Julião Sarmento, Faces, 1976
Julião Sarmento, Faces, 1976


entry: General Conditions

Julião Sarmento

Works from the Seventies

Curatorship: Pedro Lapa
During the course of the 1970s, the work produced by Julião Sarmento on the Portuguese art scene was groundbreaking and established a dialogue with the key issues, which punctuated the art practices of the epoch. At a time of profound alterations and reconsiderations of the status of the art object, Julião Sarmento was sensitive to such a mutation, inscribing a unique approach which brought to the fore the role of desire in the formation of the subjectivity of the subject. The extent of his production is unique and, alone, responsible for one of the most profound changes undergone by the Portuguese art scene during the 201century. lt was therefore urgent to undertake a revision of his work through a com­prehensive study. The research presented in this catalogue, which enabled this exhibition to be organised, is limited in ambit to the work produced in the decade referred to and has mainly focused on the work produced on pho­tography, text, film, installation and sound - the media which promoted the expansion of the field of art. The paintings produced in this period were not therefore considered, even if the work on that medium would be substantially developed in the following decades, as up until then had never happened. Some exhibitions, such as Flashback, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Palacio Velázquez and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão, 1999, or Julião Sarmento, Fundação de Serralves, 1992, showed how the course of his oeuvre owes greatly to the works produced in the time under analysis which constitute an object of continual re-elaboration.
Many photographic proofs of the works and films were lost in the fire at the Galeria de Arte Moderna de Belém, thus obliging the production of new ones for this show. The original films in Super 8 were transferred onto DVD so as to enable their continual presentation, required by the conditions of an exhibition. Both in the catalogue as well as in the exhibition itself, their presentation is not organised by genre, but rather tries to promote links with works on other mediums.The works are presented in this catalogue in chronological order, which naturally does not occur with the exhibition that elaborates nuclei clustered around issues related to the internai structure of the work itself considered as a whole. The bibliographic and exhibitive record of each piece that accompanies the respective index-plate is com­prehensive so as to locate and position the changes in the way they were received up until the present study. The show was organised as a synthesis, naturally conditioned by the spatial circumstances in which it takes place, favouring operative concepts and categories that structure the ensemble of displayed works.
I would like to thank the Board of the Instituto Português de Museus for the support granted to this project from the beginning. The Divisão de Documentação Fotográfica, and most especially José Pessoa, rendered cru­cial support in the recovery of some of these works. The Museu do Chiado team worked tirelessly and with their usual utmost competence to assemble this complex exhibition. Nuno Ferreira de Carvalho managed the many works that gave rise to this catalogue, with the attention and dedication to which we have become accustomed. Pedro Santos was responsible for the magnificent design, which has so often distinguished the quality of our catalogues. Cristina Guerra, Pedro Oliveira, Márcia Fontes, Nicolas Logsdail and Sean Kelly, all of them galleries that represent the artist, were enthusiastic supporters of this initiative, for which I thank them all. I would also like to acknowledge the important contribution of the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum through its director Jan Debbaut, who kindly made all of the artist 's film material available. Bartomeu Marí wrote an essay for the catalogue with the insight which we know him for, taking an approach which projects the oeuvre into the later developments of the art practices carried out by other younger artists, together with a viewpoint removed from the conditionings of Portuguese history of art.
A vast, precious and thorough work of documentation was entirely carried out by María Jesús Ávila with remarkable exemplariness. For certain, the history of this period will be better known after this work.
My greatest thanks go out to Julião Sarmento who patiently, with an enthusiasm, availability and a unique memory, turned the production of this show into the sharing of joy that artistic creation can mean.To him goes my profound acknowledgement.

Pedro Lapa
Director of The Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art

On Exhibition

IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival

Harri Pälviranta

The IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival is a remarkable event in the national and international photography scene. This year with the exhibitions “Battered”; “Choreography of Violence”; “News Portraits”
Solo show


Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Curatorship: Tau Tavengwa, Vyjayanthi Rao
We hold a major forum of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture that crosses geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
Colective Exhibition


The house and the domestic environment have been recurrent subjects in Mimi Tavares´ work
Solo show


Curatorship: Ana Matos
Temporary Exhibition

Painting rarefied the spirit

Curatorship: Hilda Frias
After an artistic residency at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, what you see here is the fruit of persistent work and research by Nelson Ferreira.
Solo show

Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, MNAC e Elikya Kandot, Directora do museu de Boulogne-sur-mer
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
Other places

Since 1911

An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
111 years

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira, Cristina Azevedo Tavares e Raquel Henriques da Silva
MNAC exhibits the collection of Maria Eugénia and Francisco Garcia
Temporary Exhibition