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

25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner and Simon Thompson,

moderated by Jürgen Bock

Closed between 23.12 to 01.01

@ Tonio Kröner

Tonio Kröner, Ao descer a escada Há um degrau p’ra me sentar. Lumiar Cité, 2020.

A rather inflated title announces that the exhibition itself is addressed. The press is given the freedom to use the title as they see fit – be that the full title, the first two lines, any line… – within any appropriate layout for the context. It is a title that foresees that it will be cropped by institutional frameworks and conventions, suggesting the media assume their share in creating meaning. The Lumiar Cité/Maumaus webpage will indicate the full title.

Besides potentially disturbing the usual habits of cultural news agents and art critics, as well as the day-to-day of exhibition production habits of Maumaus/Lumiar Cité, the functioning of the gallery was scrutinised by Tonio Kröner (Germany,1983). The artist takes on the larger responsibility of running the space, where curatorial decisions and the production of individual artworks merged. The gallery logo has been moved and the exhibition title now occupies a rather large, central part of the glass façade, while the hand-out and list of works have been brought together on a poster based on a blown-up version of the gallery’s letterhead, which simultaneously features as the exhibition’s printed invite. The artist also selected a table and chairs so the gallery manager can take her place in the show. A rather dense prelude for what is to come.

Translations of time and renderings of techniques; gestural expressionism and pop phenomena from the late 1970s, early 1980s, which continue to resonate among different generations; two Muppets Show figures from an imaginary bunch of extras (the ones without character) and, when it comes to their presentation in the exhibition, literally speaking twice – one presented in the gallery in Alta de Lisboa and the other bored on a chair at the headquarter offices of the entity running the gallery in downtown Lisbon (Maumaus, mind the different opening times and addresses!) A number of paintings will be shown in the gallery, in their evocation of an author from the past, where a predominantly gestural expressionism turns in Kröner’s translation into tense paintings on a non-suitable medium of coarse jute canvases. The gallery walls are fully occupied: the paintings’ predominant reds tango with the brick walls of Lumiar Cité, the sizes of the evoked originals are adapted to fit in the space.

The title poem (a translation by Maumaus of the poem ‘Halfway Down’ by Alan Alexander Milne, published in 1924) might be understood as a leitmotif for Kröner’s negotiations of the phenomena of exhibition, painting, sculpture and the interior. Could the neither up nor down, the evocation of an unpopular place in the middle be a key to how to read the show? The transposition of gestural expressionism into a (cramped) conceptual gesture suggests a place in-between, an uncomfortable place, like a table in the middle of a restaurant where no one wants to sit. The apparent lack of a free flow of gestures and depths in Kröner’s expressionism allows him to bypass the problem of authenticity, enabling him to deal on his terms with a threshold period, when large-scale painting by men were the predominant artistic expressions and the Muppet’s Show was broadcast. Kröner was born after the late 1970s and knows about that time through hearsay and research, understanding it from today’s (his) perspective; it still resonates as a moment of change from decades of discipline and control, when definitions of good and evil were still seemingly clear, to current times of anxiety and identity. Besides all these suggestive elements, Kröner´s exhibition does not offer sensual elevation or hermetic depth: the references of the allegorical are for Kröner material to play and work with, from which he derives modes of aesthetical experience.

Tonio Kröner (1984) lives and works in Berlin. Notable among his solo and collective exhibitions are: ‘Tonio Kröner (ed.). ‘Silhouettes (With text contributions by Vanessa Place, Simon Thompson and Keaton Ventura), Vienna: Westphalie, 2017, English, 17 x 12 cm, 68 pages, 3 spot colour double-spreads, 580 ex., ISBN 978-3-903216-00-6. €9, free coffee’, Nousmoules (Vienna, 2018); ‘Is it language that they’re after? (keine*r antwortete.)’, Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna, 2018); ‘Something Stronger Than Me*’, WIELS (Brussels, 2017); ‘Emulate & Imitate’ (with Niklas Lichti), Ve.sch (Vienna, 2015); ‘I Hate my Village’, M1 Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung (Hohenlockstedt, 2014); ‘Vienna Complex’, Austrian Cultural Forum New York (New York, 2014) and ‘Bubbletearz’, WCW-Gallery (Hamburg, 2013).

The exhibition is a collaboration between Maumaus, Associação de S. Bartolomeu dos Alemães em Lisboa, and Goethe-Institut Portugal, in partnership with the Maumaus Residency Programme, and is part of the event Fogo Island Dialogues: Atlantic Codes (Lisbon, 08.-09.11.2019).


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


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


Book Launch
Alberto Toscano
Late Fascism: Race, Capitalism
and the Politics of Crisis (2023)

with Ruth Wilson Gilmore
and Alberto Toscano

11.06.2024, 19h00


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

Seminar 4
Turbid Media

with Esther Leslie

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 3, Zona de Congressos
19.–21.06.2024, 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

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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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