Collective exhibition, through May 4, 2014

The inaugural exhibition of The Oliva Creative Factory is still on view. This center is a new cultural and economic venue installed in the old Oliva factory quarter in S. João da Madeira, an industrial town in northern Portugal. The Norlinda and José Lima Collection was initiated in the early 1980s by José Lima, a local businessman, and is currently on long-term loan to the city council of S. João da Madeira. It is one of the most important private collections in Portugal. It includes approximately 1,000 works by more than 250 Portuguese and international artists. It encompasses a wide range of media, generations, styles, and subject matter. It maps Portuguese and international art trends since World War II, with an emphasis on Western Europe, South America, and Southern Africa. Many artists, especially Portuguese, Spanish, and French, are represented with numerous works. Movements such as Nouveau Réalisme and Figuration Libre, and groups such as KWY and El Paso, are areas of special focus.

Discontinuous Line is the first exhibition to present the Norlinda and José Lima Collection in its entirety. The exhibition’s organizing principle aims to create multiple narratives by pointing out constellations of images, objects, issues and questions based on different visual, theoretical, and historical connections. This suggests the participation of the visitor in the construction of his or her experience, on both an intellectual and an emotional level.

Installation view / courtesy Oliva CreInstallation view / courtesy Oliva Creative Factoryative Factory

Installation view / courtesy Oliva Creative Factory

The exhibition includes international artists whose works are rarely seen in Portugal or who are little known or unknown in the country, as well as some established and young Portuguese artists. There are iconic artists from the West, both contemporary and from the 1950s onwards, as well as modern and emerging artists from the Global South.

Curator: Miguel Amado

Selected list of artists

Andy Warhol, Antoni Tàpies, Arman, Charles Juhász-Alvarado (Puerto Rico), Cindy Sherman, Cristina Iglesias, Damien Hirst, Franz West, Jorge Días, Joseph Beuys, Julião Sarmento, Karel Appel, Kcho (Cuba), Leon Golub, Lygia Pape, Malangatana, Martin Kippenberger, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Rotella, Nicholas Hlobo, Paula Rego, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Robert Combas, Victor Vasarely, Vik Muniz.

Oliva Creative Factory, Rua da Fundição, 240, Sao João da Madeira, Portugal.

Exhibition on view from October 19, 2013 through May 4, 2014 

Headline picture’s credits : Kcho, Enséñame la Isla, 1999. Leon Golub, So Much The Worse, 1993. Nicholas Hlobo, Umrhubuluzi, 2010. Exhibition view, Oliva Creative Factory. Photo Aníbal Lemos