Seminar and Panel Discussion
Sabeth Buchmann
Curator versus Art History versus Art Criticism

Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Heimo Zobernig, exhibition view, Lumiar Cité, 2015

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The recent development of curatorship as a museological practice, as well as its affirmation as an autonomous field of research, has brought important transformations to the practices, methodologies and models of both Art History and Art Criticism. It is not a confron- tation or an opposition, but a transformation of the configuration of the territories of each of these disciplines.
These deferrals have established an understanding of art that helped charge the art exhibition with ethical and political values beyond distinct notions of the aesthetic and the nonaesthetic. The fact that the integration of critique in the form of guides, wall texts, panel discussions and screenings, have long raised debates about the art exhibition’s shift from the aesthetic to the didactic, lets us ask about the current legitimization of “common goods” (Tyzlik-Carver) within the expanding network between artistic/ curatorial, discursive/academic, and participatory/political projects. One popular strategy is rhetoric as “learning from.../unlearning” (see e.g. the current documenta) and “test run” (see Latour) referring to the uncertainties and insecurities of the global crisis that demands new methods and concepts.
The displacement of curatorial practices from a focus on the ideas of style, authorship and historical period, to a broader political and expanded idea of exhibition, has consequences that must be identified and discussed. Transformations are verified not only in the need to redefine the different fields of the disciplines dedicated to the visual arts, but also to revise the idea of museum, art and artist.

Sabeth Buchmann is an art historian and critic who lives and works in Berlin and Vienna. She is Professor of History of Modern and Postmodern Art at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). Together with Helmut Draxler, Clemens Krümmel, and Susanne Leeb she co-edits PoLyPen, a series on art criticism and political theory, published by b books, Berlin). Recent publications include: Putting Rehearsals to the Test. Practices of Rehearsal in Fine Arts, Film. Theater, Theory, and Politics (co-ed. with Ilse Lafer and Constanze Ruhm, 2016); Textile Theorien der Moderne. Alois Riegl in der Kunstkritik (ed. with Rike Frank, 2015); Hélio Oiticica, Neville D’Almeida and others: Block-Experiments in Cosmococa (with Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, 2013); Film Avantgarde Biopolitik (ed. with Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene, 2009); Denken gegen das Denken. Produktion – Technologie – Subjektivität bei Sol LeWitt, Yvonne Rainer und Hélio Oiticica (2007); Art After Conceptual Art (ed. with Alexander Alberrro, 2006).

Monday (29.05.) 17h–19h, Tuesday (30.05.) 14h30–18h30, Wednesday (31.05.) 11h–14h

Panel Discussion
with Sabeth Buchmann, Joana Cunha Leal and João Ribas, moderated by Jürgen Bock, Wednesday (31.05.) 18h

Auditorium Goethe-Institut Portugal
Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 37, 1169-016 Lisbon


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

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

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Sjoerd van Tuinen

The Politics of Resentment

23, 25, 26.03.2021
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h


Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Politics of Resentment
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h

The seminar will take place online only.

Milan Ther

From One Institution to Another: Presenting Situated Aesthetics



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, 15h00 to 19h00
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

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

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.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock

Veit Stratmann
13.11.2021 – 30.01.2022

Lumiar Cité is closed for the summer break between 16 and 31 August.

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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