Historia tragico maritima, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, 1944, copyright Gulbenkian Foundation


The Foundation Shneider’s collection travels to Lisbon until the 12th of september 2018.

Composed largely with the winning works of the “Talents contemporains” competition, the Foundation’s collection – with its unique theme of water – enters into dialogue with modern and contemporary Portuguese art under the direction of the curator Paulo Pires Do Vale. Organised jointly with the Museu do Dinheiro, the exhibition is divided into several chapters, in two emblematic places of the city: the Baroque building of the Bank of Portugal and the old 18th century rope factory Torreão Nascente de la Cordoaria Nacional.

Leaving us embarked with the emblematic work of Helena Vieira da Silva (Historia tragico maritima, 1944) and the sculptural work of Alberto Carneiro (Metaphora da Agua, 1993), the exhibition opens with the metaphor of the journey – initiatory – and the different representations of water through the centuries. Francesco Tropa and Hélène Mugot each reinterpret Danaé. With Angelo Sousa or Antoine Gonon, water models the world and shapes territories. We find questions of plasticity in the works of Carlos Nogueira or Laurent Faulon, the metaphors of time in Fernando Calhau or Gustavo Millon. The perpetual movement and adaptability of the liquid element are at the heart of many artists’ reflections. From the infinitely small as Benoît Pype’s sculptures to the gigantic video installations narrating the difficulty of Mehdi Meddaci’s exile, interpretations of water are wide.

The works of 20 artists in the collection resonate with those of 15 Portuguese artists. Books, poems, films, artefacts and philosophical references also punctuate the route. A re-reading of mythologies, the place of water in human history allows a new look at the foundation’s collection.

The artists in the collection on display: Akmar, Patrick Bailly-Maitre-Grand, Benoît Billote, Yves Chaudouët, Gigi Cifali, Gaelle Callac, Julie Chaffort, Laurence Demaison, Laurent Faulon, Antoine Gonin, Elizaveta Konovalova, Mathilde Lavenne, Mehdi Meddaci, Gustavo Millon, Helene Mugot, Benoît Pype, Rashia Sawyer, Alex Seton, Zhang Kechun.

The Portuguese artists presented: Vasco Araújo, Leitão de Barros, Alberto Carneiro, Fernando Calhau, Alexandre Estrela, Giacometti, Canto da Maya, Sophia de Mello Breyner, João César Monteiro, Carlos Nogueira, Manuel Rosa, Rui Sanches, Francisco Tropa, João Pedro Vale, Vieira da Silva.

In partnership with works from the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Serralves Foundation.


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