Limiar da Vida. Coleção Norlinda e José Lima [The Edge of Life. Norlinda and José Lima Collection]
16 september 2017 — 1 april 2018
Curator: Pedro Lapa

“This exhibition gathers works from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection, looking at art as a diversity of modes of relation to life. These are grouped according to six themes, from the most simple and fragmented perceptions of the body to the construction of forms and enigmas about the world we inhabit. Because the exhibition develops circularly and can be experienced from both directions, these themes do not follow a progressive order. If life stands before any artistic forms, the limit to which they tend does not lie in a specific quality, a particular meaning or a general synthesis of the former. The ultimate limit is the matter of life as potency for any representation. All the artistic forms gathered here are conjectures and attempts to configure that very matter, which emerges before any configuration and which we call life, whose entirety is not attainable by any work. The confrontation with the impossibility of knowing life absolutely is perhaps where the artistic experience sheds some light on our mode of dwelling, so that life is not the prime cause of art but its edge.” [Pedro Lapa] [Pedro Lapa]

Artistas: A. R. Penck, Albuquerque Mendes, Alice Jorge, Álvaro Lapa, Andy Warhol,Ângelo de Sousa, Anish Kapoor, António Sena, Artur Barrio, Augusto Alves da Silva, Carla Filipe, Carlos Correia, Damien Hirst, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Eduardo Arroyo, Eduardo Batarda, Eduardo Nery, Fernando Lanhas, Filipa César, Franz West, Gaetan, Gonçalo Mabunda, Helena Almeida, Henri Michaux, João Tabarra, Joaquim Rodrigo, Júlia Ventura, Julião Sarmento, Leon Golub, Lourdes Castro, Martin Kippenberger, Matta, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Miguel Palma, Musa Paradisiaca, Nadir Afonso, Nikias Skapinakis, Pedro Portugal, Pedro Proença, René Bertholo, Rigo 23, Rui Serra, Rui Toscano, Ruth Rosengarten, Sol Lewitt, Tatjana Doll e Torres Garcia.

Pedro Lapa is assistant professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, where he completed a PhD in Art History. He was art director of the Museu Coleção Berardo between 2011 and 2017 and director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Chiado Museum between 1998 and 2009. He was also curator at the Ellipse Foundation and guest lecturer at the School of Arts, Catholic University of Lisbon. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of modern and contemporary art and has curated numerous exhibitions across the world; he was the co-author of the first catalogue raisonné dedicated to the oeuvre of Joaquim Rodrigo in Portugal. He was the recipient of the Grémio Literário Grand Prix 2008 and received the Chevalier de l`Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand in 2010.

Exhibition view © Dinis Santos

Side activities

24 February 2018
Visit to the exhibition by the curator Pedro Lapa.

Exhibition catalog
170 x 240 mm
120 pp
Bilingual POR/ENG
Design: António Loureiro, Patrice Almeida e Outside the Box
Legal deposit: 436303/18

€ 16.00


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