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Het Nieuwe Instituut is offering an exclusive two day trip to attend the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Art on Display 1949-69 exhibition and conference at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019. 

This two day trip will offer Het Nieuwe Instituut Members, alongside selected guests (press, relations), a special insider's experience of the exhibition Art on Display 1949-69 with talks and a tour by the two curators Penelope Curtis (director of Gulbenkian Museum) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre). Furthermore the group will visit Lisbon Architecture Triennale: The Poetics of Reason.
Art on Display 1949-69 investigates the relationship between art, architecture and the public by focusing on art exhibitions designed by architects Aldo van Eyck, Lina Bo Bardi, Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Alison and Peter Smithson. 
Together with the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Het Nieuwe Instituut is organizing an afternoon about (re-)making exhibitions. Strategies for dealing with the question of reconstructing exhibitions and historic ways of looking at art will be discussed, as will the question of how design helps us to look at and be with art. Besides the two curators, Wouter Davidts (art and architecture historian), Guus Beumer (director of Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (architect, designer of exhibitions and partner of OMA) will engage in the conversation. The program will be followed by a private cocktail party.


Program Friday 8 November

11:00-12:30 Guided tour of the exhibition What is Ornament? at Culturgest
12:30-13:00 Subway from Campo Pequeno to Baixa-Chiado
13:00-14:00 Lunch in Chiado
14:00-15:30 MNAC: Guided tour of the exhibition Inner Space
15:30-17:30 Walk form Chiado to Campo de St Clara through Baixa and Alfama/Graça. City architecture tour
17:30-18:00 Break at Triennale headquartes - Palácio Sinel de Cordes
18:30-19:30 Palácio Sinel de Cordes: Guided tour of the exhibition Natural Beauty
20:00 Dinner at restaurant O Pitéu da Graça

Program Saturday 9 November

9:30 (Optional) breakfast at Pastelaria Versailles
13:30-14:30 Guided tour Art on Display by Curators Dirk van den Heuvel and Penelope Curtis
15:00-18:00 Conversations around the table: Making the Exhibition

Wouter Davidts (art- and architectural historician) in conversation with Penelope Curtis (director Calouste Gulbenkian Museum) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre).

Guus Beumer (director Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (architect, exhibition designer and partner of OMA).

Exclusive cocktail party with speakers and guests of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Architecture Triennale.


Lisbon, Portugal


Participation is free after registration
Travel and accommodation costs are not included
Please note that space is limited

Spaces are limited so sign up soon. Travel and accommodation are not included, but all programming for the weekend is free. Assistance in scheduling discounted accommodation is available for Members who sign up. 

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