Deadline approaching! ICOM-ICDAD is hosting a virtual conference (previously scheduled to take place in Lisbon) on the theme of ‘Hidden Gems’, which will run October 15 – 16, 2020. They welcome a diverse range of presentations on this topic, exploring everything from hidden collections to underrepresented designers and artists. The deadline for proposals is July 1, and abstracts should be between 250 to 300 words. For more information on the conference and proposal requirements, please view ICOM-ICDAD’s full CFP here.
Deadline: April 15th
The 2020 Annual Conference and General Assembly of ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design will take place at the National Palace of Ajuda in Lisbon, Portugal, from October 14th to 16th (plus two days—October 17th and 18th—for the post conference tour to Coimbra and Porto).
The good men of every age are those who dig the old ideas deep down and bear fruit with them – the farmers of the spirit. Friedrich Nietzsche, in The Gay Science
Revivals as the socio-cultural phenomenon that has occurred many times throughout universal history and that seeks to rescue principles and traditions of times gone by. In this conference we approach the term Revivals with regard to Decorative Arts and Design.
Decorative Arts and Design are to be interpreted as any domestic or public furnishings including but not limited to textiles, silverware, furniture, wallpaper, tableware, interior decoration as a whole, graphic design, as well as personal accessories (excluding fashion). We also welcome presentations on revivals within decorative and applied art traditions (ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, textiles, woodwork, etc.) made for utilitarian or connoisseurial purposes.
Hence we encourage papers proposals on a wide variety of topics including a broad array of Asian, European or North and South American Revival styles. We also include the retro design styles of the 20th and 21st centuries, referring to the resurgence of old yet relatively recent styles.
It is fascinating how heritage is being used and valued, reconsidered both from the positions of a curator, artist or a designer. We are interested in the examples, phenomena and notions that reflect upon the relation to the past, treating it with both unsentimental and sentimental nostalgia, introducing ways of dealing with the recent past from different periods in history.
The conference will feature presentations of 15 minutes in English.
Please send an abstract of 250–300 words, including your name, title, institution and ICOM membership number to:
Maria José Gaivão Tavares, Curator of the Furniture Collection at National Palace of Ajuda and ICDAD Secretary:
Deadline for papers proposition: April 15th
Final notification for acceptance: June 30th
ICDAD Scholarship Young curators (under 35) and graduate students members of ICDAD are encouraged to submit papers and apply for the ICDAD conference scholarships:
Portuguese Scholar: 400 € + free conference registration
European Scholar: 1000 € + free conference registration
Non-European Scholar: 2000 € + free conference registration
Scholarship does not include post-conference tour or conference dinner.
Note: If you are going to present a paper you must be a member of ICOM/ICDAD at the moment of registration.
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Marking the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Museum, this exhibition takes as its starting point the display solutions found for the opening of the Museum in 1969. It also recreates different exhibition design ideas created by Franco Albini and Franca Helg, Carlo Scarpa, Lina Bo Bardi, Aldo van Eyck and Alison and Peter Smithson in other countries.
This exhibition takes the museography of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum as its starting point, marking its 50th anniversary.
The Italian designer Franco Albini advised the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on the most contemporary examples of good museum design. The museum, which opened in 1969, was strongly influenced by his background in contemporary Italian design, notably that of Carlo Scarpa.
The exhibition recreates some of the period’s classic solutions to the display of art, contrasting the stasis and fixity of 1950s’ design with some of the more playful and immersive designs, by Aldo van Eyck and the Smithsons, which had already emerged by the time the Museum opened.
This exhibition allows the viewer to experience these different ways of looking at and being with art. It is accompanied by archival photographs and drawings, revealing display solutions conceived for the Museum.
The exhibition is an associate project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019. In 2020, it will also be held at the Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
Curators: Penelope Curtis (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum) and Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre/Het Nieuwe Instituut)
In association with: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
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This exhibition, curated by Carmen Pena and realised in partnership with the Sorolla Museum, Madrid, brings together 118 paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (Valencia, 1863–Cercedilla, 1923) from the museum and from Spanish private collections.
The exhibition explores how Sorolla, the master of the “open air” and the “intense light”, represented the Spanish landscapes at the turn of the 20th century, bestowing it with new meanings and participating in a cultural movement that sought to create a new image for the country. The display also includes works representing scenes on the seashore and the work of fishermen on the coasts of Valencia, two of Sorolla’s signature themes.
Click here for more information, and stay tuned for the National Gallery’s own exhibition on Sorolla, which opens in four days.
International Conference: Through, From, To Latin America: Networks, circulations and artistic transits from the 1960s to the present, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 27 and 28 November 2017
Deadline for paper proposals: 15 July
The project “Through, From, To Latin America: Networks, circulations
and artistic transits from the 1960s to the present” emerges from the
collaboration of three research groups engaged in the development of
transnational perspectives in contemporary art history and curating and
in the study of relations between artistic production and migratory
processes – with a particular focus on Latin America and Southern
Europe. More specifically, the organization of this project involves:
the group “Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art” associated
to the research line Contemporary Art Studies at IHA/FCSH-UNL, the
group “Art in a Global Perspective” at CIEBA / FBAUL and the research
project “Decentralized Modernities: art, politics and counterculture in
the transatlantic axis during the Cold War/ MoDe(s)” (HAR2014-53834-P),
at the University of Barcelona.
Through, From, To Latin America: Networks, circulations and artistic
transits from the 1960s to the present – inscribed in the program of
Lisbon 2017 Ibero-American Capital of Culture – aims at opening a
critical space of debate by engaging art historians, curators and
artists of different generations and nationalities to discuss the role
of different forms of dislocation – such as artistic migrations,
exiles, networking, circulations of ideas and theoretical
articulations, artworks and exhibitions – in the shaping of
contemporary art in and beyond Latin America. In this sense, the very
diverse and heterogeneous set of geographical and cultural areas
incorporated by the term “Latin America” are envisioned here as
specific and at the same time as territories strongly connected with
other locations through a complex network of itineraries, circulations,
appropriations and translations. In this network, different historical,
political and economic processes – among them, colonization and
decolonization – play significant roles. This project seeks to explore
the tensions and interrelations between local inscription and
connectivity, habitation and circulation, present enunciation and
revisiting the past.
Two different actions articulate the project Through, From, To Latin
America: Networks, circulations and artistic transits from the 1960s to
the present: an international conference and a set of workshops in the
field of curating, artistic practice and art history. In fact, it aims
to offer different possibilities and forms of engagement to the
Call for papers
The group “Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art”
(Contemporary Art Studies – IHA/FCSH-UNL), the group “Arte numa
perspectiva global/Art in a global perspective” (CIEBA/FBAUL) and the
project “Decentralized Modernities: art, politics and counterculture in
the transatlantic axis during the Cold War/ MoDe(s)” (HAR2014-53834-P)
(University of Barcelona), together with the Program of Lisbon 2017
Ibero-American Capital of Culture, welcome communication proposals from
art historians, curators, art critics and artists for the international
conference Through, From, To Latin America: Networks, circulations and
artistic transits from the 1960s to the present (Lisbon, Auditorium of
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
27 and 28 November 2017).
Proposals for communications can address, but are not limited to, the
– The role of different forms of dislocation in the shaping of
contemporary art in and beyond Latin America;
– Interrelations between local inscription and connectivity, habitation
and circulation, present enunciation and revisiting the past;
– Analysis of artistic and curatorial projects that relate to the
– Exploration of South-South transits and circulations between Latin
America, Southern Europe, Africa and Asia;
– Interconnections between artistic networks and social and political
movements since the Cold War;
– Analysis of how artistic and cultural networks interfered with (or
participated in) the geopolitics of Cold War and globalization.
This two-days conference invites proposals of up to 400 words for
communications of 20 minutes. Please also include a brief biographical
note (150 words), institutional affiliation (or independent) and your
contact information. All documents sent should be in word or pdf format.
We can only accept one proposal for each applicant.
Proposals should be emailed by the 15th of July 2017 to the following
The languages of the conference are Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection by late
July / early August 2017.
An edited volume with selected papers presented at the conference will
be proposed for publication.
For more in formation please check the website:
CFP: Copies of Paintings in Portugal, Spain and the New World
International Congress, Lisbon, Fundação Gulbenkian
11-12 October 2016
Deadline: 29 April 2016
The international congress Copies of Paintings in Portugal, Spain and the New World, 1552-1752 invites reconsideration of the topic of the copy in these territories over the course of these two centuries. The period covered begins in 1552, the year in which Antonio Moro arrived in Portugal, and ends in 1752, when the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando was established in Madrid. To a certain extent, these events mark the beginning and end of the history of the copy during the Early Modern Period in the Iberian world. This time period also includes the period of sixty years during which Portugal and Spain were unified under the same government owing to the turns of dynastic succession, the so called period of the “two Philips” (1580-1640).
Members of the academic community are invited to submit their proposals for this conference before 29 April 2016. Please email abstract proposals (up to 20 lines), including a brief CV (1 page), to email@example.com. Papers will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. The committee will inform of their selection to all the applicants in June 2016. A registration fee of 50 € will be required to all participants. The selected speakers will have the option of submitting their papers for publication in a special issue of the journal Revista de História da Arte –Serie W (http://revistaharte.fcsh.unl.pt/), due to appear in 2017. Papers for publication will have to comply with the journal’s editorial guidelines, including peer review.
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Josefa de Óbidos e a invenção do barroco português; Josefa de Óbidos and the invention of the Portuguese Baroque
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
16 May – 6 September 2015
3-4 December 2015
Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
On the occasion of Paula Rego’s 80th birthday, the Department of Languages, Cultures and Cultures, the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS), of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon, the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, and the Foundation D. Luís I organise the international conference in homage tothe Anglo-Portuguese artist.
Working languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish. No translation will be provided.
We will privilege comparative and transdisciplinary approaches.
Potential contributors are invited to submit a bionote and a 300 word abstract on themes related to any of the following conference tracks:
– The work/imagery of Paula Rego;
– The Work of Victor Willing
– Contemporary Anglo-Portuguese Artistic Relations (20th-21st centuries);
– British Art (late 20th century and 21st century);
– Portuguese Art (late 20th century and 21st century);
– Interarts Dialogue (Literature & Painting);
– History in Paula Rego’s Work;
– Literary Characters and Settings in Paintings;
– Ekphrastic poetry and fiction based on Paula Rego’s Work;
– Paula Rego’s Work and its intertextual dialogues with the work of other artists;
– Studying Rego’s Work;
– Exhibiting Rego’s Work (“Casa das Historias”);
– Studio Practice;
– Irony, Abjection and the Macabre;
– Cultural Collective Memory, National Traditions
– Female imagery in Rego’s work;
– Religion in Rego’s work;
– Politics in Rego’s work;
– Paula Rego’s work in the classroom and interculturality;
– Childhood and Growing up in Rego’s Work;
– Zoological Imaginary;
– Gender and/in art;
– Human and natural landscapes in Rego’s work;
– Sarcasm, irony and social commentary in the visual arts;
– Representing the (post)colonial.
Papers and panels on the above themes are invited. However, papers/panels on other subjects related to the above topics will also be considered. Participants will be held to a twenty minute presentation limit. Please submit an abstract and a bio note, by 15 August 2015, to:
Rogerio Miguel Puga: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The conference is being jointly organised by CETAPS and the D. Luis Foundation, which manages the Paula Rego museum (Casa das Histórias) in Lisbon.
For more information see the Conference website
El Retablo en el espacio Iberoamericano
Lisbon, Portugal, November 26 – 27, 2015
Deadline: Apr 30, 2015
El Instituto de História da Arte de la Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa organiza el I Simpósio de Historia del Arte – El Retabulo en el espacio Iberoamericano: Forma, función e iconografía, que tendrá lugar en la Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, el 26 y 27 de noviembre de 2015.
Se invita a todos los interessados a enviar sus propuestas sobre el retablo en el espacio Iberoamericano teniendo en cuenta los siguientes temas:
– El retablo Iberoamericano: identidades, transferencias y asimilaciones.
– El retablo y el espacio: diseño, arquitectura, pintura y escultura.
– El retablo y la iconografía: interpretación, significado y función.
– El patrimonio retablístico: conservación, restauración, defensa y valorización.
Más informaciones: https://retabuloiberoamericano.wordpress.com/