The Maumaus Association was founded in 1992 as an institution focusing on teaching and promotion of contemporary art. The teaching component began as a School of Photography in the most classic sense, which soon developed into an internationally recognized Visual Arts School, where students gain experience in all possible techniques used in artistic expressions.Today the core activity of the Maumaus School comprises an Independent Study Programme that offers artists an intellectually dense and practically demanding “Think Tank” atmosphere after their studies and first experiences in the art field.

The ISP Programme seeks to instigate discussions on contemporary philosophies concerning phenomena of our being (from artistic, historical and art historical, political and sociological perspectives). Relevant issues raised in the Maumaus and Programme include: “The Author as Producer” (Walter Benjamin); aspects of Modernism and Modernity (T. J. Clark) and their myths of originality and Utopia; Modernity and Post-Modernity; Cultural Studies; Colonialism, Post and Neo-colonialism; and questions concerning the current status quo in art production, exhibition curating, art collecting and art criticism. Texts and essays by authors from different fields and works by artists and film makers are studied and discussed in terms of their general significance, as well as their specific relevance to the discourse of the participants in the programme. Site and context-specific exhibitions trigger - besides discussion on the exhibition as a theme in itself - examination of the participants’ own philosophies and the materialization of these philosophies into art in the context of exhibitions promoted by Maumaus.

During the programme, Maumaus offers regular classes enriched with a range of seminars. In addition, students have the opportunity of becoming involved in all activities at Maumaus, which produces exhibitions and publishes catalogues and books. It also produces films and runs an exhibition space on the outskirts of Lisbon and an International Artists in Residence Programme attached to its headquarters in central Lisbon.


Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 100 - 1º esq.
1150-227 Lisboa, Portugal

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55

Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal

Alan Read
The Dark Theatre:
Conditions of the Irreparable
11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Return of Mannerism: Art, Philosophy, Art History
23.-25.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 3pm to 7pm
and by appointment
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Onde descansar.
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.

Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!

Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

Upcoming exhibition:

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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