MAAT MUSEUM of Art, Architecture and Technology OPENS IN LISBON TODAY
The Lisbon waterfront welcomes a new landmark.
Amanda Levete’s new building captures the essence of the remarkable 38,000 square-meter riverside site and its unique light. It allows visitors to walk over, under, and through the museum complex, with a roof that offers exclusive views towards the river. In this way, it seeks to bring the historic connection between the city and the water. The building artfully swells into the ground to form flexible exhibition halls that merge with about 7,000 square-meter of new public space by the water.
UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA, PART 1
The museum opens with UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA, PART 1: by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
The site-specific installation is occupying the museum’s Oval Gallery, nearly 1000 square-meters, and is the third large-scale environment created by artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, following on TH.2058 at Tate Modern (London, 2018) and Ballard Garden at De Singel (Antwerp, 2014).
The artist offers a fictional setting in which an extra-terrestrial has taken over the world and designed a park - Pynchon Park - as a place to observe human behaviour under the best possible conditions.
The second part of the Utopia/Dystopia exhibition will open in March 2017.
The inaugural programme also includes other exhibitions like The World of Charles and Ray Eames, organised in partnership with Barbican Centre in London and Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interlude by London-based Portuguese photographer Edgar Martins, among other.
The MAAT opening is set to coincide with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale taking up the Power Station’s courtyard with the exhibition The Form of Form.
Read more about the MAAT museum and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in our upcoming issue DAMNº59.
All images by Maria Ribeiro, from the sneak peek opening on the 4th of October.