Showcasing work by more than 100 international artists, “Portugal Arte 10 EDP,” a new, monthlong biennial, opens in Lisbon and surrounding areas on Friday, July 16.
With the goal of using art to engage with—and at times confront—the urban environment, “Portugal Arte 10 EDP” presents an ambitious slate of public art projects and independently curated group exhibitions.
Cuban artists figure prominently in both categories.
The biennial’s public art will be sited in three districts of downtown Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa, and Avenida Liberdade. A mix of sculpture and site-specific works will be installed in neighborhood squares, walkways, and historic buildings, often with the idea of challenging habitual ways of experiencing city streets.
Cubans Yoan Capote, Ivan Capote, and Duvier Del Dago Fernandez are presenting public artworks, along with several other international artists including Americans Chris Burden and Nathan Mabry, Britain’s Mustafa Hulusi, and Portuguese artists Miguel Palma and Miguel Arruda.
With more than half a dozen curated group shows, “Portugal Arte 10 EDP” will extend beyond Lisbon proper. Exhibition spaces include the Public Library in Grandola, the Arade Pavilion and Theater Tempo in Portimão, and the Centro Cultural António Aleixo in Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The biennial runs through Sunday, August 15.
Among the group shows is “Serendipity,” an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art co-curated by Cuban art historians and writers Juan Delgado Calzadilla, Elvia Rosa Castro, and Nelson Herrera Ysla. Highlighting the unbounded, improvisational aspect of artmaking on the island, “Serendipity” explores the hybridity inherent in Cuban culture and its colonial history. The show’s artists include Juan Carlos Alom, Alexandre Arrechea, Abel Barroso, Iván Abreu, José Bedia, Los Carpinteros, Humberto Díaz, Inti Hernández, Octavio Irving, Manuel Mendive, Douglas Pérez, Carlos Quintana, and José Villa.