“100 YEARS NADIR AFONSO” EXHIBITION
18/11/21

“100 YEARS NADIR AFONSO” EXHIBITION

“100 YEARS NADIR AFONSO” EXHIBITION

The 11th edition of the public art program “Art Arrived at Colombo”, created and produced by State of the Art for Centro Colombo, was marked by the exhibition “100 Years Nadir Afonso”, a retrospective of the work of Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), one of the most recognized Portuguese artists. Curated by Laura Afonso, President of the Nadir Afonso Foundation and the artist’s widow, the exhibition featured works dated between 1947 and 2010.

In an ambitious installation, which occupied almost the entirety of Colombo’s event square, visitors were able to admire 43 original works by the artist, including 14 gouaches exhibited for the very first time, in a temporary museum created exclusively to celebrate the centenary of Nadir Afonso.

The exhibition followed the path of Nadir Afonso’s pioneering work of painting and architecture, featuring paintings and gouaches from the various phases of the artist, divided into chronological order, as is the case of “Geometric Composition” (1947), “Serpent” (1953-2004), “Cathedrals” (1960), “Rossio” (1968), “Damascus” (1996), “Doges” (2006) and “The Uncertain City” (2010).

There was also a space exclusively dedicated to the artist’s architectural sketches, as well as the 3D model of the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum, in Chaves, designed by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.

 

 

The exhibition “100 Anos Nadir Afonso” also had a multimedia experience showing the movement of his art and transporting visitors on a unique journey. In a truly immersive and interactive artistic experience, five works by the artist were interpreted and animated in 3D, using videomapping technologies in a play of light in harmony with the music and environment.

 

 

The temporary museum was designed by Diogo Aguiar Studio and was the largest exhibition structure ever created in the event square within the scope of the “Art Arrived at Colombo” initiative. Inspired by the series “Cities” by Nadir Afonso, the project was formalized as a geometric and abstract city, built by large cubes, which relate to the huge artistic works. If, during the day, the solar intensity gave body and volume to the city, illuminating streets and squares; at night, the buildings turned on their lights from the interior (backlit volumes), providing a totally different spatial experience in the same museum space.

Photos © Ivo Tavares Studio

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“HALF PYRAMID” BY CYRIL LANCELIN
18/11/21

“HALF PYRAMID” BY CYRIL LANCELIN

“HALF PYRAMID” BY CYRIL LANCELIN

 

The sculptures “Blue Pyramid” and “Silver Pyramid” created by artist Cyril Lancelin for Freeport Lisbon Fashion Outlet are part of the series of works “Half Pyramid” and are composed of hundreds of mirrored spheres, constituting the first art installation by the French artist in Portugal.

With the curation of State of the Art, Cyril Lancelin has developed this site specific work for Freeport Fashion Outlet Lisboa where the blue pyramid and the silver pyramid invite the public for an immersive experience based on reflections and illusions.

Between poetry and geometry, the spheres seem to escape from the ground, to rise like the water of a fountain towards the sunny sky of Lisbon.  It is a metallic geyser in which the visitor can come to lose himself in the reflections of the sky but also in his own image.

These artworks take us into a spray of light. The colour of the sculptures varies throughout the day, at night they take on the hue of Lisbon nights.

The sculpture is based on two primitive geometric shapes, the sphere and the pyramid. It brings together two forms with completely different angles. Spheres are the raw material, which is reflected and encompasses.

The pyramid organizes the work, including a progression from the outside to the centre.  This sculpture is also based on the concept of “half”, because it is an immersion in a volume, made of halves, solids and voids.

It is also an installation, where the public becomes an actor, he is part of the work.

By its reflections, the illusion invades the Artwork, the image of each visitor is found on dozens of spheres.  When the visitor enters the work, his body disappears in the sculpture, as one immerses himself in the ocean.

The artist explores the layout of simple shapes in immersive installations.  He sends us into an imaginary habitat inhabited by geometric shapes that are usual but assembled in such a way as to make us lose our bearings. The work is an appeal to explore in a space of rehearsals and enchantments.

The artist invites us on a journey of emotions and rebirth.

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Photos © Legacy Landmarks

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“MEMORIES OF THE SEA” BY CRISTINA RODRIGUES
18/11/21

“MEMORIES OF THE SEA” BY CRISTINA RODRIGUES

“MEMORIES OF THE SEA” BY CRISTINA RODRIGUES

 

“Memories of the Sea” is a contemporary work of art by artist Cristina Rodrigues, counting with the curation and executive production of State of the Art.

This set of art installations was created specifically for Vila do Conde Porto Fashion Outlet, with the aim of providing visitors with a differentiating experience and pay homage to the county and its maritime activities. The contemporary work of art has been on permanent display since April 22, 2021.

The contemporary work of art “Memories of the Sea” consists of three art installations: “Shipyard”, “Under the sea” and “Jellyfish”, with a total of 43 sculptures inspired by elements of popular culture such as the sea, the shipyards and fishing. Vila do Conde, a municipality that developed around the sea and maritime activities, was one of the most important Portuguese shipyards.

This local relationship with the sea is common to the extensive coastal area of Portugal and contributes to the fact that the sea is a recurring presence in the imagination of the Portuguese.

 

 

In the artworks, the LED lights symbolize the bioluminescence of certain marine life, the jellyfish and the fish represent the extraordinary species that inhabit the sea, and the boats exemplify humanity discovering the endless universe of one of its millennial muses – the sea.

The three contemporary art installations entitled “Shipyard”, “Under the Sea” and “Jellyfish” not only reflect a poetic vision of our strong relationship with the sea, but also the respect that Cristina Rodrigues has for the integrity of marine life.

 

One of Cristina Rodrigues’ most recognized images is the use of satin ribbons in the production of her paintings, sculptures and textile installations. The satin ribbons used by the artist are 100% polyester, produced entirely from recycled fibres.

In total, the three art installations are made up of over 100,000 metres of satin ribbons, produced entirely from recycled fibres, 500 metres of LED strips and approximately 676,000 stitches.

Photos © Gui Morelli

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ART ARRIVED AT COLOMBO AWARD
18/11/21

ART ARRIVED AT COLOMBO AWARD

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ART ARRIVED AT COLOMBO AWARD

 

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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MUNDUS IMAGINALIS BY ERROR-43 (2020)
17/09/20

MUNDUS IMAGINALIS BY ERROR-43 (2020)

10 years of  “Art arrived in Colombo”

The 10th edition of “Art arrived at Colombo” presents itself in an innovative format, adjusted to the reality caused by the pandemic and with a new mission to support emerging artists. In this new context, the traditional exhibition at “Centro Colombo” gave rise to a special program divided into two major moments, which celebrate the present and the future.

In celebration of the present, “Art Arrived at Colombo” presented the aerial art installation “Mundus Imaginalis” by Error-43. Thinking about the future, the Art Prize “A Arte Chegou ao Colombo” was launched, to support artists at the beginning of their careers.

Images © Gui Morelli

MUNDUS IMAGINALIS BY ERROR-43

 

“Mundus Imaginalis” was created in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the whole of humanity to unprecedented social distancing measures. The expressive work, which appeals to the senses and reflection, is assumed as a celebration of life in community, without involving physical contact between visitors.

The aerial art installation “Mundus Imaginalis” presented itself as a mirror ball celebrating the end of confinement, of the moments we live in the multiverse of our realities, divided between our homes, thoughts and dreams, unable to share in the physical presence of other humans. The artwork represented the place where these realities came together again.

Aerial art installation

The art installation consisted of a semi-sphere so light, that it was constantly deformed, a spectrum of shapes and light, always in motion, a floating being, accompanied by the relaxing sound that the material produced when moving. In order to control, in part, the fluidity of the air, fans were installed that operated according to a pre-defined program, counting with the vivid colours and conceptual patterns on the led screens of the dome and the particular refraction produced by the material to generate the most diverse effects on the main square of Centro Colombo.

Interactive work

Visitors could see their image reflected and confused with the environment and other visitors, creating an illusory effect, like a dream in motion, making it once again possible to celebrate life in community.

An inverted semi-spherical geometric shape, 29 meters in diameter, projected from 10 petals, in an analogy to the celebration of the 10 years of “Art Arrived at Colombo”.

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“Keith Haring. Between Art, Activism and Fashion” (2019)
31/08/20

“Keith Haring. Between Art, Activism and Fashion” (2019)

Keith haring. between art, activism and fashion

15 years after Keith Haring’s first exhibition in Portugal, State of the Art brought the work of the American artist and activist back, for a solo exhibition, called “Keith Haring. Between art, activism and fashion”. The exhibition, which took place at CascaiShopping between September 10 and November 10, 2019, featured 17 original works from Haring’s most creative phase. Considered one of the most emblematic figures of the New York art scene of the 1980s, the exhibition also included original fashion designs, inspired by Haring’s work, as well as a replica of the emblematic jacket worn by Madonna at Haring’s birthday party, at Paradise Garage, on May 16, 1984, where she sang “Dress you up”.

The inauguration was marked by a live body painting performance with model Sharam Diniz and illustrator Susana de Oliveira, in homage to the performance that Keith Haring performed with supermodel and singer Grace Jones in New York in 1987. The performance was accompanied by dancer Lukanu Mpasy, also covered in patterns inspired by the art of Keith Haring.

As part of a partnership with CP – Comboios de Portugal and Infraestruturas de Portugal, the exhibition took to the street and transformed the Cascias train station into an art gallery full of Haring’s iconic symbols, adapted by Susana de Oliveira. Apart from the train station, we invited street artist Akacorleone to transform a train carriage of the Cascais line with an original design inspired by the American artist.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Keith Haring Foundation in 2019, whose main objectives are the fight against HIV and AIDS, a series of awareness and prevention actions were developed in partnership with ACES Cascais, the Cascais Town Hall, CascaiShopping, the Cascais Hospital, ModaLisboa and SER + (Portuguese Association for the Prevention and Challenge of AIDS).

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Being fashion one of the themes of this exhibition, the ambassador and spokesperson invited by State of the Art was Dino Alves, one of the most renowned fashion designers in Portugal.

The architectural project for the temporary museum of the exhibition, carried out by Diogo Aguiar Studio was based on Haring’s artistic expression: line, color and symbols.

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“MUSEUM OF THE MOON” (2019)
20/09/19

“MUSEUM OF THE MOON” (2019)

Museum of the Moon

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)
13/08/19

“DREAM WAVES” (2019)

KINETIC ART BY PATRICK SHEARN

 

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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PHOTOGRAPHIC RECREATION (2019)
09/08/19

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECREATION (2019)

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RECRIAÇÃO FOTOGRÁFICA

Promoting an important dialogue with the works of Edgar Degas of the 19th century, a photography production was commissioned to recreate some of Degas drawings with Portuguese dancer Carlota Rodrigues and photographer Henrique Morais.

The result was presented in the exhibition “Edgar Degas. In the World of Ballet. With the special participation of Paula Rego and Helena de Medeiros”, at NorteShopping.

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Developed in partnership with the School of Dance of the National Conservatory, the photographs are an attempt to transport the portraits of the dancers to the 21st century, symbolizing and paying tribute to the artist’s unique vision he applied to his drawings, both in the most spontaneous gestures and in moments of greater rigor.

Photography © Henrique Morais

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“EDGAR DEGAS. IN THE WORLD OF BALLET” exhibition (2019)
09/08/19

“EDGAR DEGAS. IN THE WORLD OF BALLET” exhibition (2019)

EDGAR DEGAS. IN THE WORLD OF BALLET

State of the Art paid tribute to the French painter and sculptor, Edgar Degas and the world of the Ballet, presenting a show based on the work “Degas. Danse Dessin “by the writer, poet, and thinker Paul Valéry. The exhibition’s ambassador and former Minister of Culture, Isabel Pires de Lima, comments that “the exhibition allows visitors to establish an intense relationship between the two contemporary artistic areas: visual arts and ballet.”

The exhibition “Edgar Degas. In the World of Ballet. With the special participation of Paula Rego and Helena de Medeiros”, held at NorteShopping, included 26 etchings by Edgar Degas, four works by Paula Rego from the Fundação D. Luís I / Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, as well as six contemporary ballet costumes, provided by Fondazione Teatro Alla Scala, Gauthier Dance Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Staatstheater Augsburg by Helena de Medeiros, together with an original painting by the artist.

For the development of the exhibition, State of the Art invited Diogo Aguiar Studio to elaborate a dynamic and fluid expository structure with different rhythms of density and texture, referring to the ballet universe.

Photography and video © Co.lab NorteShopping

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