Tobi Maier
Migração, a Cidade como Constelação e a eminência das pequenas escalas

Lumiar Cité

André Trindade / Filipa Cordeiro, Verão Eterno, 2013, video still

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Based on the exhibition “Verão Eterno” by the artists André Trindade and Filipa Cordeiro, which includes works produced in Brazil in 2012 and 2013, Tobi Maier discusses ideas on migration, cultural policy in Brazil and the modus operandi of the constellation of exhibitions in the city during the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2012).

The current Brazilian population is ten times larger than it was at the turn of the 20th century, but the number of immigrants in Brazil is half of that in 1900. As the anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro mentioned in “O Povo Brasileiro” (1995), on the apparent homogeneity of the Brazilian population, the only exception in a “uni­ethnic sitate are the numerous tribal microethnicities, so imponderable that their existence does not affect the national destiny”. Despite the existence of a Ministry of Culture, the system that supports culture in Brazil is based on an incentive law that favours the visibility of major brands which, in turn, support the most popular projects, a process that is detrimental to work on a smaller scale that elicits debate and critique. However, the 30th São Paulo Biennial collaborated with various venues of different sizes, offering artists the opportunity to work similarly with collections and historical architecture on a smaller scale.

So how can we work on a small scale and receive a vote of confidence from the people who choose to live with us? How can the city and its institutions work in a network, in a constellation, and create a discourse that promotes access and diversity, among other things?

Tobi Maier lives in São Paulo, working as a writer and curator, and was associate curator of the 30th São Paulo Biennial (2011­-2012). Previously, he has curated the MINI / Goethe­Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 (2008-­2011) in New York and the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2006-­2008) in Frankfurt.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
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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
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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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