Exhibition. Pessoa. All Art Is a Form of Literature

José de Almada Negreiros, Retrato de Fernando Pessoa, 1964. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - Coleção Moderna. © Almada Negreiros, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

José de Almada Negreiros, Retrato de Fernando Pessoa, 1964. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - Coleção Moderna. © Almada Negreiros, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

The exhibition Pessoa. All Art Is a Form of Literature takes its title from a quote by Álvaro de Campos, one of the most avant-garde heteronyms created by Fernando Pessoa (Lisbon, 1888–1935). The prolific output of texts across one hundred plus heteronyms saw Pessoa forge his own avant-garde to become a peerless writer on the crisis of the modern subject and its convictions, transposing his work into a many-sided otherness akin to his own existential disorientation.      

Paulism, Intersectionism, Sensacionism are just some of the terms coined by the poet in his scores of texts, and underpin the idiosyncrasies of Portuguese modernity. This exhibition, therefore, draws on these isms to put in place a visual account of the Portuguese scene, bringing together a selection of works by figures such as José de Almada Negreiros, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Eduardo Viana, Sarah Affonso and Júlio, among others.

Dates: From February 7 to May 7, 2018
Location: Sabatini Building. Floor 1
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía with Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Curated by: Ana Ara and João Fernandes

 

Seminar. Pessoa: A Brief History of Modern Art

Eduardo Viana. A revolta das bonecas (La revuelta de las muñecas), 1916. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

Eduardo Viana. A revolta das bonecas (La revuelta de las muñecas), 1916. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

This programme, conceived as a series of encounters, accompanying and serving as a counterpoint to Pessoa: All Art Is a Form of Literature, is split into three sessions to examine the major Pessoan contributions, and their possible interpretations, to the present and to an alternative history of modern art. The first session, entitled Different Isms. Pessoa and the Avant-Garde, centres on the poet’s ambivalence towards the prevailing art movements of the time. The second session, Be Plural Like the Universe. Pessoa and Heteronyms, spotlights the practice of heteronyms ­— which number over one hundred — in the writer’s work. The final session, A Book Like the World, touches on the modern idea of art as the creation of a radically new and diverse experience.

Dates: 7 February, 7 March and another date to be announced, 2018
Location and hour: Sabatini Building, Auditorium at 7.00 p.m.
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Participants: Ana Ara, Fernando Cabral Martins, António Feijó, João Fernandes, Antonio Sáez Delgado, Marta Soares
Price: free admission, until full capacity is reached

 

L’Internationale: Dialogues

A still from L’Internationale Dialogues. The Questions

A still from L’Internationale Dialogues. The Questions

Over the past five years, the European museum confederation L'Internationale has focused its work on the instability surrounding the current geopolitical and ecological structuring of the contemporary world, setting out to activate the value of culture and international collaboration as potential means of resistance.

The collaboration between institutions has given rise to Dialogues, in which L’Internationale presents a series of debates with pre-eminent thinkers, artists, activists and cultural figures such as Refik Anadol, Manuel Borja-Villel, Didier Eribon, Marina Garcés, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui and Françoise Vergès, among others, to address problems which are key to understanding the present.

All information related to the programme of debates, participants and sites can be found at this link.

L'Internationale is made up of the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Museum Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerp), Moderna galerija (Ljubljana), SALT (Istanbul and Ankara), Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona) and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid).

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