Lisbon’s newly built and inaugurated Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is predestined as a location to discuss the current trends and visions of urbanism. The futuristic building which was designed by renowned architect Amanda Levete is situated at the bank of the river Tagus and has seen an enthusiastic acceptance by the audience since opening its doors to the public.

„Utopia/Dystopia: A paradigm shift in art and architecture“ – inspired by the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s famous essay „Utopia“ – presents over 60 works by artist and architects who are focusing in their work on shifts in political structures through physical manifestations of constructed and envisioned urban designs.

Establishing a dialogue with the site-specific commissions at the museum’s Oval Gallery, this thematic show presents side by side works of artists and architects who, in their respective fields, have produced insights and critical reflections on crucial themes of the contemporary socio-political discourse. „Utopia / Dystopia“ reveals how the dichotomy between these two terms reflects a time of paradoxical acceleration, where anxiety and optimism collide.

Today, technological developments stimulate expectations of enhanced connectivity and a better quality of life. However, cyclical crises also constantly disturb the social, political and ecological spheres. With utopian and dystopian narratives typically emerging in such troubled periods, artists and architects, writers or filmmakers are crucial in proposing contradictions and proposing illuminating new possibilities. Encompassing a wide range of ideas, from a profound reflexion on the downfall of Modernism to the current political scene, Utopia/Dystopia promotes a dialogue between more than 60 artworks and projects that present unique views on the subject since the early 1970s.

Participating artists are: Alexander Brodsky & Ilya Utkin, Mathis Altmann, Filipe Alves, Andreas Angelidakis, Archigram, Archizoom, Timo Arnall, åyr, Kader Attia, Pedro Bandeira, Pedro Barateiro, Olivo Barbieri, James Beckett, Berdaguer & Péjus, Alain Bublex, Jordi Colomer, Robert Darroll, Inês Dantas, Tacita Dean, DIS, Diogo Evangelista, Inci Eviner, Didier Faustino, Cao Fei, Ângela Ferreira, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Clara Ianni, Renaud Jerez, Gonçalo Mabunda, Michael MacGarry, Luca Martinucci, Office em colaboração com / in collaboration with Dogma, Olalekan Jeyifous, OMA, Miguel Palma, Pedro Portugal, William Powhida, Tabor Robak, André Romão, Aldo Rossi, Jonas Staal, Beniamino Servino, Michael E. Smith, Superstudio, Ryan Trecartin, Nasan Tur, WAI Think Tank, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lebbeus Woods.

Images: all images courtesy of MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon,