Plug-in, a solo exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos, brings together new works, some of the iconic pieces produced by the artist since 2000, and works from the EDP Foundation Art Collection, while establishing a dialogue between electricity heritage, technology, and the plastic arts. The exhibition opens to the public on September 29 at MAAT.
Plug-in takes place in both museum buildings, now known as MAAT Central and MAAT Gallery. In the former, the artist presents Árvore da Vida [Tree of Life] (2023), created in the context of the Portugal-France Cross Season and now adapted to the Tejo Power Station Generators Room. At MAAT Gallery, a total of seven works will be presented: the brand new Drag Race (2023), which establishes a dialogue with War Games (2011), two conventional vehicles transformed into works of art, the first exuberantly ornamented with gilded carvings and feathers and the second covered with toy rifles and stuffed with stuffed toys. Two pieces that were featured at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will be presented for the first time in Lisbon: the mirror mask popularised with the title I’ll Be Your Mirror (2019) and the gigantic Solitaire ring (2018), which will be installed outside the museum. From Asia comes the tentacular textile sculpture Valkyrie Octopus created in 2015 for the casino MGM Macau; for the first time in Europe, it will be hung in the Oval Gallery.
Wednesday to Monday, 10 am to 7 pm
Curator: João Pinharanda