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Luminous Matter 

15 september 2021 to 9 january 2022
Museu Coleção Berardo - Arte Moderna e Contemporânea
Luminous Matter 

Luminous Matter explores light-based approaches by means of an itinerary through artistic practices in Portugal, from the mid-1960s until today. Featuring thirty-eight artists, the exhibition assembles a very diversified set of art forms, as well as trends, aesthetic processes, and conceptual stances. Being an essential theme, present throughout the history of art and, correlatively, of the image, light is examined in its multiple meanings, as a material and means of visual expression, as an aesthetic, poetic, and allegoric motif, and as an integral part of a culture that is becoming more and more imbricated with technological systems.
The exhibition includes a significant number of works that make use of a broad spectrum of lighting materials and devices. These are pieces that require activation, that are energy conductors, that need electricity in order to emit and irradiate, in the sense that their plastic power transcends the limits of their physicality.


Curator: Sérgio Mah