(exhibitions, concerts, performances)
ROBERT MONAGHAN: MOVING MARBLE. Torre do Castelo de Evoramonte, Portugal. 2 September – 28 October 2023. Info on the opening will follow soon.
Humans needed less than a century to dig their way through marble rocks that were formed millions of years earlier. Three decades ago, they abandoned most of these quarries, leaving behind holes that resemble lunar craters at times, and inverted cathedrals at others. Hesitantly, nature returns, sometimes in the form of a tiny tree, sometimes as a lush paradise.
Knight, researcher and artist: Robert Monaghan seeks contact with this unknown world. This exhibition documents his findings, his feelings and his vision, bringing together videos, photos, small installations and a soundscape.
STEFANO FALCONE: obras. A piano concert as part of the Artes á Rua festival, in August in Evora. (this concert was scheduled for 2023, but for that year the festival was cancelled).
OSAMU GIOVANNI MICICO. 1584: Japan visits Portugal (working title).
In 1584 four young Japanese priests visited Vila Viçosa as part of a European journey to learn more about Christianity. The Japanese painter Osamu Giovanni Micico (who had a residency at OBRAS in August 2020) is working on a series of paintings that shows this visit, but brought into a contemporary setting of spiritual and intercultural contacts.
Apart from the paintings by Osamu Micico, related historical artefacts will be exhibited, including documents and life size copies of 16th century paintings showing the Japanese visit, that are in the collection of Museu Antiga in Lisbon. The Japanese delegation also visited Rome and Tintoretto made paintings of that event. Also copies of these paintings may be included. For the realization of this exhibition a collaboration was started with the Bragança Foundation.
A traveling exhibition is considered starting in 2023, on locations in Portugal that are related to the visit of the Japanese priests. In 2024 the exhibition is intended to travel to other several places in Italy and Japan.
Évora Cultural Capital of Europe
On 7 December 2022 the EC decided that Evora will become the European Capital of Culture in 2027. A great achievement and a great challenge for “our” city. According to the jury, key for this victory was the theme that Evora choose: “vagar”, which means “slow”. It refers to the vision that “slow” can bring quality in daily live.
We are in contact with the organizers and are considering how to participate. Suggestions are welcome.
OBRAS organized several events in the period 2004-2023:
INGRID SIMONS: Onde cresce a esteva – A luz do Alentejo [Where the rock-rose grows – The light of Alentejo]. Exhibition with Ingrid Simons, in the Frei Manuel do Cenáculo National Museum, Evora.
22 April - 29 May 2023.
Ingrid Simons shows recent works, most of them made at OBRAS and inspired by the light of Alentejo. The show includes oil paintings, ceramics and graphic work. The ceramic work was made in collaboration with Luis Rosado and Xico Tarefa. The exhibition is produced and curated by the museum.
INGRID SIMONS. Ressonância da Terra. With Ingrid Simons (Holland): paintings and ceramics. Galería D. Diniz, (Municipal Museum) Estremoz. 7 May - 25 June.
The Mirror Between Us. With Sherry Wiggins (USA) and Luís Branco (Portugal). A photo exhibition about the archetype of a middle-aged woman in a mythical landscape. Igreja de S Vicente, Evora; 16 April - 4 June 2022. On the opening: Saturday 16 April a musical contribution was given by Andreia Vaz (violine).
O riso dos necrófagos. 7- 13 September: rehearsals for a musical theatre production by Teatro GRIOT.
Directing, text, staging: Zia Soares. Actors: Benvindo Fonseca, Vera Cruz, Marcus Veiga, Binete Undonque, Daniel Martinho, Nuno Santos, Gio Lourenço ans Zia Soares. Music: Mick Trovoada. Composition and sound design: Nuno Santos. Scenery and costumes: Neusa Trovoada. Choreography: Lucília Raimundo. Video and photography: António Castelo and Sofia Berberan.
Co-production of Griot and Culturgest. Premiere: 12 February 2021 at Culturgest, Lisbon
The drama tells about the Batepá massacre in 1953 in São Tomé, a former Portuguese Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of forros (native creoles) were massacred by the colonial administration and Portuguese landowners. The forros were mostly cacao farmers and refused to work as contract laborers on the building projects of the Portuguese governor. These projects were initially meant to improve living conditions and local economy, but turned into megalomaniac buildings.
The governor considered this unrest as a communistic conspiracy and mobilized the army and workers from Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde to stop the protests. This quickly turned into a bloodbath: hundreds of forros were killed, tens were burned alive or tortured to death. Most bodies were dumped in the sea.
The governor was forced to return to Lisbon where he was praised and got a promotion. Seven forros were convicted for killing two police men. An official investigation proved that there was no communist conspiracy.
Music at Marmeleira. 16 February, 6.30pm: Trio Vadis (Andreia Vaz: violin, Mouro Dilemma: piano and Beate Schnaithman: cello) played a classical concert as try-out for concerts in the near future. 8pm: dinner. 9.30pm: Vintani Nafassi played on Mbira and on self-built string instruments contemporary versions of traditional African songs.
Lakeside. Theatrical performance on a juridical trial. By Karen Bernard (USA). 28 October.
Houseconcert for piano (Mauro Dilemma), violin (Andreia Vaz) and cello (Beate Schnaithmann). With works of Peter Ludwig and Astor Piazzolla. 8 October.
Musical performance on feeling home. By Gwenn Sampé (France). 26 September
"MUSICOMEXP". Concert by Aurélie Ferrière with electro-acoustic music and laser show, based on underwater sounds from the ocean. 10 September 2019. OBRAS Art Centre. Evoramonte, Portugal.
"Architecture of the Void". Exhibition with photos and videos by Robert Monaghan (Ireland), including a video showing Phyllis Akinyi (Denmark) performing in a marble quarry, with a soundscape by Miguel Noya (Venezuela). INATEL gallery of Palácio de Barrocal, Évora (6 June -12 August 2019).
"31". Exhibition with photos of 31 years-old women. A project by Katharina Fröschl-Rossboth (Austria). INATEL gallery of Palácio de Barrocal, Évora (6 June -12 August 2019).
"NYAR KAKAN. I contain Multitudes". Phyllis Akinyi (Denmark) with Stephan Jarl (Sweden). Dance performance with Flamengo as a starting point. Patio of Palácio de Barrocal, Évora (6 June, 6.30pm).
Mercado pelo Tempo. Exhibition of ceramic and textile work by Yvonne Halfens (Holland). 25 August-15 October 2018. Fortress of Castelo de Evoramonte. With a partial extension in Herdade da Marmeleira (16 October - 10 January).
I Am the Size of What I See. A live quadrophonic musical/multi-media performance based on the work of Fernando Pessoa during the years of World War I. Developed and performed by DOGON (a musical collaboration of Paul Godwin (USA) and Miguel Angel Noya (Venezuela), and multimedia projections by Ameera (A.E. Godwin, USA). 6 October, INATEL, Patio of Palácio de Barrocal, Rua Serpa Pinto 6, Évora.
White Works. Exhibition with Phil Moody (USA). Photos of marble workers. 29 June – 15 September. Palacio dos Marqueses da Praia e Montforte, Estremoz. Hosted by the Municipal museum of Estremoz
Áureas (Reflexoes duma Segonha)
Exhibition with Gaëlle Pelachaud (France). Artist books, with specific emphasis on her study on storks. With contributions by Maria Sarmento (Portugal; poetry) And Matthew Manowsky (USA; sound installation).
19 April - 30 May 2018.
Cartaz de Amor.
Exhibition with Andrea Brasch (Denmark). Video, collages and Virtual Reality composition. 19 April - 30 May 2018.
Exhibition with Kevin Morrow (USA). Sculptures and installations. Castelo de Evoramonte. 23 September until 4 November. Hosted by DRCAlen.
Reencontrando-a (Meeting her again).
Exhibition with Sherry Wiggins (USA) in collaboration with Luis Branco (Portugal). Photos and Installations. Palacio dos Marqueses da Praia e Montforte, Estremoz. 28 January - 11 March. Hosted by the Municipal museum of Estremoz. Click for two impressions: one with emphasis on the artist (made by GMT) and another with more focus on the opening
De Longe e de Perto.
Exhibition with Jacobien de Rooij (Holland). X-large sized drawings. Palácio dos Marqueses da Praia e Montforte, Estremoz. 25 March - 21 May 2017. Hosted by the Municipal museum of Estremoz. Click for an impression of the exhibition and the opening.
Exhibition with Ingrid Simons (Holland). Paintings and ceramics. Galeria Dom Diniz, Estremoz. 17 June - 27 August 2017. Hosted by the Municipal museum of Estremoz.
Don´t Stop Wanting. 7 October 2016. Site specific happening by Ruby Fiedler and Peter Emptage (Australia) in the ruins of the watermill at Pego do Sino, starting with a musical walk from Monte da Marmeleira. Click for an impression.
Som + Cor . Exhibition with Scott Sherk (soundscapes) and Pat Badt (lightscape). Castelo de Evoramonte. 12 August - 25 September. Click for an impression made by Michel Alvez.
The Profit of Seville. Musical theater piece by Elena Cheah and Raphaëlle Oskar. Igreja de S Vicente, Évora. 30 August. See the trailer.
Between departure and arrival. Exhibition with Monica Miranda. Palacio de Dom Manuel. 2-30 April.
Uma Estrana no Alentejo / een vreemdeling in Alentejo (a stranger in Alentejo).
Exhibition and a book with poems and installations by Gerry van der Linden and photos by Luis Branco.
Public Library of Évora. Opening of the exhibition and preparation of the book: 28 April - 28 May. Book publisher: Caminho das palavras.
O teatro de Passagem. Happening initiated by Bart Dorst (Holland). In the abandoned train station of Estremoz. 24 May 2016. With collaborations of Josef Kleindienst (Austria), Regan Halas (USA), Ingrid Simons (Holland), Kris Williamson (Malaysia) and Tim Pettit (USA). Click for an impression.
Meadows, marble and more. Open Studio. 25 April 2016. with contributions of Janet Griffiths (UK), Aurélie Dubois (Canada), Diane Richey-Ward (USA), John Galan (USA), Elma van Haren (Holland), Ingrid Simons (Holland), Tim Petitt (USA), Regan Halas (USA) and Kris Williamson (Malaysia).
Summer Works. Open Studio. 28 August 2016. With exhibitions, video presentations and small concerts. Participants: Catalina Ouyang (USA; video, marble sculptures and drawings), Gerry van der Linden (Holland; poetry), Yvonne Halfens (Holland; ceramics), Nico Huijbregts (Holland; painting, piano improvisations), Raphaelle Oskar (Croatia; acting), Elena Cheah (USA; cello and voice) , Saaya Hitomi (Japan; video installation) and Hannah Pass (USA; writings).
Wired. Exhibition with Jonathan Roson. 11 August- 22 September 2015. Castle of Evoramonte.
IT IS OK. Try out of a musical theatre production by Elena Cheah (USA) and Raphaelle Oskar (Croatia). 13 September. Herdade da Marmeleira, Evoramonte, Portugal.
Parts and Pieces. Performance by Paola Lobreiato (video, acting, music). 11 September 2015. Herdade da Marmeleira, Evoramonte, Portugal.
O azul do Alentejo sob o meu olhar Exhibition with Ingrid Simons. May-10 August 2015. Museu do Artesanato e do Design, Evora.
Pegasus. Exhibition with James Westwater. 18 June -10 August 2015. Castle of Evoramonte. A central element in the exhibition was an old moto, with “life-size” wings attached, that references the mythological flying horse of the title.
Canções Silenciosas. Exhibition with Erdmute Blach. Palacio de D. Manuel.
4 April - 16 May 2015 (in collaboration with Câmara de Évora).
Raios de Luz . Exhibition with Ingrid Simons. Municipal Museum of Estremoz. 3 May - 21 June 2015.
2009-2014, a selection
Six publications with ISBN code have been published by OBRAS.
A complete list of exhibitions, concerts, performances, master classes, workshops and other art events (going back until 2004) is available on request.
Available are also brochures and leaflets on past exhibitions and open-ateliers, CDs with the concerts that concluded the polyphonic music workshops, and DVDs with dance and other performances.
More visual information can also be found on the “foundation OBRAS” channel of YouTube.