R2/ Fabrico Suspenso: Itinerários de trabalho [R2/Suspended production: work trajectories]
9 november 2019 — 27 september 2020
Curator: Paula Pinto e Joaquim Moreno

The first exhibition in Portugal dedicated to the independent production of R2: Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo. Curated by Paula Pinto and Joaquim Moreno, the exhibition is organized in five ‘laboratories’: Archive, Landscape, Transmission, Matter and Production. These five spaces host experimentation processes as well as artistic, graphic and visual trajectories that have been developed in recent years and reveal a work that intersects with other disciples including sculpture, installation and architecture. The show features works conceived for international exhibitions such as Tempo [Time], a series of typographic sculptures for the exhibition Imaginary Menagerie (London, 2011) Futuro [Future]a typographic installation for the 4th Typojanchi – International Typography Biennale (Seoul, 2015); Avant-Après [Before -After], a typographic installation for a solo exhibition in the context of Une Saison Graphique (2018, Le Havre) —, as well as other works produced specifically for this exhibition at Oliva and a selection from the designers’ personal archive.

Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo have been co-authoring graphic projects under the brand R2 since 1995. Their studio in Porto specializes in graphic identity, editorial and environmental design for cultural institutions, museums and other national and international clients. Experimentation, research and constant dialogue are crucial processes in the graphic approach of R2, whose work occasionally extends to curatorship, publishing and artistic projects. Among other awards, they have received the Brno Biennale Grand Prix (Czech Republic), several awards by the International Society of Typographic Designers (UK), distinctions by the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (USA) and the Golden Prize of the International Poster Triennial, Toyama (Japan). Their projects are featured in museum collections, including the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (Paris, Francce), Heritage Museum (Hong Kong, China) and Museum für Gestaltung (Zurich).

The exhibition Fabrico Suspenso will be available for presentation in other institutions. For more information, please contact us.


Paula Parente Pinto (Porto, 1971) holds a BA in Visual Arts: Sculpture by the Porto Faculty of Fine Arts (1998); a MA in Architecture and Urban Culture, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, 2004); a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, (NY, USA 2016). She has developed historical research and worked as an independent curator in numerous exhibitions, including Grupo Puzzle: Pintura colectiva = pintura individual at Centro de Artes e Espetáculos (Figueira da Foz, Portugal, 2011); Ângelo de Sousa: Ainda as esculturas at Galeria do Teatro Municipal da Guarda (Guarda, Portugal, 2012); Guido Guidi/ Carlo Scarpa: Tomba Brion at Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 2014-15); Nunca fiz uma exposição de desenhos with original works by Albuquerque Mendes at Centro para os Assuntos da Arquitetura e das Artes (Guimarães, Portugal, 2015-16); Stefano Serafin: arte em estado de guerra, Centro Internacional de Arte José de Guimarães (Guimarães, 2017); and, more recently, Guido Guidi: Caçador de Sombras at Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica (Porto, 2019).

Joaquim Moreno (Luanda, 1973) holds a BA in Architecture by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (1998); a MA (pre-Bologna) in Architecture and Urban Culture, Barcelona Technical School, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2001); a PhD in Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Princeton (2011). He is an independent curator since 2002; his works include the exhibition Desenho Projecto de Desenho (2002), co-curated with Alberto Carneiro, dedicated to 20th century architectural drawing in Portugal; the Portuguese representation to the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale (together with philosopher José Gil); the exhibition Guido Guidi/ Carlo Scarpa: Tomba Brion at Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 2014-15), together with Paula Pinto; and, more recently, the exhibition The University is Now on Air, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), dedicated to modern architecture education via radio and television as offered by the English Open University in the 1970s.

Exhibition views © Dinis Santos

Visit to the exhibition [Página 2, RTP]

Parallel activities,
5 January 2020 | 4:00 pm,
guided visit by Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo to the exhibition R2/Suspended Fabrication: Work Itineraries


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