from April 25th to April 3rd 2016
The new prescriptions of mobility, speed and immediacy imposed by the forms of contemporary life and the new technologies have profoundly modified our perception and experience of time. Faced with the need to examine its representation, artists, situating themselves in an off time, a time apart from events, the media and the dominant here and now, have taken refuge in a conception of time as a construct of the self and in their poetic or political experimentation in order to reach a time redeemed through heterochrony. Complex in its manifestations, elusive and even capricious when it comes to capturing it, time has become an open creation that is revealed as a structure without structure, as an integration of symbolic, emotional and political variables that allow it to show itself in its many folds, forks and densities and in all its dimensions: historical, social, individual and emotional. The result is a great plurality of forms of representation with echoes of the infinite perceptions of experienced, remembered or projected time, which find a similar diversity in the act of reading. The viewer is now the person in charge of reactivating the layers of time held within the image. The works that make up this exhibition, directly or indirectly, literally, allegorically or metaphorically, have a temporal dimension, as their first objective or in the service of various conjectures and interests. All of them, as part of the Helga de Alvear Collection, have acquired a new sense of time, that of an abstract system by which the collector organizes the world, her world, and where they work as indexical marks of moments and experiences that link the time of Helga de Alvear to that of each work.
68 works in exhibition
FRANZ ACKERMANN | EIJA-LIISA AHTILA | AUGUSTO ALVES DA SILVA | JOHN BALDESSARI | RALF BERGER | CHRISTINE BOSHIER | SLATER BRADLEY | FERNANDO BRYCE | MAT COLLISHAW | JOSÉ PEDRO CROFT | SALOMÉ CUESTA | HANNE DARBOVEN | PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA | RINEKE DIJKSTRA | WILLIE DOHERTY | STAN DOUGLAS | OLAFUR ELIASSON | HANS-PETER FELDMANN | ROLAND FISCHER | SYLVIE FLEURY | HAMISH FULTON | ALEX HARTLEY | JOHN HILLIARD | REBECCA HORN | JONATHAN HOROWITZ | CRAIGIE HORSFIELD | MARTIN KIPPENBERGER | IMI KNOEBEL | THOMAS LOCHER | JUSTIN MATHERLY | GORDON MATTA-CLARK | TRACEY MOFFATT | YASUMASA MORIMURA | MABEL PALACÍN | BARBARA PROBST | GERHARD RICHTER | UGO RONDINONE | JAMES ROSENQUIST | KARIN SANDER | CINDY SHERMAN | KATHARINA SIEVERDING | HIROSHI SUGIMOTO | FIONA TAN | AMIKAM TOREN | FRANCESCO VEZZOLI | JORINDE VOIGT | JANE & LOUISE WILSON | JOHANNES WOHNSEIFER
Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, 1966.
Doctor in Art History from the University of Extremadura in 1995 with a thesis on Ortega Muñoz, which formed the basis for the book of the same title published by Caja Badajoz. She was a lecturer in the Department of Art History of the University of Extremadura (1995-1999) and of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2005-2006). From 1994-2007 she was Curator of the Museu do Chiado-Museo Nacional de Art Contemporânea and of the Culturgest in Lisboa. From there, she organised a number of individual exhibitions such as Rolando Sá Nogueira, Mário Eloy, Heim Semke, Ana Hatherly, and collective exhibitions such as Primeiros Modernismos em Portugal, A cor como experiência, Surrealismo em Portugal 1934-1952 and 1960-1980 Anos de normalização artística nas colecções do Museu do Chiado. She was a member of the curator team of the Art Contemporáneo fair, Foro Sur, in Cáceres.
She has done research work and has collaborated with texts in catalogues and journals about Portuguese art and artists: António Pedro, Jose de Almada Negreiros, Jorge Vieira, Ângela Ferreira, Susanne Themlitz and Augusto Alves da Silva. She has also worked on the three volumes of the catalogue of the collections of the Museu do Chiado (2011-2013).
She is a co-author of the first catalogues raisonnés produced in Portugal: Joaquim Rodrigo and Julião Sarmento. Edições numeradas. She has published research work on Spanish-Portuguese relations during the 20th century in specialist journals and in the catalogue of the exhibition De Picasso a Dalí. She has also collaborated with art journals including Arte Ibérica and Espaços, and in congresses and colloquiums.
In the field of museology she directed the course Producción de exposiciones temporales for the Portuguese Museums Network (2002-2005) and has collaborated with specialist journals and congresses such as museologia.pt, Revista de APHA, Studies in conservation and the minutes of the congress Modern Paints Uncovered (Getty, 2006) and ICOM-CC (2011). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the journal MIDAS (2012-2014) and collaborates with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in the joint direction of projects, masters and doctoral theses on documentation and conservation of contemporary art. She is currently joint director of the thesis Conservation y valorización de la Colección de fotografía y vídeo de Ângelo de Sousa and is a director member of the team for the research project Documentação da Art Contemporânea, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.