Orto di Incendio
27 artists after Al Berto
From November 22nd 2019 to February 2nd 2020, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) and the MArt Printmaking Studio present Orto di Incendio, curated by Ana Natividade, André Almeida e Sousa and Paulo Brighenti, a printmaking exhibition bringing together 27 artists and several dozen works around the book Horto de Incêndio by the poet Al Berto, recently translated into Italian by Federico Bertolazzi, researcher, translator and Professor of Portuguese literature at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, as well as project mentor and coordinator alongside Ana Natividade.
Artists and works
The artists were invited to work freely from Al Berto's poetry at the MArt Printmaking Studio to create a body of work consisting of a series of ten artworks, either in multiple prints or not. Fidelity to a matrix, the way it is perceived and the similarity, dissimilarity or variation in the prints amongst themselves was in each case a personal choice, assumed as a creative premise or as a result of the work process itself.
Some of these artist’s practices do not include engraving or printing, while others include them regularly in their work. This project aimed to openly welcome this diversity by providing the encounter between the different authorial paths and the work of Al Berto, using printmaking as a tool as well as a way of thinking.
Alexandre Conefrey; Ana João Romana; Ana Natividade; André Almeida e Sousa; Carlos Corais; Carlos Nogueira; Constança Arouca; Francisca Carvalho; Frederico Pratas; Gonçalo Beja da Costa; Inês Soares; João Cochofel; João Decq; João Jacinto; João Queiroz; Luís Almeida; Luis Manuel Gaspar; Luís Silveirinha; Maria Joana Santos; Mariana Dias Coutinho; Marta Amaral; Musa paradisiaca; Paulo Brighenti; Pedro Sousa Vieira; Run Jiang; Susana Amaral and Tomás Cunha Ferreira were invited to participate, enabling this exhibition to present a great visual and technical diversity.
Shown in Rome at the Museum of the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica between February 14th and April 14th 2019, the initial core of work will now see itself expanded at MNAC by including other pieces that broaden the perspective of the work produced at the printmaking studio after Al Berto's poetry.
From the 26 series of works, 10 collections were produced and now edited by MArt Printmaking Studio.
A trilingual catalog in Portuguese, Italian and English, published by Sistema Solar, shall inform the exhibition, bringing its two moments - in Rome and Lisbon - together in the same volume.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MNAC)
Opening: 21st November 2019 at 7 pm.
Place: MNAC, entrance through Rua Capelo, 13.
Duration: November 22nd 2019 to February 2nd 2020.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
MArt – espaço de projeto, aprendizagem e experimentação artística
Cattedra Agustina Bessa-Luís – Dipartimento di studi letterari, filosofici e di storia dell’arte – Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
Istituto Centrale per la Grafica
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea
Fundação Millennium bcp
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Embaixada de Portugal em Itália
Aispeb – Associazione Italiana Studi Portoghesi e Brasiliani
Assírio & Alvim
Ponto das Artes