Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
extended until 26.03.2023

17.12 | 17h00 Talk with Willem Oorebeek, Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock
17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

Willem Oorebeek, Obstakle, 2022, vinyl on glass

Willem Oorebeek, Obstakle, 2022, vinyl on glass

Willem Oorebeek’s practice is rooted in an in-depth investigation of typefaces, texts and images in print media, and manifests itself in carefully developed artworks, installations and exhibitions. Through his distinctive modus operandi, Oorebeek has achieved a unique position in the international universe of contemporary art.

In his solo exhibition at Lumiar Cité, Willem Oorebeek presents a set of works carefully chosen or produced considering the specific conditions of the exhibition space. Oorebeek’s interventions unfold around slogans, popular print aesthetics and political communication with works presented inside the gallery, on its large glass façade and in the surrounding area.

While the gallery’s glass façade presents a large-scale vinyl advertising a famous political statement visually, while its content is absurdly inverted, the multiple prints inside invite a close scrutiny of the conditions of the portrayed and the aesthetic issues that the communicative structures of election posters evoke. They also draw attention to the design decisions regarding the use of typefaces and images to achieve specific goals, which remind us of how communicative structures are understood and applied by producers who wrap (political) messages in such a way they are instantly decipherable. In current times of an apparent addiction to information the recognisability of a specific genre – be it political campaigns, edited press releases or exhibition invitation cards – seems to be crucial for what is considered efficient communication. Art, and some forms of advertising, allow for or knowingly apply what could be detours, leading to deferred understandings of the messages conveyed. Other areas cannot afford such detours, as their messages need to be understood immediately, which is the eternal modern problem of attempting to overcome the inherent ambiguity of language and signs.

We incessantly produce pictures in our here and now, of our worlds, but to which extent do these in turn construct our worlds? Through elaborate processes of repetition and superimposition, Oorebeek speculates on the position of the portrait in art history, making visible power dynamics and means by which these are communicated. Also visible is the voluntary vulnerability of the portrayed, who find themselves in front of a camera in multiple ways: how they are, how they want to be perceived and how the photographer and designer perceives them.

Willem Oorebeek (Pernis, The Netherlands, 1953) lives and works in Brussels. In 1997, he represented The Netherlands at the 47th Venice Biennale alongside Aernout Mik. Notable numerous solo exhibitions include those at Greylight Projects (Heerlen, 2020), Sundogs (Paris, 2018), Yale Union (Portland, 2015), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2015, 1996-1999, 1988), Culturgest (Lisbon, 2008) and Stedelijk Museum (Ghent, 2006). His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Generali Foundation (Vienna), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg), Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), Triennale India (New Delhi), Taipei Bienial and Witte de With (Rotterdam).


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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