The Maumaus Association was founded in 1992 as an institution focusing on teaching and promotion of contemporary art. The teaching component began as a School of Photography in the most classic sense, which soon developed into an internationally recognized Visual Arts School, where students gain experience in all possible techniques used in artistic expressions.Today the core activity of the Maumaus School comprises an Independent Study Programme that offers artists an intellectually dense and practically demanding “Think Tank” atmosphere after their studies and first experiences in the art field.

The ISP Programme seeks to instigate discussions on contemporary philosophies concerning phenomena of our being (from artistic, historical and art historical, political and sociological perspectives). Relevant issues raised in the Maumaus and Programme include: “The Author as Producer” (Walter Benjamin); aspects of Modernism and Modernity (T. J. Clark) and their myths of originality and Utopia; Modernity and Post-Modernity; Cultural Studies; Colonialism, Post and Neo-colonialism; and questions concerning the current status quo in art production, exhibition curating, art collecting and art criticism. Texts and essays by authors from different fields and works by artists and film makers are studied and discussed in terms of their general significance, as well as their specific relevance to the discourse of the participants in the programme. Site and context-specific exhibitions trigger - besides discussion on the exhibition as a theme in itself - examination of the participants’ own philosophies and the materialization of these philosophies into art in the context of exhibitions promoted by Maumaus.

During the programme, Maumaus offers regular classes enriched with a range of seminars. In addition, students have the opportunity of becoming involved in all activities at Maumaus, which produces exhibitions and publishes catalogues and books. It also produces films and runs an exhibition space on the outskirts of Lisbon and an International Artists in Residence Programme attached to its headquarters in central Lisbon.


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 2023
Until 04.09.2022


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

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

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


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
extended until 26.03.2023


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


Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


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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