Utopia/Dystopia: A Paradigm Shift in Art and Architecture

Utopia/Dystopia is the first “manifesto exhibition” at MAAT’s new building. Establishing a dialogue with the site-specific commissions at the museum’s Oval Gallery, these group shows present side by side works of artists and architects who, in their respective fields, have produced insights and critical reflections on crucial themes of our times.

Echoing the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, the show reveals how the dichotomy between utopia and dystopia 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.



William Powhida, What is the Contemporary?, 2016, watercolour, acrylic, and graphite on paper mounted on aluminium, 140x114cm

Wai Think Tank, Cities of the Avant-Garde, 2012, pigment print on canvas, 250x170cm

Diogo Evangelista, The Sky Exists, 2017, HD video color, sound, 6′

Kader Attia, Following the Modern Genealogy – ATT/EX 13, 2012, paper collage on cardboard, 62x46cm

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali: Educazione Progetto 1 and Vita Superficie, 1971, lithographs, 70.4×99.9cm

Yona Friedman, Ville Spatialle, 1959-60, drawing (ink and marker on paper), 21×29.7cm

Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin, Wandering Turtle, 1955, etching on paper, 55.6×77.2cm

Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vriesendorp, Ella and Zoe Zenghelis, Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisioners of Architecture. The Reception Area (project), 1972, gelatin silver photograph with colored ink, 26.7×36.8cm



Berdaguer & Pejus, After… (Air Hab., Ron Herron, 1968)

Aldo Rossi, Composizione con cimitero di Modena e Santo, 1979, oil on canvas, 62.5×65.5cm

Aldo Rossi, Architettura Assassinata, 1947, ink, pastel, and marker on paper, 38.5×47.4

Alan Bublex, Paysage 114 (Fantome Plan Voisin V2 Circulaire Secteur C18) 2012, C-print and Diasec on aluminium, 175x175cm; Paysage 81 (Fantome Plan Voisin de Paris V2 Circulaire Secteur C6) 2010, C-print and Diasec on aluminium, 141.5x180cm

Michael MacGarry, Luanda, Angola, 2019 (100 Suns series), 2010, archival inkjet print on cotton paper, 275x110cm

Inci Eviner, Nursing Modern Fall, 2012, HD video installation, 5.1 sound, 3’loop

Rodrigo Oliveira, Metropole, 2006-2007, sugar cubes, glue and wood, 230x220cm

Utopia/Dystopia at MAAT

MAAT | Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon Portugal


Photography 2017 ©BG-Martin

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