Lisbon Ground

Garagem Sul | Architecture Exhibitions

Lisbon Ground
Lisbon Ground
Lisbon Ground
Lisbon Ground

Official Portuguese Representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia | Commissioner/Curator: Inês Lobo

Lisbon Ground is the title of the exhibition that represented Portugal at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, from 29 August to 25 November 2012. This was a project conceived and developed by the curator appointed by the Portuguese Directorate-General for the Arts, the architect Inês Lobo, which produced this response to the basic theme proposed by David Chipperfield, the general commissioner for this edition of La Biennale di Venezia - “Common Ground”.

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Lecture / International Public Competition / Campo das Cebolas / Doca da Marinha
22 February, 2013, at 19.00
Luís Freitas Branco Room
Admission Free

Architects Manuel Salgado | Gonçalo Byrne

Architects João Gomes da Silva | João Luís Carrilho da Graça | João Nunes

In the words of Inês Lobo, “Lisbon is the main focus of this exhibition, with the city being seen as a common territory in one of the possible translations of the basic theme “Common Ground”: a common area of knowledge, a territory that is shared by a group of thinkers that includes people from architecture, cinema, photography, literature…”
Thus, in Lisbon Ground, the city is presented under three different sub-themes - Lisbon Downtown, Lisbon River, Lisbon Connections.

These three themes arose from discussions and reflections about a group of specific works and projects sharing a common territory and a common theme – Lisbon. Participants in the process included a group of well-known architects, such as Álvaro Siza Vieira, Bárbara Rangel, Eduardo Souto Moura, Francisco Mateus, Gonçalo Byrne, Joana Vilhena, João Carrilho da Graça, João Favila Menezes, João Gomes da Silva, João Nunes, João Pedro Falcão de Campos, João Simões, José Adrião, Manuel Graça Dias, Manuel Mateus, Manuel Salgado, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Pedro Domingos, Ricardo Bak Gordon, Ricardo Carvalho, Rui Furtado and Rui Mendes.

The works in question reflected twenty-four years of intervention in the city, so that this was the time period that these reflections (1988-2012) were centred upon, since they were the raw material for the exhibition’s different components:
- Video by Catarina Mourão, containing recordings of the conversations taking place at three round-table discussions where the subject of the city was debated, based on the themes proposed, as well as the drawings produced by the speakers during these debates;
- Map of Lisbon showing “the spaces between”, summarising the city in 2012;
- Photographs by Duarte Belo, representing and synthesising the inherent complexity of the city’s design, while at the same time reaffirming Lisbon’s status as a metropolis with multiple meanings in the context of a European urban culture;
- Testimony about the city through a selection of texts by Antonio Tabucchi spoken by the Italian actor Marco Baliani.
For the curator Inês Lobo, “if we think of cities as complex, and nowadays dysfunctional, systems, despite their undoubtedly continuing to be one of humankind’s greatest inventions, then it is urgent to return them to their inventors. Setting these systems in operation again obliges us to reflect upon the following questions: public space, private space, accessibility/mobility, programmes, proximity and comfort. This exercise implies a recognition/understanding of the city, a re-invention of a way of inhabiting the city that belongs to the present time”.

Inês Lobo

Secretary of State for Culture/Directorate-General for the Arts

Exhibition Design
Inês Lobo
João Vaz

Graphic Design

Inês Lobo
João Rosário

Video/audio conception and production

Catarina Mourão

Duarte Belo

Directorate-General for the Arts/Inês Lobo arquitetos Lda

Exhibition installed by
CCB | Coordination Nuno Gamboa

Transport and storage
Iterartis - Serviços para Museus e Transportes de Arte, Lda.