Saudade, China & Portugal - Contemporary Art

Saudade, China & Portugal - Contemporary Art
Temporary exhibition
Inauguration: 
16 Nov 2018 - 19h
17/11/2018
- 06/01/2019
Floor: 
-1
Saudade, China & Portugal - Contemporary Art
Temporary exhibition
Inauguration: 
16 Nov 2018 - 19h
17/11/2018
- 06/01/2019
Floor: 
-1
Body: 

Saudade — Irretrievable Place in Time

The exhibition "Saudade", curated by Yuko Hasegawa, presented at Museu Coleção Berardo, and co-produced with the Fosun Foundation, gathers 16 artists from China and Portugal. The common denominator to these works is a reflection on the concepts of diversity, festivity, and ambiguity, as well as their intimate connection with the feeling of saudade—title to the exhibition, meaning the suffering caused by distance or the absence of something or someone.

By presenting works from the cultural heritages of both countries as a whole, this exhibition will surely invigorate the Sino-Portuguese relationship—as well as the understanding of who we are, where we are, and where we are going to.

An exhibition of the  Fosun Foundation.

 

From the brochure of the exhibition: 

"The untranslatable Portuguese word “saudade” conveys a desire for a past moment that may be forever unattainable. On many levels, this word
speaks of our current situation—where we are prone to seeking comfort in the tender past when faced with the overwhelming despair generated
by the uncertainty of our present and future.
In the midst of globalisation, consubstantiated in forms such as cross-border trade and cultural exchange, we are constantly seeking connection with others, as well as some degree of identification with ideals and hopes from the past and the future. Nevertheless, the ambiguous, unstable situation we are in makes it rather spiny for us to grasp anything for sure. In the background of multiculturalism, in which cultural integration is not yet fully accepted, there are huge differences in information, geography, ethnicity, and society; moreover, the further and deeper the internet sprawls, the more the syndrome of alienation and nostalgia gets reported—so is in China, so is in Portugal, so is elsewhere. In trouble, at this time, saudade becomes an effective sedative. Reflecting on these notions, I have selected 16 artists from Portugal and China, among whose expressions two aspects stand out. The first one is the intertwining of concepts such as diversity, festivity, ambiguity, which often come in a whole. The other one is the works’ intimate connection with the narrative of saudade."
- Yuko Hasegawa, exhibition curator

Artists:
Vasco Araújo
Pedro Valdez Cardoso
José Pedro Croft
Leng Guangmin
Tao Hui
Luísa Jacinto
Liu Jianhua
Rui Moreira
Cheng Ran
André Sousa
Joana Vasconcelos
Guan Xiao
Sun Xun
Shi Yong
Xia Yu
Liang Yuanwei

Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT)

The exhibiton is on view until January, 6th 2019, every day, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. (last admission: 6:30 p.m.)

 

Exhibition Catalogue
Available for free download at en.museuberardo.pt/saudade-catalogue