8 April 2019

Virtual Display

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Museum, Art on Display takes as its starting point the display solutions elaborated for the opening of the Museum in 1969. Our exhibition will offer the viewer the chance to contrast the museum with other ways of looking at and being with art, made in the same years in Italy, Britain, Holland and Brazil. It recreates aspects and sections of some of the key exhibition designs of the period. It will also be accompanied by some archival material which shows how the Museum looked at the beginning, and suggests some links with other classic solutions found elsewhere.

Virtual Display should present an additional way of looking at and thinking about display; alternative and complementary readings based on new media technologies. The project celebrates the museum space and should help to establish a strong relation between the Museum itself and the temporary exhibition Art on Display. This complementary reading would help to amplify the exhibition’s historical context as well as its contemporary relevance. Using the future to celebrate the past.

In order to create a new generation reading of the Art on Display exhibition, the two emerging architects will have the chance to develop the parallel project Virtual Display engaged with the theme of the exhibition. Those selected should address the museum content, with visuals, including digitalized archive material, on-site photography, and reconstructed computer realisations and, working together with exhibition curators, create a new tool combining historic analogue material with new media.

This is an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as a member of the Future Architecture Platform, a project that is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the selected candidates are the following:


Benart Shala (Prishtina, Kosovo)

Architecture through the butterfly effectBenart Shala takes architecture through extremes that the naked eye cannot see. A synthesis of architecture with psychology and logic derived from his research years devoted to defining the undefined in architecture. To live or to relive the feeling architecture gives us. To exploit the materials of architecture itself. To offer more than one perspective to achieve better understanding.


Vojtěch Rada (Prague, Czech Republic)

The Crimson Clouds: SequelVojtěch Rada seems to create environments reflecting his extensive artistic education: he studied at the Department of Architecture (the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design; and the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Prague), the Department of Sculpture (the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design) and the Department of Game Design (Zurich University of the Arts), and he combines all the disciplines in his artistic practice


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Updated on 10 May 2019