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Aug
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to Aug 29 | FILM FESTIVAL | “A Year of Cinema(s)” at Medeia Monumental | Saldanha | 5€
Aug 16 all-day
to Aug 29 | FILM FESTIVAL | "A Year of Cinema(s)" at Medeia Monumental | Saldanha | 5€ @ Medeia Monumental | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Haven’t seen a good trailer or gone to a movie theater in months but still miss that magic moment when the lights go down?
No need to fear.
A YEAR OF CINEMA(S) at Medeia Filmes is back.
Four weeks, more than 50 well and not-so-well-known films from the last year, at five bucks a pop.
See the full agenda, days and showtimes here.
And here’s David Lynch explaining the movie theater experience.

[embed]https://youtu.be/wKiIroiCvZ0[/embed]

to Nov 18 | EXHIBITION | “The Future Of Lisbon” | Praça do Comércio | 3€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Nov 18 | EXHIBITION | "The Future Of Lisbon" | Praça do Comércio | 3€ @ Torreão Poente do Praça do Comércio | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“The future is unwritten.”
Joe Strummer.

But Lisbon is changing. Fast. Some changes are good, others — not so much. What does the future of Lisbon hold? Will the city manage to keep its character (and its residents) in the face of gentrification, tourism, and AirBnB, or will it go the way of Williamsburg, Brooklyn? We hope it survives, but there’s no way of telling.
Futuros de Lisboa is a unique interactive multimedia exhibit that offers a few possible ideas, from professionals, academics, and artists to regular citizens of Lisbon and the world, on the subject of what comes next for this magical town.
Find out more here , and see you in the future!
Here’s just a glimpse of one possible terrifying not too distant reality.

*Inauguration is July 12 at 6:00 p.m.

to Oct 28 | PAINTING EXHIBIT | “Explicit: Forbidden Art?” | Santos | 6€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 28 | PAINTING EXHIBIT | “Explicit: Forbidden Art?” | Santos | 6€ @ Museu da Arte Antiga | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Did the picture on the left bring you here?
No need to be ashamed, it’s only art..
Here’s what the organizers say:
“Bringing together 70 pieces from its storage rooms – representing masculine and feminine nudes, and even sex scenes – and drawing attention to some of the artworks in its permanent exhibition, the MNAA intends, in the context of museums and using their own “weapons,” to stimulate critical thinking and encourage debate on the surprisingly contemporary question: can art be forbidden?
Don’t know about you, but we’re in. More details here.

to Oct 30 | GEOLOGICAL EXHIBIT | “The 27 Wonders of the Geological Museum” | Principe Real | FREE to 5€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 30 | GEOLOGICAL EXHIBIT | "The 27 Wonders of the Geological Museum" | Principe Real | FREE to 5€ @ Museu Geologico | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Some say the world has seven wonders, others claim that’s fake news. Whatever the case may be, the Geological Museum is proud to host 27 of its own little old-school marvels. As they put it, “we have chosen some remarkable pieces from the Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Pre-Historical Archaeology collections. Their importance lies in their scientific value, but also often in their aesthetic interest. They are exceptional testimonies of our territorial history, of the plants and animals that have lived here throughout millions of years, and of the former presence of our human predecessors.”
We can dig it.
Discover more about the collection (with detailed descriptions of each of the 27 heavyweights) here.

to Oct 8 | PHOTO EXHIBIT | Pieter Hugo: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Belém | TBD
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:30
to Oct 8 | PHOTO EXHIBIT | Pieter Hugo: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Belém | TBD @ CCB | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Pieter Hugo is well established in our collective subconsciousness; that is, there’s a good chance you’ve seen his stuff without knowing his name.
His solo show, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, comes to The Museu Berardo for the next three months. The exhibit opening will be held at 19h on the 4th of July, which any American living in Lisbon can tell you is like being between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Not to fret, the opening will offer cocktails by Bacalhôa and goodies from Pasteis da Nata. It’s no fried chicken and deviled eggs but, hey, it’s art.

Here’s a taste of Pieter’s stuff.

[embed]https://youtu.be/Nl3O2xjDm-8[/embed]

to Sep 15 |PHOTO EXHIBIT | Carlos Nogueira’s “Photographs of Work and Other Drawings” | Martim Moniz | FREE
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Sep 15 |PHOTO EXHIBIT | Carlos Nogueira’s “Photographs of Work and Other Drawings” | Martim Moniz | FREE @ Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa - Fotográfico | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Carlos Nogueira is a Portuguese artist, best known for his sculptures. These often focus on the natural world, while using materials of the everyday, especially industrial ones.

This exhibit is a little different, instead focussing on his photography. This series captures moments from throughout his life, giving the viewer an insight into his artistic journey, and a glimpse behind the sculptures he created. There is also a set of illustrated postcards based around the topics he his most noted for.

to Sep 23 | EXHIBITION | In the Footsteps of Saint Anthony | Baixa | 3€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sep 23 | EXHIBITION | In the Footsteps of Saint Anthony | Baixa | 3€ @ Museu de Lisboa - Santo António | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

This photo exhibition is a collection of pictures taken by Gonçalo Cadilhe as he followed the path of Saint Anthony through Morocco, Spain, Italy, and France, to name but a few of the countries.

But who IS St. Anthony and what’s all the fuss about? Read up here to find out.

to Sept 10 | ART EXHIBIT | “Post-Pop: Beyond the Commonplace” | Praça de Espanha | 5€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 10 | ART EXHIBIT | "Post-Pop: Beyond the Commonplace” | Praça de Espanha | 5€ @ Gulbenkian | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Oh, pop art.
We’ll refrain from commenting and leave that to the organizers of “Pop detours in Portugal and England, 1965-1975”:
This exhibition presents, in its entirety, works produced almost exclusively between 1965 and 1975, in Portugal and England. Some of them are united by a witty divergence from the commonplace put forward by Pop Art. And, in the case of the Portuguese artists, true defectors from the mediocrity which characterized the country…
It features a number of works by English artists which conspicuously deviate from Pop Art – Bernard Cohen, Tom Phillips, Jeremy Moon, Allen Jones, among others, alongside a larger number of works by Portuguese artists including Teresa Magalhães, Ruy Leitão, Eduardo Batarda, Menez, Nikias Skapinakis, Fátima Vaz, Clara Menéres, João Cutileiro, José de Guimarães, among numerous others.

Take a detour and pop on in. More info here.

Oh, pop art…
Banksy, can we get an amen?

[embed]https://youtu.be/CBTSlwwzuYo[/embed]

to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | Line, Form, and Color: Works from the Berardo Collection | Belém | 5€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:30
to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | Line, Form, and Color: Works from the Berardo Collection | Belém | 5€ @ Museum of the Berardo Collection | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“In 1913, trying desperately to liberate art from the ballast of the representational world, I sought refuge in the form of the square.”
Kazimir Malevich.
Some might argue that Malevich‘s infamous Black Square got a little out of line, liberating millions of people who have no idea how to make art into pretending that they can.
Nevertheless, the importance of abstract art in the last two centuries can not be understated.
That’s why Museu Coleção Berardo gives us Line, Form and Colour, a show that’s pretty self-explanatory but that will probably have very long descriptions next to the pieces in it anyway.

*The museum’s free on Saturdays; more about the show here.

Be there or be square.

to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Lisbon | Belem | 4€- 11€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Lisbon | Belem | 4€- 11€ @ Museu de Arte Popular | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

You’re in luck! This show has been extended to September!

This one’s for the geeks. However, if you don’t know what an impossible cube is, you might just be a square. Furthermore, if you think M.C. Escher has something to do with hip-hop… well, you’re probably right. This Dutch master pretty much did with images what Tupac Shakur and Nasir Jones did with words. Escher is the definition of thinking outside the box, and Belem is housing his best.
Be there or be square.

[embed]https://youtu.be/CZAQ_b2rzAA[/embed]

to Sept 17 | ART EXHIBIT | David Oliveira’s “Life is on the Line” | Amoreiras | FREE
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 17:30
to Sept 17 | ART EXHIBIT | David Oliveira's "Life is on the Line" | Amoreiras | FREE @ Mãe d'Agua Reservoir | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Life is on the Line, is an expression that means between life and death: therefore the exhibition is about the danger that life on Earth faces, and David Oliveira uses his signature wire lines to illustrate “a snapshot of a paused movement” before it all goes to hell. This guy happens to be one of our favorite artists from Lisbon, so go see why for yourself, or read our interview with him here.

The beauty of his work is that each piece evokes a memory through the use of tulle to show the movement of where the sculpture has been and hinting at where it will go next using this fluidity and freedom of color.

According to the artist, “When I was proposed to do this exhibition, the Reservoir of the Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras was my first choice, because the presence of water is crucial in a discourse on life, especially when the sculptures are transparent, and space becomes integral to them.”

to Sept 24 | PHOTOGRAPHY | Aimée Zito Lema’s “13 Shots” | Praça Espanha | FREE
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 24 | PHOTOGRAPHY | Aimée Zito Lema’s “13 Shots” | Praça Espanha | FREE @ Gulbenkian | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Dutch photographer Aimée Zito Lema collaborates with the Theatre of the Oppressed Group of Lisbon to bring you 13 shots — an exhibit of “works that explore various aspects of individual, social and political memory”.
The Gulbenkian Museum* hosts the show for the next 13 weeks (roughly), free of charge. Come make some new and learn some not so new memories. More here.
*Open 10h – 18h daily except Tuesday.

to Sept 30 | EXHIBITION | The Wonderful World of Mechanical Music | Alfama | 5€
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 30 | EXHIBITION | The Wonderful World of Mechanical Music | Alfama | 5€ @ Museu do Fado | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

This exhibition is based on the collection of Luís Cangueiro and is focused on Fado in mechanical instruments. Throughout the 20th century, people were intrigued by automatons, and music didn’t avoid this fad. There are countless automated music boxes, pianos, and even books that mix the creativity of man and the precision of machines.

to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Listening to the Waters: Works from the Schneider Collection and Portuguese Artists | Baixa | FREE
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Listening to  the Waters: Works from the Schneider Collection and Portuguese Artists | Baixa | FREE @ Money Museum | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Is water a basic human right or a commodity to be monetized like most other natural resources? We don’t really know. What we do know is that the Money Museum has a multimedia show Listening to the waters, dedicated entirely to water. Which is just the right amount of weird for us.

*Entry to the museum is free.
For now.

to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Matheus Rocha Pitta’s “The Winner takes it all” | Laranjeiras | FREE
Aug 16 @ 10:00 – 19:30
to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Matheus Rocha Pitta's "The Winner takes it all" | Laranjeiras | FREE @ Carlos Carvalho AC | Lisboa | Portugal

Ever win so much that you get tired of winning, only to then win some more? Neither have we.
Anyway…
Matheus Rocha Pitta is a Brazil-born multimedia installation artist who, according to the organizers, “not following formal branches of knowledge, creates a territory of dissent itself.”
His new Lisbon show is called “The Winner Takes it All.”
We usually don’t follow formal branches of knowledge either, and are fans of dissent.
If you feel the same, come show some love. It’s free.
Gallery hours:
Mon-Fri: 10h – 19h30;
Sat: 12h – 19h30.
More deets here.

to Aug 19 | ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT | Maria Imaginário: “Marie Antoinette Says Au Revoir!” | Belém | FREE
Aug 16 @ 11:00 – 17:00
to Aug 19 | ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT | Maria Imaginário: “Marie Antoinette Says Au Revoir!” | Belém | FREE @ Projecto Travessa da Ermida | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Marie Antoinette supposedly said “Let them eat brioche!” (brioche being what some say is the French version of cake). Shortly there after, she said Au Revoir (which some say is the French version of “good bye”).
Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Maria Imaginário, who gained prominence by painting colorful ice cream and other tasty treats on the dilapidated buildings of Lisbon in 2005, has always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette. She often includes images of the tragic beauty in her work. Now Maria dedicates a whole exhibition to Marie, at Travessa da Ermida*, according to the organizers “the perfect place to create an environment of worship, cult and farewell to Marie Antoinette.”

Gallery hours are:
Mon-Fri: 11h – 17h.
Sat, Sun: 14h – 18h.

Free admission (ends August 19th).

*Stop by Pasteis de Belem right next door afterwards and indulge your inner bourgeoisie (whatever that means).

to Aug 27 | Aeroscene | Tomás Saraceno | Belém | 5€
Aug 16 @ 11:00 – 19:00
to Aug 27 | Aeroscene | Tomás Saraceno | Belém | 5€ @ MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Come get swept off your feet by the sheer magnitude of these gravity-defying orbs. Ponder weightlessness, heat, energy, and a romantic escape or two as you stare into larger-than-life balloons that could take you around the world and back again…if you dare.

From the organizers: In August 1709, Bartolomeu de Gusmão accomplished the feat of propelling a heavier-than-air object into the air. This would become the first hot air balloon ever built, preceding the Montgolfier brothers by eight decades.

Three hundred years later, Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno began to create sculptures which defy gravity, floating in the air merely with the heat of the sun, leaving behind the use of helium or fuel. These pieces also form the basis for one of the artist’s research projects, called Aerocene – which describes an era when the human race might inhabit these aerial structures. In this new site-specific installation at the Oval Gallery, the artist presents a selection of sculptures, both pre-existing and new, which together allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new interactions between human beings and the planet’s atmosphere.

Curated by Pedro Gadanho, Rita Marques

 

to Aug 19 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | O Sol da Caparica | Almada | 17 -37€
Aug 16 @ 18:00 – Aug 17 @ 02:00
to Aug 19 | MUSIC FESTIVAL | O Sol da Caparica | Almada | 17 -37€ @ Parque Urbano da Costa da Caparica, Almada | Costa da Caparica | Setúbal | Portugal

With the heat wave behind us, why not take the ferry across the river this weekend and catch some sun in style? We’ll let the organizers of O Sol da Caparica’18 shed some light:

“This four-day festival involves artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, and São Tomé e Príncipe, with sounds ranging from rock to fado, from pop to semba, and from kizomba to hip-hop. Virgul, Carminho, Rodrigo Leão, Anselmo Ralph, Frankie Chavez, Calema, GNR, April Ivy, Miguel Araújo, and Moullinex are just some of the names on the line-up.”

A day will be set aside for kids, and there will be other fun activities like animated films, street art, painting, and surfing.

Tickets are 17€ per day or 37€ for a four-day pass.
More light here.



to Oct 25 | CRAFT BEER + MUSIC | Thursday Crafternoons with Oitava Colina | Graça | FREE
Aug 16 @ 18:00 – 20:00
to Oct 25 | CRAFT BEER + MUSIC | Thursday Crafternoons with Oitava Colina | Graça | FREE @ Heden Lisboa | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Oitava Colina is a good beer. Heden Lisboa is a unique creative workspace. “Crafternoon” is, at the very least, impressive wordplay.
We’ll let Heden, the organizers, tell you the rest:
“Our Thursday Crafternoons have returned!
Join us for a lil’ afterwork hang, in our Graça locale, and try the coolest brew from our dear neighbor, Cerveja Oitava Colina.
Simple self-service: just help yourself to a glass at our bar and leave a donation, at your discretion.
Saúde!
*Music also provided*”

No membership necessary.



to Aug 23 | LIVE JAZZ | “Live without hours” | Campo de Ourique | FREE
Aug 16 @ 19:00 – 20:00
to Aug 23 | LIVE JAZZ | "Live without hours" | Campo de Ourique | FREE @ Casa Fernando Pessoa | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Casa Fernando Pessoa is a nice place with a nice terrace.
An early-summer Thursday evening is a nice time to hear some jazz.
“Live without hours” is a series of low-key concerts by some local jazz duos. It happens every Thursday this summer, at 19h, on said terrace, free of charge.
Full list of acts and more details are here.
And here is some Luis Cunha on trumpet — just one of the many virtuosos in the lineup.

[embed]https://youtu.be/ir8Dnsvp8qo[/embed]

to Aug 18 | THEATRE | “MACBETHS” at Ruins of the Carmo Convent | Chiado | 16€
Aug 16 @ 21:30 – 23:15
to Aug 18 | THEATRE | "MACBETHS" at Ruins of the Carmo Convent | Chiado | 16€ @ Archaeological Museum of Carmo  | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,
which still we thank as love.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

What better setting for a modern retelling of a Shakespeare classic than a 500-year-old roofless Roman convent?
A group of local writers, directors, and acting school grads bring the Bard back to life, under the stars, with a unique take on one of his classics. This time around, Lady Macbeth is the focus of the action. Here’s what the organizers say about their new production*:
“While Macbeth destroys, the Lady seeks to minimize damages. What happens behind the scenes of Macbeth, when Lady Macbeth disappears from the stage, is the ultimate subject of the show.”
Intrigued?
Us too.
Learn more here.
*The show will be subtitled in English.

CONCERT | Bob Log III + Death Disco Disaster | Cais do Sodré | 8 – 10€
Aug 16 @ 22:00
CONCERT | Bob Log III + Death Disco Disaster | Cais do Sodré | 8 - 10€ @ Musicbox | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Bob Log III is 48 years old. He is a one-man band who grew up in Arizona. He wears a full body human cannonball suit and a helmet wired to a telephone receiver. He plays old classic guitars while using his feet to drum. Sometimes, he rides rubber dinghies over his audience or rubs whiskey on women’s breasts. He also sings. According to Wikipedia, “the spectacle has been described as a blues-punk guitar dance party… He tours over 150 shows a year in more than 30 countries.”
And Bob’s coming back to Portugal this Saturday.

But wait. There’s more.

Death Disco Disaster is a party created by Portuguese farmer and documentary filmmaker Eduardo Morais. Eduardo really doesn’t like disco and psychedelic music.
So, it’s only natural that Bob and Eduardo should meet.
And MUSICBOX is the best place to facilitate such a meeting.
It’s gonna get weird. But in a good way… we think.

More details here.

Whatup, Bob?

[embed]https://youtu.be/GhGuIF2fLn4[/embed]


to Dec 21 | LIVE MUSIC | Victor Zamora Trio Jam Session | Poço do Bispo | FREE
Aug 16 @ 22:30
to Dec 21 | LIVE MUSIC | Victor Zamora Trio Jam Session | Poço do Bispo | FREE @ Fábrica Braço de Prata | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Victor Zamora is originally from Cuba. His specialty is jazz. Every Thursday this year you can find him at Fábrica Braço de Prata, behind the piano, with a long ever-changing list of fellow Lisbon jazz improvisers.
Also, you can join him on stage with an instrument of your own.

[embed]https://youtu.be/8k6Bq2NnxzE[/embed]

to Aug 19 | LGBTI FESTIVAL | Trumps Summer Fest | Rato | 12 – 50€
Aug 16 @ 23:45 – Aug 17 @ 06:00
to Aug 19 | LGBTI FESTIVAL | Trumps Summer Fest | Rato | 12 - 50€ @ TRUMPS | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

TRUMPS, the “best and biggest gay club in Lisbon,” is a two-floor venue with two separate dance floors, a unique vibe and a misleading name (right?). This August it kicks off its SUMMER SESSIONS, a week of events celebrating diversity, acceptance, and drag. On the menu are the first-ever TRUMPS GARDEN SESSIONS, music in “the most LGBTI garden in Lisbon,” and a DRAG BRUNCH, along with three guest superstars of the Portuguese LGBTI scene. And all sorts of other fun into the wee hours of the morning, all week long.
Learn more here.

Aug
17
Fri
to Aug 29 | FILM FESTIVAL | “A Year of Cinema(s)” at Medeia Monumental | Saldanha | 5€
Aug 17 all-day
to Aug 29 | FILM FESTIVAL | "A Year of Cinema(s)" at Medeia Monumental | Saldanha | 5€ @ Medeia Monumental | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Haven’t seen a good trailer or gone to a movie theater in months but still miss that magic moment when the lights go down?
No need to fear.
A YEAR OF CINEMA(S) at Medeia Filmes is back.
Four weeks, more than 50 well and not-so-well-known films from the last year, at five bucks a pop.
See the full agenda, days and showtimes here.
And here’s David Lynch explaining the movie theater experience.

[embed]https://youtu.be/wKiIroiCvZ0[/embed]

to Nov 18 | EXHIBITION | “The Future Of Lisbon” | Praça do Comércio | 3€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Nov 18 | EXHIBITION | "The Future Of Lisbon" | Praça do Comércio | 3€ @ Torreão Poente do Praça do Comércio | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“The future is unwritten.”
Joe Strummer.

But Lisbon is changing. Fast. Some changes are good, others — not so much. What does the future of Lisbon hold? Will the city manage to keep its character (and its residents) in the face of gentrification, tourism, and AirBnB, or will it go the way of Williamsburg, Brooklyn? We hope it survives, but there’s no way of telling.
Futuros de Lisboa is a unique interactive multimedia exhibit that offers a few possible ideas, from professionals, academics, and artists to regular citizens of Lisbon and the world, on the subject of what comes next for this magical town.
Find out more here , and see you in the future!
Here’s just a glimpse of one possible terrifying not too distant reality.

*Inauguration is July 12 at 6:00 p.m.

to Oct 28 | PAINTING EXHIBIT | “Explicit: Forbidden Art?” | Santos | 6€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 28 | PAINTING EXHIBIT | “Explicit: Forbidden Art?” | Santos | 6€ @ Museu da Arte Antiga | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Did the picture on the left bring you here?
No need to be ashamed, it’s only art..
Here’s what the organizers say:
“Bringing together 70 pieces from its storage rooms – representing masculine and feminine nudes, and even sex scenes – and drawing attention to some of the artworks in its permanent exhibition, the MNAA intends, in the context of museums and using their own “weapons,” to stimulate critical thinking and encourage debate on the surprisingly contemporary question: can art be forbidden?
Don’t know about you, but we’re in. More details here.

to Oct 30 | GEOLOGICAL EXHIBIT | “The 27 Wonders of the Geological Museum” | Principe Real | FREE to 5€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Oct 30 | GEOLOGICAL EXHIBIT | "The 27 Wonders of the Geological Museum" | Principe Real | FREE to 5€ @ Museu Geologico | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Some say the world has seven wonders, others claim that’s fake news. Whatever the case may be, the Geological Museum is proud to host 27 of its own little old-school marvels. As they put it, “we have chosen some remarkable pieces from the Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Pre-Historical Archaeology collections. Their importance lies in their scientific value, but also often in their aesthetic interest. They are exceptional testimonies of our territorial history, of the plants and animals that have lived here throughout millions of years, and of the former presence of our human predecessors.”
We can dig it.
Discover more about the collection (with detailed descriptions of each of the 27 heavyweights) here.

to Oct 8 | PHOTO EXHIBIT | Pieter Hugo: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Belém | TBD
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:30
to Oct 8 | PHOTO EXHIBIT | Pieter Hugo: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | Belém | TBD @ CCB | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Pieter Hugo is well established in our collective subconsciousness; that is, there’s a good chance you’ve seen his stuff without knowing his name.
His solo show, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, comes to The Museu Berardo for the next three months. The exhibit opening will be held at 19h on the 4th of July, which any American living in Lisbon can tell you is like being between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Not to fret, the opening will offer cocktails by Bacalhôa and goodies from Pasteis da Nata. It’s no fried chicken and deviled eggs but, hey, it’s art.

Here’s a taste of Pieter’s stuff.

[embed]https://youtu.be/Nl3O2xjDm-8[/embed]

to Sep 15 |PHOTO EXHIBIT | Carlos Nogueira’s “Photographs of Work and Other Drawings” | Martim Moniz | FREE
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 19:00
to Sep 15 |PHOTO EXHIBIT | Carlos Nogueira’s “Photographs of Work and Other Drawings” | Martim Moniz | FREE @ Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa - Fotográfico | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Carlos Nogueira is a Portuguese artist, best known for his sculptures. These often focus on the natural world, while using materials of the everyday, especially industrial ones.

This exhibit is a little different, instead focussing on his photography. This series captures moments from throughout his life, giving the viewer an insight into his artistic journey, and a glimpse behind the sculptures he created. There is also a set of illustrated postcards based around the topics he his most noted for.

to Sep 23 | EXHIBITION | In the Footsteps of Saint Anthony | Baixa | 3€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sep 23 | EXHIBITION | In the Footsteps of Saint Anthony | Baixa | 3€ @ Museu de Lisboa - Santo António | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

This photo exhibition is a collection of pictures taken by Gonçalo Cadilhe as he followed the path of Saint Anthony through Morocco, Spain, Italy, and France, to name but a few of the countries.

But who IS St. Anthony and what’s all the fuss about? Read up here to find out.

to Sept 10 | ART EXHIBIT | “Post-Pop: Beyond the Commonplace” | Praça de Espanha | 5€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 10 | ART EXHIBIT | "Post-Pop: Beyond the Commonplace” | Praça de Espanha | 5€ @ Gulbenkian | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Oh, pop art.
We’ll refrain from commenting and leave that to the organizers of “Pop detours in Portugal and England, 1965-1975”:
This exhibition presents, in its entirety, works produced almost exclusively between 1965 and 1975, in Portugal and England. Some of them are united by a witty divergence from the commonplace put forward by Pop Art. And, in the case of the Portuguese artists, true defectors from the mediocrity which characterized the country…
It features a number of works by English artists which conspicuously deviate from Pop Art – Bernard Cohen, Tom Phillips, Jeremy Moon, Allen Jones, among others, alongside a larger number of works by Portuguese artists including Teresa Magalhães, Ruy Leitão, Eduardo Batarda, Menez, Nikias Skapinakis, Fátima Vaz, Clara Menéres, João Cutileiro, José de Guimarães, among numerous others.

Take a detour and pop on in. More info here.

Oh, pop art…
Banksy, can we get an amen?

[embed]https://youtu.be/CBTSlwwzuYo[/embed]

to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | Line, Form, and Color: Works from the Berardo Collection | Belém | 5€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:30
to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | Line, Form, and Color: Works from the Berardo Collection | Belém | 5€ @ Museum of the Berardo Collection | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

“In 1913, trying desperately to liberate art from the ballast of the representational world, I sought refuge in the form of the square.”
Kazimir Malevich.
Some might argue that Malevich‘s infamous Black Square got a little out of line, liberating millions of people who have no idea how to make art into pretending that they can.
Nevertheless, the importance of abstract art in the last two centuries can not be understated.
That’s why Museu Coleção Berardo gives us Line, Form and Colour, a show that’s pretty self-explanatory but that will probably have very long descriptions next to the pieces in it anyway.

*The museum’s free on Saturdays; more about the show here.

Be there or be square.

to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Lisbon | Belem | 4€- 11€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 16 | ART EXHIBIT | M.C. Escher in Lisbon | Belem | 4€- 11€ @ Museu de Arte Popular | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

You’re in luck! This show has been extended to September!

This one’s for the geeks. However, if you don’t know what an impossible cube is, you might just be a square. Furthermore, if you think M.C. Escher has something to do with hip-hop… well, you’re probably right. This Dutch master pretty much did with images what Tupac Shakur and Nasir Jones did with words. Escher is the definition of thinking outside the box, and Belem is housing his best.
Be there or be square.

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to Sept 17 | ART EXHIBIT | David Oliveira’s “Life is on the Line” | Amoreiras | FREE
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 17:30
to Sept 17 | ART EXHIBIT | David Oliveira's "Life is on the Line" | Amoreiras | FREE @ Mãe d'Agua Reservoir | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Life is on the Line, is an expression that means between life and death: therefore the exhibition is about the danger that life on Earth faces, and David Oliveira uses his signature wire lines to illustrate “a snapshot of a paused movement” before it all goes to hell. This guy happens to be one of our favorite artists from Lisbon, so go see why for yourself, or read our interview with him here.

The beauty of his work is that each piece evokes a memory through the use of tulle to show the movement of where the sculpture has been and hinting at where it will go next using this fluidity and freedom of color.

According to the artist, “When I was proposed to do this exhibition, the Reservoir of the Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras was my first choice, because the presence of water is crucial in a discourse on life, especially when the sculptures are transparent, and space becomes integral to them.”

to Sept 24 | PHOTOGRAPHY | Aimée Zito Lema’s “13 Shots” | Praça Espanha | FREE
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 24 | PHOTOGRAPHY | Aimée Zito Lema’s “13 Shots” | Praça Espanha | FREE @ Gulbenkian | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Dutch photographer Aimée Zito Lema collaborates with the Theatre of the Oppressed Group of Lisbon to bring you 13 shots — an exhibit of “works that explore various aspects of individual, social and political memory”.
The Gulbenkian Museum* hosts the show for the next 13 weeks (roughly), free of charge. Come make some new and learn some not so new memories. More here.
*Open 10h – 18h daily except Tuesday.

to Sept 30 | EXHIBITION | The Wonderful World of Mechanical Music | Alfama | 5€
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 30 | EXHIBITION | The Wonderful World of Mechanical Music | Alfama | 5€ @ Museu do Fado | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

This exhibition is based on the collection of Luís Cangueiro and is focused on Fado in mechanical instruments. Throughout the 20th century, people were intrigued by automatons, and music didn’t avoid this fad. There are countless automated music boxes, pianos, and even books that mix the creativity of man and the precision of machines.

to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Listening to the Waters: Works from the Schneider Collection and Portuguese Artists | Baixa | FREE
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 18:00
to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Listening to  the Waters: Works from the Schneider Collection and Portuguese Artists | Baixa | FREE @ Money Museum | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Is water a basic human right or a commodity to be monetized like most other natural resources? We don’t really know. What we do know is that the Money Museum has a multimedia show Listening to the waters, dedicated entirely to water. Which is just the right amount of weird for us.

*Entry to the museum is free.
For now.

to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Matheus Rocha Pitta’s “The Winner takes it all” | Laranjeiras | FREE
Aug 17 @ 10:00 – 19:30
to Sept 8 | ART EXHIBIT | Matheus Rocha Pitta's "The Winner takes it all" | Laranjeiras | FREE @ Carlos Carvalho AC | Lisboa | Portugal

Ever win so much that you get tired of winning, only to then win some more? Neither have we.
Anyway…
Matheus Rocha Pitta is a Brazil-born multimedia installation artist who, according to the organizers, “not following formal branches of knowledge, creates a territory of dissent itself.”
His new Lisbon show is called “The Winner Takes it All.”
We usually don’t follow formal branches of knowledge either, and are fans of dissent.
If you feel the same, come show some love. It’s free.
Gallery hours:
Mon-Fri: 10h – 19h30;
Sat: 12h – 19h30.
More deets here.

to Aug 19 | ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT | Maria Imaginário: “Marie Antoinette Says Au Revoir!” | Belém | FREE
Aug 17 @ 11:00 – 17:00
to Aug 19 | ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT | Maria Imaginário: “Marie Antoinette Says Au Revoir!” | Belém | FREE @ Projecto Travessa da Ermida | Lisboa | Lisboa | Portugal

Marie Antoinette supposedly said “Let them eat brioche!” (brioche being what some say is the French version of cake). Shortly there after, she said Au Revoir (which some say is the French version of “good bye”).
Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Maria Imaginário, who gained prominence by painting colorful ice cream and other tasty treats on the dilapidated buildings of Lisbon in 2005, has always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette. She often includes images of the tragic beauty in her work. Now Maria dedicates a whole exhibition to Marie, at Travessa da Ermida*, according to the organizers “the perfect place to create an environment of worship, cult and farewell to Marie Antoinette.”

Gallery hours are:
Mon-Fri: 11h – 17h.
Sat, Sun: 14h – 18h.

Free admission (ends August 19th).

*Stop by Pasteis de Belem right next door afterwards and indulge your inner bourgeoisie (whatever that means).

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