SONAE Room

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2019-04-12
2019-06-09
Curatorship: Adelaide Ginga

There are things that grab our attention despite no one else seeing them, imprinting themselves on our retinas and lingering in our memory, becoming engraved on our unconscious, awakening desire. This is what happened to Márcio Vilela seven years ago, when he looked up to the heavens and suddenly glimpsed a bright spot moving slowly along its path, tracing a line against the deep black of the sky, only to disappear just as quickly about a minute later. His realisation that this was no simple star sparked an interest in artificial satellites.

The concept of a simple physical line gave body to the artistic project Satellites, initiated in 2012. Part of the result is now presented in this exhibition, organised into three groups. The first group brings together a set of pieces that introduce and provide a context for the project, with the highlight on the primordial drawing Origin, from 2012, which features a simple white line on a small black piece of paper. The artist produced this drawing in response to the question: “Might it be possible to use satellites orbiting Earth as a tool for drawing, through the medium of photography?“

The second set consists of a series of photographs taken by Márcio Vilela of various satellites in orbit. The striking magnification performed by the artist results in anamorphic images in which the inevitable abstraction does not preclude us from making out three-dimensional objects more than 2,000 km from Earth. At the same time, a video is shown in a static shot, with the drawing of a green line towards the Polar Star, the only fixed star in the celestial sky.

The third and final part invites viewers to immerse in the space.  Having accepted the challenge, the spectator ends up being ‘transported’ into the part of space travelled over the course of the project. This space has a poetic dimension to it, thanks to the sublimation of a minimal aesthetic, which values the subtle details. By exploring the dichotomy between representation and abstraction, and between what is virtual and what is real, Márcio Vilela forges an artistic path that fosters dialogue between art and technology, making the satellite a point of connection and converting it into a tool at the service of drawing, one of mankind’s most ancient and primordial means of communication.

Adelaide Ginga





Activities

    2019-04-11

    19h00
    20h30
    Opening
All Activities 1

On Exhibition

Music in the MNAC's Garden

2022-08-05
2022-08-26
Summer Nights - Music Concerts
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short film ‘Azul no Azul’ (Blue in Blue)

2022-07-28
2022-09-15
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

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

Exhibition

COTA 1.20 at MNAC's PeP Gallery

2022-07-21
2022-09-04
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

2022-07-02
2022-12-15
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

2022-05-25
2022-08-21
There’s a shite stunk in the air… Dad’s oot oan bail!
Solo show

THE OTHER LIFE OF ANIMALS

2022-05-05
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'.

2022-04-14
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)

2022-02-16
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