João Penalva


29.09. - 09.12.2018

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In his solo exhibition at Lumiar Cité, João Penalva alludes to the work of the artist Stanley Brouwn (Paramaribo, Suriname, 1935 - Amsterdam, 2017) through measuring tools and devices, photographs, artist’s books and other publications.
The exhibition is accompanied with the artist's book 170 x 205 mm, published by Maumaus / Lumiar Cité in a signed and numbered limited edition of 300 copies and 30 artist’s proofs.
Drawing on such varied media as video, film and slides projections, sound installations, artist's books, drawing or painting, João Penalva's work approaches different narrative techniques through a precise articulation between object, image, text, language and sound, always composed with an audience in mind, who should untangle them with the greatest freedom of interpretation.
At the origin of these narratives, where fact and fiction coexist easily, are often found objects and artefacts that the artist fictionalizes as characters in the frame of large-scale installations or in more intimate works.
João Penalva has lived in London since studying at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after a career as a dancer with the companies of Jean Pomarés, Pina Bausch and Gerhard Bohner.

João Penalva (Lisbon, 1949) represented Portugal in the Venice Biennale (2001) and the São Paulo Biennial (1996). He exhibited also in the Biennale of Sydney (2002) and the Berlin Biennale (2001).
He was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artists Residency in 2003.
Solo exhibitions include: Culturgest (Porto, 2018); Mudam, Musée d’Art Moderne (Luxemburg, 2018); Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2014); Royal Festival Hall (London, 2013; Kunsthallen Brandts, (Odense, 2013); Berlinische Galerie (Berlin, 2012); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (2011); Lunds Konsthall (Lund, 2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, 2006); Ludwig Museum (Budapest, 2005); Serralves Museum (Porto, 2005); The Power Plant (Toronto, 2003); Tramway (Glasgow, 2000); Camden Arts Centre (London, 2000); and Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 1999).
His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in institutions such as: Haus der Kunst (Munich); Museum Folkwang (Essen); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 (Düsseldorf); Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei); KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki); Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne); Wellcome Collection, Hayward Gallery, and Tate Modern (London).


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


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


Kerstin Stakemeier
(Un)Romantic Sex
11h–13h, 14h–17h


Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 31.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

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
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Ana Jotta
05.03. – 31.07.2022

14.05 | 17h Guided tour and conversation

with the artist

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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