Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 06.10.2019

Tiffany Chung, 1972 Thủ Thiêm Development Plan by US AID (Agency for International Development), 2013, detail. Courtesy of the artist and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York.

Tiffany Chung, 1972 Thủ Thiêm Development Plan by US AID (Agency for International Development), 2013, detail

The material residues of past eras and empires have long been the focus of archaeology. Tricks of the trade include poking and picking that reshuffles historical sediments – layers of history and objects embedded in the soil – unearthing artefacts that don’t necessarily reveal a greater message than their own material presence. These objects are mute and while some of them implore us to examine them further, we still can’t discern from which depths of history these pleas emanate or even what they are trying to say to us.

In her first exhibition in Portugal, the Vietnamese-American artist Tiffany Chung presents Thủ Thiêm: an archaeological project for future remembrance at Lumiar Cité. Chung excavates ruins and urban waste to reveal objects: children’s shoes, window frames, tiles and the like. The artist’s excavation site, called Thủ Thiêm, is an old city quarter in Saigon (Vietnam). The objects that Chung encounters in her archaeological exploration aren’t necessarily exceptional things. They are rather trivial witnesses of an everyday and bygone life that still resonates within the objects: they ‘tell’ us of the presence of the French colonial power in Indochina, just as they speak of the sentimental value of a porcelain rice bowl. Chung also deploys the medium of the ‘map’ as a tool for her artistic creations. The maps of early European explorers were initially characterised by blank spaces, which, little by little, were filled in. Without the discipline of cartography, the entire project of the modern, of appro- priation, surveying and plundering (some parts) of the world and by extension of rewriting the landscape – would all have been well nigh impossible. Maps are not neutral documents; they have a centre from which they determine proportions and relationships of the whole.

Thủ Thiêm once was a lively quarter, an urban organism, which was overwritten – through a masterplan, an optimistic makeover of the urban space, an exhaustive transformation that left nothing as it was before and tore at the social structures. This masterplan creates a type of tabula rasa and effaced history is met by the artist with a different plan: an artistic mapping that simultaneously captures the spiritual and historical dimensions of a place.

Tiffany Chung lives and works in Houston (USA). Recent projects and solo exhibitions include: ‘Vietnam, Past Is Prologue’, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC); ‘Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter’, MoMA (New York); ‘All The World’s Futures’, 56th Venice Biennale; ‘IMPERMANENCIA Mutable Art in a Materialist Society’, XIII Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador); 10th Taipei Biennial (Taiwan); ‘Still (The) Barbarians’, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial; ‘Illumination’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk); ‘Sonsbeek’, Museum Arnhem (Netherlands); ‘Our Land/Alien Territory’, Central Manege (Moscow); ‘My Voice Would Reach You’, Rice University & Museum of Fine Arts (Houston); ‘Residual: Disrupted Choreographies’, Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain (Nîmes, France); Sharjah Biennial 11 (United Arab Emirates); California Pacific Triennial (Newport Beach); 7th Asia Pacifc Triennial (Brisbane); and ‘Six Lines of Flight’, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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

Programme 5
True or false
Salam Cinema (1995)
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Auditorium 2
09.05.2024, 18h30

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 2, Zona de Congressos
14.–15.02.2024, 11h–13h,14h–17h


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


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Cosima von Bonin
Boy at Work
15.04. – 23.07.2023

15.04 | 17h00 Opening of the exhibition

20.07 | 19h00 Talk by Diedrich Diederichsen

Dozie Kanu
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

and Simon Thompson


a conversation between
Dozie Kanu and Simon Thompson
16.03.2024, 17h00


Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina with Leslie Thornton & Thomas Zummer
once in a hundred years

27.04. – 28.07.2024 | Lumiar Cité

18.05. – 28.07.2024 | Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and 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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