Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

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You gotta love a museum with a sense of humour. In the front of the entrance stands an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington sculpted by Carlo Marochetti. The statue has a traffic cone on its head. The cone has come to represent the city’s light-hearted attitude to authority in most tourist books. Continue reading “Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)”

Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis

When I learned about this gallery called ARTECHOUSE where they bring together art, science, and technology, I had to make my way there…even though it was in Washington, DC. Continue reading “Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis”

On Partial View by Laura Owen

On my recent trip to New York, I visited the newly designed Whitney Museum. Not really knowing how the collections were organized, I went to the top and decided to work my way down. There was a family in the elevator with me and they also had the same plan. I told them, I was going to do the same. Then, surprisingly, they asked me if I had seen another exhibit in New York that was getting rave reviews. I didn’t want to blow my cover that I was a visiting Canadian, and said, not yet. Continue reading “On Partial View by Laura Owen”

The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum

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The Temporary Andy Warhol Museum designed by LIKEarchitects is a cultural space within a commercial space. It was designed to host the exhibition “Andy Warhol—Icons | Psaier Artworks and the Factory,” which was open between April 11 and July 11 at the Colombo Shopping Mall in Lisbon and included a total of 32 original works by the American artist.

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The museological space avoids the idea of having neutral white exhibition spaces and relates to the exhibited artworks through the creation of a strong visual context that uses the artist’s imaginary.

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Metal paint cans serve to recreate an environment that is both pop and industrial. The expository structure, set in the central plaza of the mall, features an abstract exterior that is extremely appealing and assumes an iconographic character with clear links to Pop Art.

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The interior was designed as an enclosed introspective space, entirely defined by continuous walls, benefiting from a transparent cover in plastic screen. This cover has the dual function of allowing light to enter from the exterior and assuring the visual relationship between the two confronting spaces (museum/shopping mall).

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A fluid succession of four exhibition rooms, thematically organized, results in a new pathway that challenges the organic symmetry and rationality of the shopping mall’s main square.

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Like Warhol’s artwork, the museum reflects consumer society, but in a literal way through the raw aluminum of cylindrical cans.

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Having received more than 100,000 visitors, the Temporary Andy Warhol Museum sought to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of art, free and accessible to all visitors.