Most museums in Lisbon re-opened April 5, and theaters, cinemas, and live music venues on  April 19. Read more here. NOTE: Hours are changing constantly and shows still get cancelled, so please check with the organizers.

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to Sept 6 | ART | AQUARIA — ​​​​​​​Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea | €9 | Belém

April 5 - September 6

Works from Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Julien Creuzet, Simon Denny, Marjolijn Dijckman & Toril Johannessen, Michela de Mattei, Alice dos Reis, Eva Jack, Joan Jonas, Armin Linke, Superflex and Stef Veldhuis.

From the organizers:

Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea is an exhibition that looks at how the ocean has washed up inside our cities, homes and cultural institutions, and questions how we have interiorised the notion of an ocean kingdom.

Invented in the Victorian age, the aquarium as object embodies the nature/culture divide, and continues to constitute an ocean diorama, a self-contained world and a techno-natural assemblage, home to a living collection mirroring our own personal yet fictional marine world.

After months confined to our homes, we too have metaphorically floated around isolated techno-tanks of our own making: our fishbowl existence now begs comparison with the artificial aquatic dimension, once more questioning our terracentric relationship with the oceansphere.

Hence, the aquarium – whether the domestic object or the public venue – is viewed as the conceptual element that allows us to lay bare the hierarchical mechanisms that have underpinned our culture of living outside of nature: how should we intervene in this world-making process that occurs when our vision becomes limited by what we see?”

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