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Charlotte Salomon. Life? Or Theatre?
German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943) lived in a blighted world: the war, raging all over Europe, and the Nazis, murdering millions of Jews. Such is the historical context in which Salomon painted the 769 gouaches of Life? Or Theatre?—having done so between 1940 and 1942, while exiled in the French Riviera.
This Singspiel (or operetta) is a magnificent work of great originality. Charlotte combines her literary and musical skills with drawing and painting, leaving us an impressive record of her personal and family history while also documenting the tragic events of that period in Europe. It is an immense visual drama that fluctuates between autobiography and fiction, where representation and life merge into an ideal union.

Curated by Éric Corne

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The aim of Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures is to regard the Berardo Collection as a horizontal research territory where vertical “cuts”—incisions on its permanent stability—suddenly appear. In this context, several national and international artists are confronted with seminal pieces from the collection. As such, adopting an anachronistic approach that plunges into the different sections of the exhibition, this setting makes way for the constellatory tracing of the flux between history and its own investigation, aiming to enquire into intrinsic connections between the twentieth-century avantgardes and our current production. This set of interventions, following a loose (and conceptual) narrative line, has at its core the philosophical concept of constellation.

Curated by Ana Rito & Hugo Barata.

Works by: Michaël Borremans, Edgar Martins, Hans Richter, Valie Export, Anthony Ramos, Vito Acconci, António Olaio, João Tabarra, Francisco Vidal, Rui Miguel Leitão Ferreira, Nicolás Paris, Suzan Pitt, Tris Vonna Michell, David Maljkovic, Haris Epaminonda e Daniel Gustav Cramer, Carla Rebelo, João Seguro, Fernão Cruz, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Miguelangelo Veiga, Pedro Pousada, Rui Calçada Bastos, Nuno Sousa Vieira, Os Espacialistas, Diogo Evangelista, Rui Toscano, Diogo Pimentão, João Onofre, Louise Lawler, Lawrence Weiner, Felix González-Torres, Fernanda Fragateiro, Aby Warburg, Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana, Juan Muñoz, Thomas Ruff, Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara, Valentine Hugo, Greta Knutson, Kasimir Malevich, Henri Michaux, Dennis Oppenheim, Piero Manzoni, Gabriel Orozco and Eillen Agar.

Cover image: Charlotte Salomon, guache (inv. 4925) de Vida? Ou Teatro? / gouaches from Life? Or Theatre?, 1940–1942, Villefranche-sur-Mer, França / France. Coleção / Collection Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam. © Charlotte Salomon Foundation

Museu Coleção Berardo

Praça do Império

1449-003 Lisbon, Portugal



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