Lisbon is a city that does not need any introduction nor any very detailed map. All you need is to get lost in order to discover all its beautiful hidden spots that have inspired writers and poets for ages, hard to forget once known.
The Portuguese capital does not only shines because of its glorious past. In the past two years, it’s becoming a more modern and cosmopolitan city, so that in March of this year opened a new Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology: the MAAT.
This new museum is part of the project by the EDP Foundation to make an Art Campus and it is actually the extension of the Museum of Electricity that stands right next to it: it hosts both a permanent exhibition about its former use as power station and exhibitions of modern art in collaboration with MAAT.
The MAAT is built on the bank of the river Tagus and from its panoramic terrace, you can enjoy a 360° view over the 25 of April Bridge, the Cristo Rei and the neighborhoods of Belem and Alcantara. The building, designed by the Studio Amanda Levete Architects, has been awarded with the 2017 Design Prize at the Milan Design Week. What makes the building unique it is its ability to fit within the surroundings. This is also thanks to its white and shiny surface that resembles the famous Portuguese pavement and that is able to play with the changes of light and with the glares of the river.
At the momento of our visit, the ongoing exhibitions were Utopia/Dystopia (until August 21st) and Carlos Garaicoa. Yo nunca he sido surrealista hasta el día de hoy (until September 18th).
Utopia/Dystopia is a journey through the evolution of this theme in the context of the design and reflection on the urban space since the 70s.
The route unfolds through prints and sculptures, with a particular focus on the role of technology in the development of the modern city and in the construction of its ideal. Among the work exhibited: the enigmatic drawing Wandering Turtle by Alexander Brodsky e Ilya Utkin, the watercolour What is the Contemporary? by William Powhida, and the collage Following Modern Geneaology by Kader Attia.
Among the video installations, a particular mention goes to The perfect city by Olivo Barbieri that investigates on the complexity of the Italian urban space with a short movie made by aerial photographs of the Adriatic coast that points out how the tourism and the industrial buildings have took over the natural environment.
The oval room at MAAT has been transformed by Carlos Garaicoa into an almost oneiric space where elements of urban architecture blend together with natural elements, thanks to a game of lights and sounds able to create an harmonious environment.