understood the power of transformation of game into play, integrating them in their artworks with distinct objectives – escaping reality, construction and social transformation, subversion, or criticism of the game mechanisms. Resorting to existing works and to new orders of workpieces by artists of several countries, the exhibition Playmode presents a reflexion on these aspects in different artistic practices. But it also suggests a reflexion on the influence of games and playfulness in society, with a special focus on the process of society’s gamification.
CURATORSHIP: INÊS GROSSO AND IRENE CAMPOLMI
10 SEPTEMBER - 17 FEBRUARY
MAAT. VIDEO ROOM
Born in Egypt and living in Basel, Switzerland, for several years now, Basim Magdy will present a new artwork recorded in different locations of Portugal, including, amongst others, the Rock Art Centre of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and the megalithic enclosure of Almendres, in Alentejo. Focusing on a series of political and social themes which mark the world and society of the XXI century, his work is set in the border between fictional and historiographic narratives, producing several layers of interpretation and meaning. Magdy was elected Artist of the Year, by Deutsche Bank, in 2016, and by the prestigious Abraaj Group Art Prize, in 2014.
ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL: ECONOMY OF MEANS
CURATORSHIP: ÉRIC LAPIERRE
4 OCTOBER - 2 DECEMBER
CENTRAL 1 E CENTRAL 2
This exhibition, integrated in the 5th edition of the Architecture Triennial of Lisbon, named “The Poetics of Reason”, proposes a typology of the effects of economy of means up to our days, questioning those that can be explored today.
SPECIAL COMMISSION: ANGELA BULLOCH
4 OCTOBER - 6 APRIL 2020
MAAT. OVAL GALLERY
Angela Bulloch’S work explores diversified forms, all of which demonstrating a fascination for systems, patterns and rules, being placed in a creative territory between maths and aesthetics. Having studied at Goldsmiths College, in London, and being part of the so-called “YBA” (Young British Artists) generation, her work has been developing in the sense of a formal and technical debugging. The pixel boxes, her most popular contribution, were originally made of wood, containing, on one of its sides, a plastic screen, which was traversed by the intermittent projection of coloured lights producing visual patterns which varied between the monochrome process, or the most complex mosaic. Paying homage to the minimalist tradition, these workpieces have technologically and formally evolved, their installations having been transformed into pure visual abstractions, convoking the spectator’s perception in its most varied dimensions.
JOÃO PEDRO VALE E NUNO ALEXANDRE FERREIRA
CURATORSHIP: INÊS GROSSO
4 OCTOBER - 17 FEBRUARY
MAAT. PROJECT ROOM
The exhibition by this pair of artists has, as starting point, an investigation held in Paris, under the program of artistic residences of La Cité Internationale des Arts. The artists will resort to episodes of Portuguese emigration from 1960 to 1979, namely, to France, and its role in the shaping of temporary communities – the so-called bidonvilles -, to establish an analogy between the idea of bodies in transit, from the migrant and refugee, to the transsexual and transgender.
CURATORSHIP: CAROLINA GRAU
30 OCTOBER - 20 JANUARY 2020
CENTRAL. ASHTRAY 8
Vasco Barata (Lisbon, 1974) was invited to carry out a new exhibitive project for the Ashtray 8 room, where he will present a set of artworks specifically conceived for this space. Vasco Barata, who was finalist of the 2011 EDP New Artists’ Award, has been presenting, since the end of the 90’s, a work marked by the use of photography and video, associated to drawing and installation. In his work, one can identify an interest in cinema and cinema-related devices, through codes of language, as well as references to popular culture.
ARTISTS’ FILM INTERNATIONAL 2019
30 OCTOBER - 27 APRIL 2020
CENTRAL. BOILER ROOM
MAAT is one of the institutions integrating the Artists’ Film International – a program dedicated to the exhibit of videos, films and animations executed by artists from all over the world. Initiated in 2008 by the Whitechapel Gallery (London), this program is now a global partnership that gathers 18 institutions. For the fourth consecutive year, MAAT will present – in the Boiler Room – another version of the program annually subjected to a certain theme. At a time when the topic of de-colonization of art and criticism – in relation to the traditional western Eurocentric perspective – is at the centre of contemporary debate, the Artists’ Film International promotes dialogue between cultures and artistic practices between the centre and the periphery.