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CAN THE MUSEUM BE A GARDEN? - WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE SERRALVES MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
from 06 FEB 2015 to 13 SEP 2015
Spring: 06 Feb - 26 Apr 2015
Summer: 29 Apr - 13 Sep 2015

Vasco Araújo, Richard Artschwager, Herbert Brandl, Stanley Brouwn, Fernando Calhau, Alberto Carneiro, Lourdes Castro, Rui Chafes, Luisa Cunha, Charles Darwin, Jan Dibbets, Fischli & Weiss, Simone Forti, Hamish Fulton, Mario Garcia Torres, Hans Haacke, Jasper Johns, Ana Jotta, Raoul De Keyser, Anselm Kiefer, Fernando Lanhas, Álvaro Lapa, Louise Lawler, Miguel Leal, Ree Morton, Juan Muñoz, Lucia Nogueira, Luís Noronha da Costa, Lygia Pape, Sigmar Polke, João Queiroz, Dieter Roth, Robert Smithson, Ângelo de Sousa, Paul Thek, Richard Tuttle

The museum, like the garden, is a place for wandering and contemplation. With its flora and artifice, the garden is a space for cultivation and pleasure, but it is also an idea, a metaphor, the intersection between nature, culture, and science. Walking in a museum, a narrative unfolds before us, its many paths and streams connecting knowledge with the senses. Whether wild or mannerist, ordered or picturesque, the garden, like the museum, is experiential and affective, a space in which we are invited to wander through a landscape in perpetual growth, with forms, objects and colours arranged in space. As the garden represents the rational ordering of the natural world, so an exhibition is a garden of images, ideas, and emotions. Both places intertwine walking with the imagination.
‘Can the museum be a garden?’ engages these conceptual and historical relations between the garden and the museum. While some artworks drawn from the collection of the Serralves Museum directly address ideas of landscape and nature — from the use of natural materials to the movement of plants — others treat the garden as an expanded metaphor for seeing the world. In addition to these works from the collection, additional works by Hans Haacke and Louise Lawler have been ‘planted’ within the museum for the exhibition, as new species growing alongside the well-cared-for garden that a museum collection represents. As an exhibition, ‘Can the Museum be a Garden?’ will itself change with the seasons.
In relating the exterior space of the garden with the interior space of the museum, the exhibition also draws on the unique setting of the landscape designed by Jacques Gréber, and the architecture of the Serralves Museum itself, conceived by Álvaro Siza. ‘Can the Museum be a Garden?’ engages the museum as a place for wandering and wondering, charting new paths through its spaces, and the act of walking as an aesthetic and contemplative practice. 
How should we walk through a museum? Should we set out and explore? Run, get lost? Or be guided on our way, following our senses and our curiosity?  

‘Can the Museum be a Garden?’ is curated by João Ribas, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. 


Image: Mario García Torres, A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson’s Legacy, 2006. Collection Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Videostill: Courtesy of the artist.


Related Activities
GUIDED TOURS AND TALKS

14 FEB (SAT), 16H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES (in english)
Guided tour for Members by João Ribas

07 MAR (SAT), 17h00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided visit to the exhibition with Liliana Coutinho (Head of Education, Serralves Museum)
Capacity: 30 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

18 APR (SAT), 16h00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Conversation with a poet, an artist, a philosofer and a landscape architect
Capacity: 30 
Access: free ticket on the museum reception

16 MAY (SAT), 16h00, MUSEUM GALLERIES
Guided tour by João Ribas, curator of the exhibition
Capacity: 30 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

11 JUL (SÁB), 16H00, MUSEUM GALLERIES/LIBRARY
Vegetable Lessons: What the plants can teach us...
Conversation with Michael Marder, moderated by Margarida Mendes and Liliana Coutinho
In a certain way, we should follow the plants. More often than not, we pay no attention to the meanings of the vegetal world. We do not listen to what it says to us. And yet, its teaching can be useful to our own life and our manner of behaving toward the others and toward the environment. Where we learn also matters: in a museum, in a garden, or in a garden-museum. Such attention to the place of learning and growth is still another lesson taught by plants. (Concept: Margarida Mendes)
Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz. His writings span the fields of phenomenology, political thought, and the philosophy of plant life. He is the author of six monographs, including The Event of The Thing (2009); Groundless Existence (2010); Plant-Thinking (2013); Phenomena-Critique-Logos (2014); The Philosopher’s Plant (2014); and Pyropolitics (2015).
Capacity: 30 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)
Information: this conversation was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. 

TOURS BY THE SERRALVES MUSEUM EDUCATION STAFF

Capacity: 30 
Access: free

08 FEB (SUN), 12H00–13H00
By Andreia Coutinho

19 APR (SUN), 12H00–13H00
By Sofia Santos

14 JUN (SUN), 12H00–13H00
By Cristina Alves

05 JUL (SUN), 12H00-13H00
Por Sofia Santos

23 AUG (SUN), 12H00–13H00
By Andreia Coutinho

06 SEP (SUN), 12H00–13H00
By Sofia Santos

WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES

13 JUN (SAT), 16h30-18h30, EDUCATIONAL SERVICE ROOM AND MUSEUM GALLERIES
BIRD-MAN 
Workshop by Sofia Santos and Joana Nascimento, Educators at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.
The sound of different bird calls will fill the exhibition space. Can the museum be a Garden? Let's listen to them, search for them, reinvent them and materialize them. Commencing with a visit to the exhibition and contact with the work Birdcalls by Louise Lawler, we will construct an image for the imaginary body of various different 'birdmen'. In the space of the museum's gallery, it will be possible to construct this image - with the aid of cutting, collage and the design of its various fragments.
Access: € 5 / family (maximum of 3 persons: 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children) or free subject to presentation of a ticket to the Museum and Park 
Max. no. of participants: 30 persons (adults + children)
Project "Serralves - Património Classificado" co-financed by
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  • LocationSerralves Museum
  • Days 06 FEB 2015 - 13 SEP 2015

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