Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoeger, Florian Zeyfang

Y - and half a year later there was a lot of concrete

19.11.2015 - 17.01.2016

Institute Above-Ground, 2015, video still / Vittorio Garatti archive

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A renowned American artist, on visiting Lumiar Cité in Alta de Lisboa, one of the last entirely new neighbourhoods to be built in Lisbon, commented that “good architecture does not have to be more expensive then what has been built here”.

The exhibition at Lumiar Cité displays sculptures evoking modular forms in concrete that are installed in dialogue with films and texts. The project is a collaboration between the Berlin-based artist and filmmaker Florian Zeyfang and Lisa Schmidt-Colinet and Alexander Schmoeger, members of the Viennese office schmidt-colinet.schmoeger dedicated to architecture and artistic research.

Besides the subtle references to earlier exhibitions at Lumiar Cité, Schmidt-Colinet, Schmoeger and Zeyfang translate their documentary and analytical project on housing construction initiatives in Cuba during the first years of Fidel Castro’s regime – with an emphasis on the phenomena of ‘microbrigadas’ – to the architectural characteristics and psychological resonances of the Lumiar Cité space itself and the Alta de Lisboa neighbourhood, an urban requalification project that blends social with free-market housing.

The exhibition evokes the ‘microbrigadas’ as a unique solution to address housing construction problems – reminiscent of the Portuguese SAAL project developed in the wake of the 1974 revolution –, and emphasizes the legacy of seeking aesthetically ambitious solutions, manifest in Vittorio Garatti’s ‘Instituto André Voisin’. However, it does not ignore the structural problems that have diluted the utopian promise.

Lisa Schmidt-Colinet and Alexander Schmoeger are architects living and working in Vienna. Florian Zeyfang is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. They have collaborated on projects and curated exhibitions that examine architecture and film in Cuba since 2003. They have exhibited spatial installations–incorporating slide and video projections–in Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Havana, Gdansk and Berlin, among others places. In the context of the 8th Havana Biennial they published ‘Pabellón Cuba, 4D – 4 Dimensions, 4 Decades’ (b_books, 2008) with Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, a compendium on art, architecture and film in Cuba. Recently, their work has also been presented at the Berlinale (2015 and 2013).

Coproduction with the Goethe-Institut Portugal within the framework of the Maumaus Residency Programme.


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Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


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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 by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

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1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

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Circle Navel Nil
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Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


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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,

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17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

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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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