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


Independent Study Programme
Call 2024
Until 03.09.2023


Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
30.09.2023, 19h00

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



Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal

The discussion will be in English.
Entry is free and limited to the number
of seats available.

Encounters between art and philosophy

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 3, Zona de Congressos
07.–08.05.2024, 11h–13h,14h–17h

Programme 5
True or false

Salam Cinema (1995)
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Auditorium 2
09.05.2024, 18h30


Programme 4

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Programme 2:
(de)framing the frame

Meeting the Man:
James Baldwin in Paris (1970)
by Terence Dixon

with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
and Kerstin Stakemeier

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 2
23.11.2023, 18h30

Programme 1:
space, place and memory

with Billy Woodberry
and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
13.10.2023, 18h30

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto


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.

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


Dozie Kanu
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

and Simon Thompson


Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina with Leslie Thornton & Thomas Zummer

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

Lumiar Cité
27.04. – 28.07.2024

Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg
18.05. – 28.07.2024

27.04. – 28.07.2024 | Lumiar Cité

18.05. – 28.07.2024 | Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg

A co-production by Lumiar Cité
and Artium Museum

14.10 | 17h00 Book launch with talk between

Alejandro Cesarco and
Miguel Wandschneider

| 18h00 Opening of the exhibition


Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


Lumiar Cité
14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar.

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