PIRÂMIDE I, 2015
PIRÂMIDE I, 2015

1 and 2 Floor

entry: General Conditions

RUI TOSCANO. Type I, II and III Civilizations

2015-11-21
2016-02-14
Curatorship: Nuno Faria

THE EYE AS REPRESENTATION AND REVERBERATION OF THE UNIVERSE

In the exhibition, Type I, II and III Civilisations, Rui Toscano (RT) continues, deepens and, to a certain extent, expands his research into the universe of space exploration, that he previously addressed in isolated works and to which he has dedicated several recent exhibitions, including "La Grande Avventura dello Spazio" in the Galeria Cristina Guerra in 2013, and "Journey Beyond the Stars", in the Travessa da Eremida in 2015.

This exhibition showcases a collection of recent or hitherto unseen works that exemplify the broad spectrum of media used by the artist - ranging from sound to light, including photography, painting, drawing and video. The exhibition also highlights the strategies that he has persistently explored over the past 20 years: a practice of appropriation and reuse of pictures, collage and / or assembly of elements that are linked thematically or conceptually; the evocation of scholarly or visionary science fiction cinema, including two classic works, to which he repeatedly returns: Ridley Scott’s "Blade Runner" and Stanley Kubrick’s "2001 - A Space Odyssey"; the central role of perception in the construction of each work, based on the standardization of chance; thematic exploration of the invisible and atmospheric; the approach towards immeasurable scale - the cosmos - and microscopic scale - a speck of dust that flutters in the air.

Perhaps the greatest transformation that has occurred in Rui Toscano’s oeuvre, as highlighted in this exhibition (and suggested, moreover, by the exhibition's title, which is a reference to the Kardashev scale, via which the famous Russian astrophysicist established a quantification of the level of technological advance based on the amount of energy that each civilization can use), is the cosmic alignment of the imaginary universes of historical or fictionally projected civilizations, that are distant in time and space - the Ancient Egyptians, the pre-Columbian peoples, the space adventure of the 1950s and 1960s, and the post-apocalyptic and dystopian world of “Blade Runner” (1982) that envisaged a hopeless future, set in 2019, which, symptomatically, is now very close at hand.

Nuno Faria 

Curator

   

 



Activities

    2015-11-20 21h30
    Opening Rui Toscano. Civilizações de Tipo I, II e III
    2016-02-12

    17h00
    17h45
    Guided tour
All Activities 2

On Exhibition

IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival

Harri Pälviranta

2022-10-07
2023-01-08
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

Multiplicity

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

2022-10-02
2023-01-08
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

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2022-09-23
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Curatorship: RUI AFONSO SANTOS
The house and the domestic environment have been recurrent subjects in Mimi Tavares´ work
Solo show

WHY?

2022-09-23
2023-01-08
Curatorship: Ana Matos
WHY? CONTEMPORARY ART IN DIALOGUE WITH THE THOUGHT OF JOSÉ SARAMAGO
Temporary Exhibition

Painting rarefied the spirit

2022-07-28
2022-10-30
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

2022-07-02
2022-12-15
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

2022-05-26
2024-04-01
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
111 years

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

2021-11-18
2022-12-31
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