Bofa da Cara
Rita Sobral Campos
Rui Afonso Santos
Twentieth Century Portuguese Art (1910-1960) is the second of three large exhibitions to successively mark the commemorations for the centenary of the MNAC - Museu do Chiado. Poetic Things That Are Political is a screening programme that brings together previously unseen videos in Portugal by Austin Shull and Chelsea Knight (USA), Cao Fei (China), Carla Zaccagnini (Brazil), Daniel Jewesbury (Northern Ireland), Katarina Zdjelar (Serbia), Nastio Mosquito/Bofa da Cara (Angola), Nira Pereg (Israel) and Rita Sobral Campos (Portugal). For Other Perspectives - New Projects, the atrium on floor 1 will successively host specific projects by Ana Vidigal, Rodrigo Oliveira, Antonio Olaio and Xana. New works, accompanied by a short text by the artists, which show us new perspectives from which to relate to the museum and its collection, and propel in other directions the reflection that has been encouraged and that is to be continued in the dialogue with the public.
Arte Portuguesa do Século XX (1910-1960)
Modernity and the avant-garde
30.06.2011 - 05.10.2011
curated by Adelaide Ginga
Twentieth Century Portuguese Art (1910-1960) is the second of three large exhibitions to successively mark the commemorations for the centenary of the MNAC – Museu do Chiado, providing an overall view of its collection. This period, which corresponds to the first fifty years of the museum's existence, is decisive in the history of Portuguese art.
In the first few decades, the winds of freedom blowing from the Republican revolution opened the way for the establishment of avant-garde movements and the dawn of modernity. From the 1930s, the development of modernisms by different generations of artists took place in the unfavourable context of a dictatorial regime which, throughout the 1940s, became increasingly censorial, provoking a range of reactions from artists and movements faced with the social and cultural limitations and the sparsity of information reaching them from the outside world.
The series of works presented here resulted from purchases made by two of the MNAC’s directors during this period – Adriano de Sousa Lopes (1929-44) and Diogo de Macedo (1944-59) – as well as subsequent acquisitions, donations and deposits that consolidated groups of works by particular artists and refreshed the collection with work by emerging artists, giving substance to the name Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea. Despite the fact that, due to various historical vicissitudes some artists and movements are insufficiently well represented in this collection (the most obvious case being Maria Helena Vieira da Silva), the exhibition sketches a view of the period, its creators, and the respective dynamics at work in Portuguese art during the first five decades of the twentieth century.
Poetic Things that are Political
30.06.2011 - 21.08.2011
Curated by Miguel Amado
“Poetic Things That Are Political” is a screening programme that brings together previously unseen videos in Portugal by Austin Shull and Chelsea Knight (USA), Cao Fei (China), Carla Zaccagnini (Brazil), Daniel Jewesbury (Northern Ireland), Katarina Zdjelar (Serbia), Nástio Mosquito/Bofa da Cara (Angola), Nira Pereg (Israel) and Rita Sobral Campos (Portugal). Hailing from and working in diverse regions, these artists possess a vision of the world that is marked by the intersecting of global processes with local dynamics, turning their context into the place of the other. This characteristic, which is based in identity, defines their attitude to social life, which is expressed through symbolically inclined poetic gestures that create political acts replete with critical content. This “poetic-political” aspect frames an experience of the real that is freed from the illusory and rooted in the factual, and in which action that is disinterested but committed to change replaces representation in the artistic practice.
Nástio Mosquito/Bofa da Cara tackles the relationship between Africans and European colonialists during the twentieth century, noting the stereotypes that embodied it. Daniel Jewesbury depicts New Lodge Road, an area of Belfast whose Catholic population espouses Republican ideals. Katarina Zdjelar focuses her gaze on a group of Italian citizens whose goal is to transform their community. Austin Shull and Chelsea Knight explore the emerging tension in structures of confinement, from prisons to hospitals. Carla Zaccagnini proposes a journey through the history of music that evokes Jan Johannson, a Swedish pianist. Cao Fei reveals, in an operatic tone, the wonders and false hopes of RMB City, a virtual city planned by her on Second Life. Nira Pereg documents the temporary closing off of Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish neighbourhoods in preparation for the Sabbath. Rita Sobral Campos fictionalises a dystopian society ruled by Mr Leader, a contentious figure who launches himself on a crusade against reason.
Other Perspectives – New Projects
Ana Vidigal, Rodrigo Oliveira, António Olaio, Xana
30.06.2011 - 31.12.2011
Curators: Helena Barranha and Rui Afonso Santos (Outros Olhares programme), Adelaide Ginga (New Projects)
The Outros Olhares project, which began in March 2010, aims to encourage an extended reflection on the collection of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado. At the same time, it aims to provide a wide-ranging view of Portuguese art from 1850 to the present.
In the first cycle of the programme, art historians, curators, art critics and artists were invited to select a work from the museum's collection that would represent a specific decade. The chosen pieces were displayed in rotation in the atrium on floor 1, an emblematic space within the building which also served as the setting for an informal debate with each guest in relation to the work being shown each month.
In 2011, within the scope of the commemorations for the centenary of MNAC – Museu do Chiado, four renowned artists on the Portuguese scene, none of whom are represented in the collection, were challenged to create previously unseen works based on a view of the museum “from the outside looking in”. This proposal also revisits the concept of the Interferências project, carried out in 1994, which challenged several artists to create new works, the theme of which would be the collection of the MNAC - Museu do Chiado. The works would subsequently come to be included in the museum’s collection.
Throughout the second half of 2011, the atrium on floor 1 will successively host specific projects by Ana Vidigal, Rodrigo Oliveira, António Olaio and Xana. New works, accompanied by a short text by the artists, which show us new perspectives from which to relate to the museum and its collection, and propel in other directions the reflection that has been encouraged and that is to be continued in the dialogue with the public.
Image: Carla Zaccagnini
E Pur Si Muove, 2007
Video, NTSC, 4:3, color, stereo sound, 19'
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