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    In 2020, the “Art Arrived at Colombo” program celebrated its 10 years of existence and, thinking about the future, the “Art Arrived at Colombo” award was launched to support artists at the beginning of their careers.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic that the world is going through, the organization wanted to start a new cycle and create a project that would support the artistic sector in Portugal. Launching an Art Award would give a new impetus to the creation of contemporary art and a positive signal to society at a time of great economic uncertainty. The “Art Arrived at Colombo” award is an acquisition award, promoted by Centro Colombo and co-organized by State of the Art. The main challenge of the 2020 edition was to encourage participating artists to create a work of art under the theme “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic”.


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    The 1st edition of the Art Arrived at Colombo” award, received 315 applications. After approval of the application and subsequent technical evaluation, carried out by the organization, the Jury, composed of representatives of the Arpad Szenes Foundation – Vieira da Silva, the D. Luís I Foundation, the Berardo Collection Museum, the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum National Contemporary Art and by a representative of Sonae Sierra, selected 10 works of art, which would later on be exhibited at the Berardo Collection Museum.

    The winner of this first edition was Atelier Contencioso, with the art installation ‘Sopro’, having received a cash prize of €20,000.

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    Photo © Rita Carmo / Museu Coleção Berardo


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    “MUSEUM OF THE MOON” (2019)

    “MUSEUM OF THE MOON” (2019)

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    Within the scope of the National Science Summit 2019, State of the Art presented the “Museum of the Moon” by British artist Luke Jerram at the Palace of the Marquis of Pombal (Oeiras), together with the City hall of Oeiras and the British Embassy.

    For the first time in Portugal, the moon measures seven metres in diameter, featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

    The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

    Throughout the event open to the public, the “Museum of the Moon” was accompanied by a diversified program, featuring scientific readings, talks by FameLab, as well as intimate concerts and a tribute to the band The Beatles.

    For the opening day, State of the Art invited the “Orquestra Clássica do Centro” to present “Serenades with the Moon Nearby” – a magical moment for all those who had the opportunity to attend.

    Since its first presentation in 2017, the “Museum of the Moon” has already been exhibited in more than 20 countries. At one presentation in the UK, a little girl asked the artist, “Will you put the moon back afterwards?”

    Photography © Carlos Santos

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    “DREAM WAVES” (2019)

    “DREAM WAVES” (2019)



    At the invitation of State of the Art, artist Patrick Shearn once again challenged the senses and provided an unprecedented kinetic art experience for visitors of Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet. Inspired by Portugal’s rich ongoing and historical connection to the sea, the artwork is the second site specific installation Shearn has developed for Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet.

    Patrick Shearn is world renowned for his striking, larger-than-life, moving sculptures, called Skynets. “Dream Waves” is the latest kinetic art installation of this series, designed to evoke the movements of nature, such as the cresting waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

    “Dream Waves” is comprised of approximately 3100 linear meters of rope, over 500 hand-tied technical knots and approximately 50,000 ripstop nylon streamers arranged in an elegant gradient pattern that simulates waves crashing and flowing. Harnessing available wind, the artwork undulates in a gorgeous, immersive display that gives viewers the sense that they are deep under water looking towards the shimmering surface of the sea.

    Photography and video © Gui Morelli

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    “SCHOOL OF BREEZE” (2018)

    “SCHOOL OF BREEZE” (2018)


    State of the Art challenged internationally recognized artist Patrick Shearn to take inspiration from Portugal’s history and create a kinetic art installation for Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet.

    Shearn is world renowned for his striking, larger-than-life, moving sculptures, called Skynets. Being the first kinetic art installation of this series on the Iberian Peninsula – “School of Breeze” – was designed to evoke the movements of nature, such as the fish shoals of the Atlantic Ocean.


    Spanning 171 meters in length and suspended from 3.5 meters to 15 meters high, the Skynet transforms into a unique ballet of kaleidoscopic reflections, offering a unique sensory experience to those who visit the center. The Skynet is comprised of approximately 3100 linear meters of rope and 50,000 holographic Mylar streamers, which refract a stunning full spectrum of color.


    As the largest of the artist’s series of kinetic sculptures to be exhibited in Europe, the artwork provided an unprecedented experience of originality and contemporary art innovation to visitors.

    Photography and video © Francisco Nogueira

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    REPSOL, ART ON A17 (2011)

    REPSOL, ART ON A17 (2011)

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    State of the Art was responsible for the public art installation in 4 new service stations of Repsol, a project that aimed to promote the work of emerging artists in public spaces.
    The works were placed in the service stations of Monte Redondo and Figueira da Foz, in both directions.

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    State of the Art identified and selected the artists and managed the entire project, including overseeing the design, manufacture and installation of the works.
    The pieces were designed by emerging Ana Sério, Domingos Loureiro, Pedro Pires and Raquel Gomes.

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    Next Stop Culture (2009)

    Next Stop Culture (2009)



    State of the Art designed and produced an initiative that promoted young Portuguese artists on metro tickets in Lisbon and Oporto.

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    During one year, thousands of passengers who use the Metro lines on a daily basis came into contact with art from 20 Portuguese selected artists.
    The launch of the project was presented by Ana Paula Vitorino, former Secretary of State for Transport.

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