Cally Spooner, Gustavo Ciríaco, Jassem Hindi, Keith Hennessy & Eoghan Ryan, Mel O’Callaghan, Pedro Lopes, Quarto (Anna Mesquita e Leandro Zappala), Ramiro Guerreiro, Sally Golding, Spatial
‘The Museum as Performance’ highlights the growing importance of performance in contemporary art. For its second edition on 17 and 18 September, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents a programme of new and recent performance works by artists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom across the spaces of the Museum and Park.
Encompassing dance, music, theatre and the visual arts, ‘The Museum as Performance’ is a dynamic platform for a current generation of artists whose work comprises dance, music, cinema, architecture and the visual arts in new performative models.
The first edition of ‘The Museum as Performance’ was included by the Portuguese Público newspaper amongst the Top Exhibitions of 2015. Critic Nuno Crespo wrote, in December 2015: ’Programming a series of performances in a museum does not solely correspond to presenting a series of different things inside the museum: it is a reflexive gesture that forces us to think about the nature of the museum gallery’.
French journalist, Marc Lenot, of the blog Lunettes Rouges, an affiliate of French newspaper Le Monde, wrote in October 2015: ‘The concentration of activities over the two-day programme enabled us to watch a wide variety of different approaches and of course, as is the case on similar occasions, it led us to question the definition of performance’.
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Image: Quarto (Leandro Zappala & Anna Mesquita). Durational Rope [Corda Duracional], 2014. Photo: courtesy of the artists.