MAAT will reopen fully on 22 March.
Between 7 February and 22 March MAAT will be closed in order to set up the two exhibitions which will occupy the four spaces in the new building: Utopia/Dystopia – curated by Pedro Gadanho, João Laia and Susana Ventura – and Order and Progress, by Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, curated by Inês Grosso.
Utopia/Dystopia will be the first ‘manifesto exhibition’ in MAAT’s new building. It encourages a debate between over 50 artists – some of whom have never been exhibited in Portugal – who have been contributing with unique perspectives on the title subject since the beginning of the 1970s. Spread across three of MAAT’s exhibition spaces, it will gather works by architects such as Andreas Angelidakis, Aldo Rossi, Archigram, Archzoom, Didier Faustino, åyr and Pedro Bandeira, as well as artists such as Cao Fei, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ângela Ferreira, Diogo Evangelista, Jordi Colomer and Kader Attia.
Héctor Zamora presents a new version of the performance-installation Order and Progress, exhibited in Palais de Tokyo in 2016, in which wreckage from traditional Portuguese fishing boats from different coastal regions temporarily take over MAAT’s Oval Gallery. The performance will welcome the museum’s new opening, at 6pm, on 22 March, in the Oval Gallery.
The exhibition What I Am will also open in the Power Station building, as part of a cycle of viewpoints on the EDP Foundation’s Art Collection, entitled Perspectives. It’s curated by Inês Grosso and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas. What I Am explores the autobiographical and self-referential aspects of artistic creation and invites new perspectives and interpretations. It includes works by Helena Almeida, José Barrias, Sara Bichão, Mauro Cerqueira, Miguel Faro, Jorge Molder, Julião Sarmento, António Sena, João Queiroz, João Pedro Vale, among others.
NEW EXHIBITIONS OPENING AT THE POWER STATION FROM 8 FEBRUARY
MAAT’s programme extends to the Power Station galleries with two exhibitions: Variable Dimensions – Artists and Architecture, and Archive and Democracy, by José Maçãs de Carvalho.
Variable Dimensions suggests a new perspective and dialogue about the relationship between artists and architecture. The exhibition comprises works by around 50 artists from all over the world, such as John Baldessari, Carlos Bunga, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Olafur Eliasson, Isa Genzken, Pierre Huyghe, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rita McBride, Bruce Nauman, Alexandre Périgot, Thomas Ruff, Julião Sarmento, among many others. Curated by Inês Grosso and Gregory Lang.
Showing previously unexhibited works of video and video installation, Archive and Democracy captures an event where a community of domestic workers gather in the streets of central Hong Kong. Curated by Ana Rito.