Past exhibition at Lumiar Cité:

Sarat Maharaj

AAH Room

29.04. - 18.06.2017

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Sarat Maharaj is a well know art historian, curator and thinker based in London and Malmö. He is an authority on the oeuvre of Marcel Duchamp and James Joyce. Maharaj’s rather loosely defined project ‘AAH Room’ is based on his classroom back in the 1960s, when he studied Art History on Salisbury Island, Durban, in South Africa, at a university restricted by the apartheid regime to ‘Blacks of Indian origin’. The room developed at the time as a hybrid environment, privately exhibiting an ‘evolutionary ladder’ of artifacts, artworks and cultures undermining the insistence on a clear distinction applied by the apartheid government.

After the first presentation of the ‘AAH Room’ at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden, a new version was developed for Lisbon, including works by the artists Pedro Barateiro, Harun Farocki, Ângela Ferreira, Renée Green, Emil Westman Hertz, Roger Palmer, Allan Sekula and Heimo Zobernig, together with documentary material of different origins. All objects ‘furnish’ Maharaj’s art history classroom in order to re-create the space metaphorically at Lumiar Cité, rendering the room from the past in a contemporary context.

Internalized Eurocentric systems of classification, of organizing objects in categories or segregated compartments, suggest parallel universes and the display embodies their apartness. The interest at the exhibition at Lumiar Cité is what kind of counter-views and readings the display also open up, perhaps quiet unwittingly. The hybrid nature of the AAH Room is also reflected in the fact that it is both an exhibition space and a seminar room, where Sarat Maharaj, Ângela Ferreira and Manuela Ribeiro Sanches, among others, will lecture and discuss, in a set-up which invites us to think about how to deal with the decolonialisation of knowledge in an all-compassing knowledge society – a pansophic world? What mileage can be got out of the idea of art practice not as hard-nosed knowledge production, but its opposite – as knowledge ignorance, as the ‘Ignorantitis Sapiens’ mode?


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

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

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

Waldemar d’Orey
Something is missing
21.07. – 10.10.2021

Curator: Manuel Costa Cabral

11.09 | 17h Catalogue launch

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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