Double opening: "Charlotte Salomon" and "Constellations"

Double opening: "Charlotte Salomon" and "Constellations"

The Museu Coleção Berardo invites you to the openings of Charlotte Salomon. Life? Or Theatre? and Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures, both on 10 April, Wednesday, at 7 p.m.

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Charlotte Salomon
Life? Or Theatre? /

German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943) lived in a blighted world: the war, raging all over Europe, and the Nazis, murdering millions of Jews. Such is the historical context in which Salomon painted the 769 gouaches of Life? Or Theatre?—having done so between 1940 and 1942, while exiled in the French Riviera.
This Singspiel (or operetta) is a magnificent work of great originality. Charlotte combines her literary and musical skills with drawing and painting, leaving us an impressive record of her personal and family history while also documenting the tragic events of that period in Europe. It is an immense visual drama that fluctuates between autobiography and fiction, where representation and life merge into an ideal union.

The exhibition Life? Or Theatre? Charlotte Salomon. Berlin, 1917 – Auschwitz, 1943 has been organised in cooperation with the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum.

Curated by Éric Corne.
Opening: 10 April 2019, 7 p.m.
Exhibition on view until 11 August.



a choreography of minimal gestures

The aim of Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures is to regard the Berardo Collection as a horizontal research territory where vertical "cuts"—incisions on its permanent stability—suddenly appear. In this context, several national and international artists are confronted with seminal pieces from the collection. Thus, adopting an anachronistic approach that plunges into the different sections of the exhibition, this setting makes way for the constellatory tracing of the flux between History and its own investigation, aiming to enquire into intrinsic connections between the twentieth-century avantgardes and our current production. This set of interventions, following a loose (and conceptual) narrative line, has at its core the philosophical concept of constellation.

Curadoria de / Curated by Ana Rito & Hugo Barata.
Opening: 10 April 2019, 7 p.m.
Exhibiton on view until 30 September.

Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures features works by: Michaël Borremans, Edgar Martins, Hans Richter, Valie Export, Anthony Ramos, Vito Acconci, António Olaio, João Tabarra, Francisco Vidal, Rui Miguel Leitão Ferreira, Nicolás Paris, Suzan Pitt, Tris Vonna Michell, Elena Damani,David Maljkovic, Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer, Carla Rebelo, João Seguro, Fernão Cruz, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Miguelangelo Veiga, Rui Calçada Bastos, Pedro Pousada, Nuno Sousa Vieira, Os Espacialistas, Diogo Evangelista, Rui Toscano, Diogo Pimentão, João Onofre, Louise Lawler, Lawrence Weiner, Felix González-Torres, Gabriel Orozco, Fernanda Fragateiro, Aby Warburg, Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana, Juan Muñoz, Thomas Ruff, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, Valentine Hugo, Greta Knutson, Kazimir Malevich, Henri Michaux, Dennis Oppenheim, Piero Manzoni and Eillen Agar.

Cover images:
Charlotte Salomon, gouaches from "Life? Or Theatre?", 1940–1942, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. Collection Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam. © Charlotte Salomon Foundation

Edgar Martins, "Examples of Photography as Catachresis", from the series "What Photography Has in Common With an Empty Vase", 2018. B&w resin print. Courtesy: Galeria Filomena Soares.