Xenakis and the Gulbenkian: exhibition

This exhibition of original documents from the Gulbenkian Archives aims to highlight the support that the Foundation gave to the creation and dissemination of the musical work of Iannis Xenakis, as well as the relations that this composer maintained with the Music Department, particularly with its first director, Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão.
Xenakis during the Course “Initiation to Composition” using the UPIC of CEMAMU (Unidade Poliagógica e Informática do Centro de Estudos de Matemática e Automática Musicais de Paris). Photo by Júlio de Almeida, June 9, 1982. Gulbenkian Archives COM F04-03233

The Art Library and Archives joins in the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the composer Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), evoked at Foundation through the exhibition “Révolutions Xenakis” (2 December 2022 to 27 March 2023) and the presentation of musical works by the artist. The Art Library and Archives presents a documentary exhibition consisting of a selection of sound recordings of concerts in which works by Xenakis were played and of conferences given by him; photographs of courses and events in which he took part; correspondence exchanged with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Music Department and with its first director, Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão (1923-1989); programmes and posters from seasons and performances; press cuttings. These documents show the relationship between the composer and the Foundation and reflect the type of support that the Foundation provided early on for the creation and dissemination of contemporary music: direct commissions of musical works, support for Festivals and other entities responsible for commissions, or even the presentation of contemporary musical works in its programming. This documentary exhibition includes some facsimiles of documents belonging to the family of Iannis Xenakis.

This exhibition includes some facsimiles of documents that belong to Iannis Xenakis’ family.

It runs from December 2, 2022 to March 27, 2023 and can be visited at the Art Library Hall.

Updated on 16 september 2022

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