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Ana Hatherly and the Baroque

In a Garden Made of Ink


Until Mon, 15 January 2018
10:00 until 18:00

Closed on Tuesdays


Founder´s Collection Museum – Galleries and Lower Gallery
Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon
217 823 000
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This exhibition-essay has only one subject: Ana Hatherly and the Baroque. However, we will not focus solely on the influence of the Baroque on the artist’s work, but on how Ana Hatherly’s research and experimentation enhanced the value of this disparaged historical period and modified our concept of the past – after all, tradition is an unexplored territory of adventure and continual amazement. In this way, bringing together objects, artworks and documents from different historical periods, which Ana Hatherly analysed or mentioned in her essays, we organised an exhibition itinerary through the essential categories of the Baroque: the World as Labyrinth; the importance of the Playful; the Nothingness of Life before Death; the Allegory and the joy of Interpretation; the oblique Dialogue between painting and poetry; and the Metalanguage of the artwork that reflects itself.

There are as many entrances to this building as there were multiple declinations in Ana Hatherly’s work: essays and academic research; poetry and prose; drawings, re-collages, performances, films, television programmes… A labyrinth where everything revolves around the writing, as she said. That garden made from ink, where the artist reinvents the world walking among signs, is the enigmatic place of the game – and of this exhibition as a game.


Curator: Paulo Pires do Vale


About the exhibition


Additional activities

Guided tours

Talk with the curator Paulo Pires do Vale
Saturday, 14 October, 16:00
Wednesday, 13 December, 15:00
In Portuguese only

Guided tours
Saturday, 21 October, 11 November and 9 December, 15:00
In Portuguese only

Special tour
A look at the crossover between the exhibition Ana Hatherly and the Baroque. In a Garden Made of Ink and Ana Hatherly – Anagrammatic Territory with the curators Paulo Pires do Vale and João Silvério
Saturday, 2 December, 15:00 at the Founder’s Collection, before continuing on to the Fundação Carmona e Costa at 17:30 (a bus will be provided for the journey)
In Portuguese only

Drawing tour
The twists and turns of your name – an improbability calculator
Sunday, 3 December, 15:00

Open class session

What sort of relationship can an artist have with a period that has passed or is now “historical”?
With Paulo Pires do Vale and Maria João Branco
Part of the Master’s Aesthetics course programme at the Department of Philosophy, NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Saturday, 25 November, 14:30 – Founder’s Collection
In Portuguese only


Ana Hatherly and the Baroque
With Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Maria Filomena Molder and Paulo Pires do Vale (moderator)
Followed by the book launch of Ana Hatherly. Esperança e Desejo – Aspectos do Pensamento Utópico do Barroco (edition and preface by Ana Marques Gastão), presented by Isabel Morujão.
Saturday, 6 January, 16:00 – Art Library

Ana Hatherly – Anagrammatic Territory
With Fernando Aguiar and Maria Filomena Molder; moderated by João Silvério
Followed by the launch of the exhibition catalogue
Saturday, 13 January, 16:00 – Fundação Carmona e Costa

Cycle of films

Cycle of films by Ana Hatherly
Curated by Paulo Pires do Vale and João Silvério
Friday, 12 January, 16:00 – Modern Collection – Multipurpose Room

Promenade Concert

Homage to Ana Hatherly with works by de João Madureira based on poems by the artist, plus Baroque music
Sunday, 5 November, 16:00 – Founder’s Collection
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Guided tours for groups by previous booking only
In Portuguese or English
Booking: (+351) 217 823 800)

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