Contra a abstracção. Obras da Coleção da Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest [Against abstraction. Works in the Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest Collection]
15 march — 2 june 2019
Curator: Sandra Vieira Jürgens

Organized with artworks from the Caixa Geral de Depósitos Collection, the exhibition Contra a Abstração examines one the main concepts in art history: abstraction. Focusing on its multiple (often contradictory) models, it features seminal references from European geometric abstractionism as well as the works of artists that fostered the fusion of different aesthetics and cultures demonstrating that abstraction has always been a space for sharing in different contexts and periods. Contra a Abstração seeks to represent the reality of artistic expressions of Modernism, highlighting the interest in identitary manifestations of popular culture, as well as in the ludic, functional, collective and communal characteristics of art.

Artists: Álvaro Lapa, Ana Hatherly, Ana Jotta, Ana Maria Tavares, Ana Miranda Rodrigues, ngela Ferreira, ngelo de Sousa, António Ole, António Palolo, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Bruno Pacheco, Cruzeiro Seixas, Dick Arentz, Domingos Pinho, Edgard de Souza, Eduardo Batarda, Ernesto de Sousa, Espiga Pinto, Fernanda Fragateiro, Fernando Calhau, Francisco Rocha, Gerardo Burmester, Godfrey Frankel, Isabel Pons, Jac Leirner, Joana Rêgo, João Paulo Feliciano, Joaquim Bravo, Joaquim Rodrigo, Jorge Pinheiro, José Loureiro, José M. Rodrigues, José Pedro Croft, Júlia Ventura, Kees Scherer, Leonel Moura, Luís Demée, Manuela Almeida, Margarida Reis, Miguel Soares, Nadir Afonso, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pedro Casqueiro, Pedro Portugal, Peter Fink, Pires Vieira, Rui Sanches.

Sandra Vieira Jürgens is the coordinating guest lecturer of the Post-Graduation in Art Curatorship at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is the editor of the online magazine Wrong Wrong and the digital platform raum: online art residencies, two projects by Terceiro Direito – Associação Cultural. She conceived, published and edited the magazine Artecapital, since its launching in 2006 until 2013. She was the editor of Número Magazine (2001) and magazine Artes & Leilões (2007-2010). Jürgens was an art critic for the magazines Arte y Parte (2001-2007), Pangloss (2004) andL+Arte (2005-2007), and is a permanent collaborator of Arq|a – Arquitectura e Arte. She coordinated the national and international communications of the Portuguese representations to the Vernice Biennale and the São Paulo Biennial. She is a member of the Portuguese section of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) since 2006.

Production: Culturgest – Caixa Geral de Depósitos Foundation

Exhibition view © Maria Manuel

Side activities

01 June 2019
Visit to the exhibition by the curator Sandra Vieira Jürgens

24 and 28 March and 28 April 2019
Labirinto Propício #4 a aventura do incerto
I borrowed the title from Henri Michaux, from whom we are going to read a text about drawing that is also about writing while watching a drawing by Ana Hatherly, from whom we are going to read a poem that is also a drawing while watching a painting by Álvaro Lapa, by whom we are going read a text while looking at a drawing by Henri Michaux.

Exhibition catalog

165 x 230 mm
Design: Sofia Gonçalves
Legal deposit: 442242/18
€ 12.00


Catalog available at Centro de Arte Oliva or catalog available at the oliva art center or by order via e-mail Shipping costs are added to the above price.

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