Renée Green



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“How can we grasp the ungraspable character of passing? How can we grasp the pure conjunction of passing and presence, fleeing and stasis?”
Jean-Luc Nancy

In Renée Greenʼs third solo exhibition in Lisbon, the artist continues her radical exploration of aesthetic and linguistic forms. Probing questions and forms of being alive, living, inhabitation, space, time and distance, Spacing continues Greenʼs ongoing examination of cities and people we feel and think with, as well as spaces and places that generate conditions for feeling, thinking and wonder.

Developed for Lumiar Cité, the exhibition Spacing brings together recent works, and premieres Walking in NYL (2016), the latest iteration of a series of films initiated in 1992 with Tracing Lusitania, Greenʼs durational and accretive project showcasing the artistʼs ongoing interests and relationships with the city of Lisbon and the Lusophone world. In Walking in NYL, writing and the varieties of voices it invokes provide a mysterious passage through the highly sensorial streets of the city of NYL.

At the core of the exhibition resides the film Begin Again, Begin Again (2015), a meditation on propulsive drives of live organisms, including humans; the film is a probing passage through forms of inhabiting, occupying, and myriad sensations and perceptions that flow through the process of staying alive. The architect R.M. Schindler is invoked via his 1912 Manifesto, Modern Architecture: A Program, yet the numbered pronouncements are interrupted by another consciousnessʼ musings on the strangeness of survival. Questions of configurations, architectures, and spaces emerge in relation to people and subjectivities that exist in the world: What is inherited and what is made, gained, lost, and transmuted through time, amid change and migrations, amid contestation, repetition and difference, or imagined as utopian, even when violent? What efforts do live creatures exert to begin again?

Also present in the exhibition space is Relations (2009), and Greenʼs Space Poem #5 (Years & Afters) (2015), a group of hanging banners that provide a colorful and contrapunctal “chronomorphic poesy,” a poesy enhanced by a series of letterpress and digital prints; these elements are complemented by a careful selection of the artistʼs repertoire of films - Climates and Paradoxes (2005), Come Closer (2008), Endless Dreams and Water Between (2009), and Excess (2009), adding yet another layer to the complex web of associations stimulated by the exhibition.
In Spacing, Renée Green continues to play with variables of time and location, space and things, amongst reflections on relays, delays, movement, exile, migration, displacement and reinvention, all allowing for the contemplation of what arises amid particular combinations in a variety of conditions.

“This technique, this art, this calculated operation, this procedure, this artifice, produces something not with a view to something else or to a use, but with a view to its production alone, its exposition.”
Jean-Luc Nancy

Renée Green lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York. Her work has been widely presented in museums, biennials, and festivals around the world, among them the MAK Center for Art + Architecture at the Schindler House (Los Angeles), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts (Lausanne), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Portikus (Frankfurt), Secession (Vienna), MOCA (Los Angeles), MACBA (Barcelona), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), ICA (London), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Manifesta 7 (Trentino) and Documenta 11 (Kassel). A selection of her books includes Other Planes of There: Selected Writings (2014), Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams (2010), Ongoing Becomings (2009), Between and Including (2001), and Shadows and Signals (2000); Green is also the editor of Negotiations in the Contact Zone (2003), published in English and Portuguese under the auspices of Maumaus. Greenʼs essays and fiction have appeared in magazines and journals such as Frieze, Transition, October, Texte zur Kunst and Collapse. Renée Green is Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, School of Architecture and Planning.


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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