Luminous Matter

Luminous Matter
Temporary exhibition
Inauguration: 
15 Sep 2021 - 17h
15/09/2021
- 09/01/2022
Floor: 
0
Curator: 
Sérgio Mah
Luminous Matter
Temporary exhibition
Inauguration: 
15 Sep 2021 - 17h
15/09/2021
- 09/01/2022
Floor: 
0
Curator: 
Sérgio Mah
Body: 

Luminous Matter explores light-based approaches by means of an itinerary through artistic practices in Portugal, from the mid-1960s until today. Featuring thirty-eight artists, the exhibition assembles a very diversified set of art forms, as well as trends, aesthetic processes, and conceptual stances. Being an essential theme, present throughout the history of art and, correlatively, of the image, light is examined in its multiple meanings, as a material and means of visual expression, as an aesthetic, poetic, and allegoric motif, and as an integral part of a culture that is becoming more and more imbricated with technological systems.
The exhibition includes a significant number of works that make use of a broad spectrum of lighting materials and devices. These are pieces that require activation, that are energy conductors, that need electricity in order to emit and irradiate, in the sense that their plastic power transcends the limits of their physicality.
By including a number of recent, previously unseen pieces, Luminous Matter shows how artists remain motivated to express and reconvert the multiplicity of feelings and imaginings that move around our various ways of feeling and understanding light. The sun and fire, day and brightness, but also night, darkness, the colour black and shadows, are all abundantly depicted and evoked as either concrete realities or through their various declensions. From religion to mythology, from art history to popular culture, from philosophy to literature: the social and cultural indexations that light carries and animates are inestimable.

Sérgio Mah, curator of the exhibition.

Works by Alexandre Estrela I Ana Jotta I Ângelo de Sousa I António Palolo I CABRITA I Diogo Evangelista I Eduardo Nery I Fernando Brito I Fernando Calhau I Francisco Tropa I Gilberto Reis I Helena Almeida I João Maria Gusmão I João Paulo Feliciano I Jorge Martins I Jorge Molder I Jorge Pinheiro I José Barrias I José Luís Neto I Júlia Ventura I Julião Sarmento I Leonor Antunes I Lourdes Castro I Luís Noronha da Costa I Luísa Correia Pereira I Manuel Rosa I Miguel Palma I Miguel Soares I Paulo Nozolino I Pedro Morais I Pedro Paiva I Renato Ferrão I René Bértholo I Rui Chafes I Rui Toscano I Sérgio Taborda I Silvestre Pestana I Vasco Lucena


GUIDED VISITS TO THE EXHIBITION

Thematic visit guided by the curator Sérgio Mah.
18 September,  Saturday | 4 p.m.
Booking required
 (max 15 pax) | Admission free. 

Exhibition support: Corticeira Amorim

Corticeira Amorim is the world’s largest cork processing group. Founded in 1870, the company has dozens of business units spread across five continents, exports numerous products to more than 100 countries and has a diversified network of 27,000 customers. The company’s performance is based on strong sustainability credentials and it develops an activity with a positive impact on climate regulation. Corticeira Amorim provides a set of solutions, materials and articles for some of the most technological, disruptive and demanding sectors in the world, such as aerospace, automotive, construction, sports, energy, interior design, and still and sparkling wines and spirits. Currently under the leadership of the fourth generation of the family, which cultivates the values of discreetness, ambition, initiative, pride and attitude, the same values that it has upheld over its 150 years of successful history. The company invests millions of euros annually in R & D + I, records 93 % of its sales outside Portugal and employs over 4,400 employees. Corticeira Amorim’s mission is to add value to cork in a competitive, differentiated and innovative manner, in perfect harmony with Nature. The company recorded consolidated turnover of €740.1 million in 2020.