Top Reasons to Revisit MAAT

We're talking about Ernesto Neto's new installation, which is already creating a big buzz in the museum's Oval Gallery. But there's also an invitation to explore human complexity, photographic exhibitions, and even a special Brazilian-flavoured menu.

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The museum, always brimming with fresh ideas, often hosts exhibitions that go beyond mere displays; they are immersive experiences where the audience feels part of the artwork, touched – literally and metaphorically – by it, inviting deep reflection well beyond the visit. Every moment is a good one to visit MAAT museum, but the new features we found will quickly carve out a spot in your diary.

Ernesto Neto in all his glory

The renowned Brazilian artist is showcasing his work with all the pomp and circumstance in the MAAT's Oval Gallery. In Nosso Barco Tambor Terra, Neto creates one of the largest sculptures of his career, taking over the entire space. The starting point is the historical and symbolic connection of the museum's location – from which the Portuguese caravels departed for the Americas.

Using canvases and ropes, Neto creates an installation where the viewer not only observes but also explores and feels the installation, like "a dance," as the artist himself describes it, where the bodies of the public and the works touch. Conceptually, Neto aimed to allude to themes such as the relationship between sky and earth, the alignment of nature's forces, and the connection between the two continents, which also materialises in this exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, there will be talks, concerts, workshops, and other events. The full programme can be found here.

Nosso Barco Tambor Terra, from May to October, at MAAT.

What inspires Ernesto Neto?

When we said "Nosso Barco Tambor Terra" was an immersive experience, we weren't exaggerating. Until October, MAAT is hosting a vibrant programme that includes concerts, talks, workshops, and a book club featuring books that inspired Ernesto Neto, like Silvia Federici's "Caliban and the Witch" and Emanuele Coccia's "The Life of Plants," with sessions moderated by Marta Lança, editor, programmer, and founder of the BUALA portal. From Afro-Brazilian rhythms to the artistic and social practices of the Huni Kuin people, "Nosso Barco Tambor Terra" offers a variety of journeys.

A Brazilian-flavoured menu

Ernesto Neto's exhibition is the inspiration for a tasting menu created by chef Natanael Silva, with wine pairings suggested by sommelier Dragomir Ivanov. As expected, Brazil is the star of the show, as the artist's home country. The secret is to explore, but there will be a Brazilian Table Feast featuring picanha, black beans, and plantains, and a dessert called Union of Neighbouring Countries with pear poached in port wine and spices, minas cheese, and guava paste. The menu requires a reservation, but you can choose the Brazilian Table Feast or try the Jorge Amado cocktail without one.

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More reasons to visit MAAT

Until August 26, MAAT Central invites all visitors to explore human complexity and dignity, both social and artistic, through the exhibition Procissão: Louvar e Santificar. In partnership with Manicómio  (mental hospital in English), the show gathers works by Anabela Soares, Cláudia R. Sampaio, Filipe Cerqueira, Joana Ramalho, Micaela Fikoff, and Pedro Ventura, celebrating madness as a path to discovery and enlightenment. The public follows a procession, symbolising the journey of the "Mad People," and is invited to reflect on themes such as mental health and destiny.

Luísa Jacinto presents Shining Indifference, where the audience is challenged to test the limits of vision through observation, intuition, and attention. In the Cinzeiro 8 space, Jacinto uses various materials and supports to test the boundaries of painting, sculpture, and installation. The exhibition will be in Cinzeiro 8, MAAT's experimental space, until September 2.

Mar Aberto brings us the eye and talent of French photographer Nicolas Floc’h in a large-scale exhibition of the artist's collection. At MAAT, the artist has found a home for his creation "The Colour of Water – Tagus River," a composition of 408 photographs of the river and its multiple tones. The exhibition is available until August 26.

And if, after all this, you feel like "Today Wasn't Enough," the Hoje soube-me a pouco exhibition features numerous works from the post-revolution period, where political and social change brought greater diversity. This show, running until August 26, presents dozens of artists in an exhibition where the beginning of Portuguese democracy is the theme, but where works and inspirations from the 25th of April to the present day can be found.

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