Until the 23rd of August, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents around two hundred works by 40 Portuguese artists produced between the beginning of the 20th century and today. The exhibition that brings together several renowned names in the arts is included in the Cultural Program of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lourdes Castro, Paula Rego, Ana Vieira, Salette Tavares, Helena Almeida, Joana Vasconcelos, Maria José Oliveira, Fernanda Fragateiro, Sónia Almeida and Grada Kilomba, among others, are some of the references that are heard and in the exhibition, represented through the most diverse arts such as painting, sculpture, drawing, object, book, installation, film and video.
With the aim of offering the public a broad image of their respective artistic universes, it is through Aurélia de Souza’s self-portrait, painted in 1900, that marks the starting point for a reflection on “a context of creation that for centuries was almost exclusively male. The exhibition follows a set of axes that reveal the artists’ will to assert themselves in the face of the dominant systems of consecration: the look, the body (their body, the body of others, the political body), space and mode how they occupy it (the house, nature, the studio), the way they cross disciplinary boundaries (painting and sculpture, but also video, performance, sound) or the determination with which they advance in the utopia of a transforming construction , of themselves and of what surrounds them”, reads in the presentation of the exhibition.
Everything I Want — Portuguese artists from 1900 to 2020, is inspired by Lou Andreas-Salomé, author who developed one of the most remarkable reflections on the place of women in the social, intellectual, sexual and loving space of the last centuries, thus situating , the artists selected in the spirit of subtlety, affirmation and power. It is, in this way, that the exhibition also intends to contribute to an importance and reflection on the reinforcement of the European social model, considering it to be one of the central priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, whose implementation also involves combating inequalities and valuing the Artist Woman.
This exhibition is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture with a curatorial project by the Gulbenkian Foundation and is curated by Helena de Freitas and Bruno Marchand.
Location: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Temporary Exhibition Gallery;
Opening hours: available from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Tuesdays;