NIKOLAI NEKH Calcanhar de Aquiles, 2018
NIKOLAI NEKH Calcanhar de Aquiles, 2018

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NIKOLAI NEKH. Achilles' Heel, 2018

2018-06-22
2018-09-09
Curatorship: Sandra Vieira Jürgens

NIKOLAI NEKH

Achilles' Heel

Taking an extended view of time as a starting point, Nikolai Nekh, in Achilles' Heel, embarks on a journey narrated by a ghostly figure who visits different civilizational, social, political, economic and ideological contexts to weave together a speculative analysis of the inter-relations between the industries and technologies of raw materials and energy sources and the representation of movement. 

In the video, the artist invokes classical history, the collapse of Greek city-states, philosophical references (such as Plato's Cave) and architectural monuments such as the Parthenon and the Taj Mahal, as well as the emergence of ancient and modern imperial powers, colonialism, the invention of the steam engine and oil exploration in Siberia. In this evocative setting, Achilles and his proverbial heel take on a decidedly symbolic importance that transposes the vulnerability and fragility of the Greek hero onto a historical narrative of technological and industrial progress.

Distancing itself from both an optimistic vision and a fatalistic view of human action, Achilles' Heel is a reflection on the relationship between man and nature, the consequences of technological possibilities on social equilibria, and the importance and meaning of economic and ecological sustainability in the evolution of humanity today. It is also a work that interpellates the viewer, inviting them to re-interpret myth and reflect on the materials of both history and the image.

Sandra Vieira Jürgens

 






Activities

    2018-06-21
    2018-09-09

    19h00
    Nikolai Nekh. Achilles' Heel
All Activities 1

On Exhibition

Music in the MNAC's Garden

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Summer Nights - Music Concerts
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short film ‘Azul no Azul’ (Blue in Blue)

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Curatorship: Nelson Ferreira
short experimental film ‘Azul no Azul’ (Blue in Blue) is a cinematic journey inside the sculpture garden of MNAC - The National Museum of Contemporary Art
Video

Painting rarefied the spirit

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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

Exhibition

COTA 1.20 at MNAC's PeP Gallery

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Curatorship: Sílvia Berény e Rita Brandão
WALKING BY A GROUP OF CHILDREN FROM THE OSMOPE SCHOOL ON RUA MOUZINHO DA SILVEIRA IN PORTO
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Veloso Salgado

from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter

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Curatorship: Maria de Aires Silveira
Exhibition Veloso Salgado from Lisbon to Wissant. Itinerary of a Portuguese painter - integrated in the Portugal-France Season (Crusade)
Temporary Exhibition

111 years

2022-05-26
2024-04-01
An intervention that celebrates 110 years of the MNAC.
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‘There’s a shite stunk in the air… Dad’s oot oan bail! by Edgar Martins

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There’s a shite stunk in the air… Dad’s oot oan bail!
Solo show

THE OTHER LIFE OF ANIMALS

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2022-08-28
Curatorship: Emília Ferreira
This exhibition of real and fantastic animals features works of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and media art, having been designed for a younger audience, but where all ages are welcome.
Temporary Exhibition

'I don't know if I can wish you a happy year'.

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2022-08-28
Curatorship: Adelaide Duarte
'I don't know if I can wish you a happy year'. Works from the Mário Teixeira da Silva collection curated by Adelaide Duarte
Temporary Exhibition

Populated landscapes

Narratives from the MNAC collection (1850-1930)

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2022-08-28
Curatorship: Maria Aires Silveira
The aesthetics of the landscape, in dialogue with the presence and human intervention in nature.
Temporary Exhibition

Maria Eugénia & Francisco Garcia

A Colection

2021-11-18
2022-09-18
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