There is nothing to see in O Museu Invisível (The Invisible Museum). Its collection consists of descriptions of objects, experiences and situations “donated” by visitors to the Museum and is accessed by way of visits conducted by guides who recall these objects from memory. The works of the Invisible Museum can become distorted or even disappear depending on the memory — or the forgetfulness — of each of its guides. The Invisible Museum reinvents the exhibition space by making other possibilities visible, transforming the materiality of art objects and challenging their value and ownership. The Invisible Museum is not a building in itself, but it finds temporary shelter in other museums, such as in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Ben Evans e Luís Miguel Félix Creation, stage and production
Ekzena, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Zagreb (MSU), La Ferme du Buisson, Dimenti Produções Culturais Organisation in collaboration with and with support from
Thanks go to all of the guides of the Invisible Museum: Nino Bokan, Martina Granić, Marko Kalc e Nikolina Komljenović (Zagreb); Jean Delahaye e Julia Kamieniak (Paris); Bento Simas, Lisa Vietra, Vera Pessoa, Victor Corujeira (Salvador).
O Museu Invisível received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2013. First opened to the public at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), Croatia, October 2013.
Luís Miguel Félix (Braga, 1982) is a graduate of Theatre Studies from ESMAE in Porto, participated in the ex.e.r.ce choreographic research programme in 2008 designed by Xavier Le Roy in Montpellier and completed a Master’s degree in Critical Theory and Museum Studies tutored by Paul B. Preciado at MACBA, Barcelona, in 2014. He has created works in close collaboration with Xavier Le Roy, Juan Dominguez, Maria Jerez, Sidney Leoni, Ben Evans and Saša Asentić. He is currently based in Los Angeles where, alongside arts initiatives, he works in the field of Public Health of the LGBTQ community and participates in activities that aim to end the HIV epidemic.
Ben Evans (USA, 1982) is a graduate of Theatre Studies from Yale University and studied set design and movement at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris before completing his Master’s in Contemporary Performance at the University of Paris 8. He has worked as a performer and choreographer since 2010, having collaborated with Myriam Lefkowitz, Sidney Leoni, Maria Jerez and Xavier Le Roy. He is currently the Program Director and Curator at the ace / 121 Gallery in Los Angeles and is completing a post-graduate degree in Fiction and Entertainment at SCI-Arc, coordinated by Liam Young.
P DE DANÇA
Throughout two long weekends, dance returns to the auditoriums of the Foundation with the performance of two dozen works created over recent years with support from the Gulbenkian and with some making their very first appearance in Portugal. Program selection under the curatorship of João dos Santos Martins.PROGRAMME
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