Erik Göngrich
The Beginning of the Misunderstanding

Lumiar Cité, Lisbon

The Beginning of the Misunderstanding is an archive that tells stories. Is a sculptural manifesto. Is a model of reality. Is a series of places and ideas. Questions the images that we have of built Modernism. Thinks about research studios as sculpture. Combines a collection of found uses of the public realm. Develops minimal billboard houses with maximum common space. Recognises an identity-giving potential for the future in historical memories. Is a source of inspiration and a working tool for a “more real reality”. Refers to planned cities and historical cities that have grown in time. Considers monuments as graphic signs or signposts. Has a sculptural view of public space. Asks which Modernism is still important to us today.

Erik Göngrich (1966, Kirchheimbolanden) is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. As a trained architect, he researches in his art how architecture influences our perception. He is interested in the mod- els of life under conditions which are defined by architecture and its articulation in urban contexts. Göngrich conducts comparative studies worldwide, seeking out parallelisms and differences in perception through interviews, the answers obtained inspiring his models and drawings. Göngrich has presented his work internationally at locations such as Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, the Shedhalle in Zurich, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa/Texas, the 9th Istanbul Biennial and he will be present at the upcoming Havana Biennial in Cuba in 2012.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Berlin International Film Festival
16.02. – 26.02.2023

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to admin@maumaus.org by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

17.12 | 17h00 Talk with Willem Oorebeek,

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

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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