THINKING ARTS. Exhibition Spaces | Reflexive Spaces. Museums, Academies and Galleries, today

The Philosophy Research Group of the Center for Philosophical and Humanistic Studies (CEFH) held  the second session of the THINKING ARTS Colloquium, which had as its theme: Exhibition Spaces | Reflective Spaces. Museums, Academies and Galleries, today. Invited speakers were José María Luzon and Mário Sequeira, under presentation and moderation of Augusto Soares da Silva and Yolanda Espiña.

This session was intended to address the challenges of the large traditional art exhibition spaces, in dialogue with the possibilities of new exhibition forms embodied in art galleries, which, in addition to the art market, although certainly linked to it, often assume a guiding function, particularly with regard to contemporary art. On the horizon of the International Day of Museums, celebrated on May 18, 2017, the session focused on a reflection on the relevance and role of traditional museums and academies in the context of this growing role of galleries. This general dialogue between museums, academies and galleries also addresses, therefore, the challenges that the extension of art and the arts to the exhibition space itself convokes, making it a reflective space.

The Colloquium had as invited speakers José María Luzón and Mário Sequeira. José María Luzón is an Academic and Director of the Museum of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, and Emeritus Professor of Archeology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He was Director of the Museo del Prado, Director of the National Museum of Archeology, and General Director of Fine Arts. Since 2007 he has been directing the International Excavation Project for Diana Arcaizante’s House in Pompei. Mario Sequeira is the founder and director of the art gallery that bears his name. Galeria Mário Sequeira, which consists of three different exhibition spaces and whose contemporary building was designed by the architect Carvalho Araújo, includes in its history the first individual exhibition of Andy Warhol in Portugal, among other individual and collective exhibitions of artists such as Richard Long – which led to several interventions in the gallery-, Franz West, Nan Goldin or Gerhard Richter. The exhibition program focuses on highlighting and supporting the work of national and international artists, emphasizing commissary practice, artist residency programs and educational projects.

May 24, 2017 | 9.00 p.m. | Aula Magna | FFCS | UCPCRB