Mappa Mundi is a Latin term used in medieval times to describe European maps of the world.  In 2011, the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, re-invents the term to characterize a unique exhibition of contemporary art inspired by geographical maps. 

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Heroes & Immortals Metro, Jessica Vaturi

In fact, many works on display use use Old World maps as source materials for modern day expression.  Take for instance Adriana Varejão’s tribute to 16th century Portuguese cartographer Lopo Homen.  Varejão depicts difficulties in the world by adding a large three-dimensional wound in the center of a Lopo Homen map.  Lacerations on the work are stitched up, and small “blood droplets” form red islets around the continents. 

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Map of Lopo Homen, Adriana Varejão

Other works in the exhibition are more whimsical.  Look for items that are sculpted, quilted and pieced together in collages.  As well, look for a full length dress made of map prints by the design group of De Geuzen. 

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Like the subject matter they create, artists assembled for this exhibition are from countries around the globe: 

Argentina Guillermo Kuitca    BelgiumCatharina Van Eetvelde   Brazil Daniel Chust Peters, Angela Detanico, Rafael Lain, Nelson Leirner, Rivane Neuenschwander, Adriana Varejão, Rosana Ricalde   ChinaHong Hao, Qin Ga  ■  France Jochen Gerner, David Renaud, Jessica Vaturi    IrelandKathy Prendergast    ItalyAlighiero e Boetti, Paola di Bello, Luigi Ghirri, Michelangelo Pistoletto    JapanNoriko Ambe, Satomi Matoba   ■  Netherlands Riek Sijbring, Femke Snelting, Jeanne Terwen-de Loos     Northern IrelandNeal Beggs  ■  Portugal Marco Godinho, Miguel Palma  ■  SpainMateo Maté, Paco Mesa, Lola Marazuela, Cristina Lucas  ■  Sweden – Lars Arrenhaus  ■  United KingdomChris Kenny, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood  ■  United States – Peter Fend, Renee Turner, Nina Katchadourian, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Walden  ■  Zambia – Anawana Haloba

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Mapa, Alighiero e Boetti

Mappa Mundi runs through 25 April 2011.  For more information, visit the Museum Berardo website


Museu Colecção Berardo
Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisbon

Phone:  +351 213 612 878
Email:  museuberardo@museuberardo.pt

Exhibition Hours: 
Sunday to Friday:  10:00 to 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00

Entrance is free

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