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10/06/2022 - 10/06/2022

48 artists, 48 years of freedom 

48 artists, 48 years of freedom is the name of the collective artwork that will be symbolically created in the maat Gardens on 10 June 2022, Day of Portugal.

The creation of the piece 48 artists, 48 years of freedom will take place throughout 10 June, between 10.00 and 22.00, in the outdoor space surrounding the Naphtha Tank, and the public is invited to watch. This initiative, which has the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Republic, is part of the programme of the 50-year celebration of the Carnation Revolution and of the Lisbon Festivities. 

Also in the Gardens, the artist Xana contributes to the celebration with a new sculpture entitled LIBER/ estruturas para construir.

On the same day, the museum will be presenting a programme conceived by the Festival Iminente which brings together different expressions of urban culture, with breaking battles and concerts by Juana na rap and PRÉTU Xullaji.


Painting of the mural by the 48 artists

Music programme
16.00 Breaking battle 
16.30 Juana na rap
18.00 PRÉTU Xullaji
19.30 Breaking battle

Street food

Breaking battles
A collective of breakers of various nationalities and crews that come together to strengthen breaking in Lisbon. In group or individually, they regularly participate and promote social projects and events for the community. They also regularly take part in national and international battles and festivals. Most of the members have an active role in youth training and participation in advertising campaigns, and also have a performing career, as part of companies, dance schools, and cultural associations.

Juana na rap is a rapper representing Monte da Caparica in the south bank of the Tagus. She started making her first freestyles and writing lyrics while still at school. In 2013, she released her first album, Juana na Rap, and the second, Tcheu Barreras, in 2016, both recorded with Primero G, and has been releasing loose songs, as Atividadi, in 2021. Her songs relate the reality and experience of the neighbourhood.

PRÉTU Xullaji (formerly Chullage) is a rapper known for his lyricism and political intervention. His lyrics express his thoughts on decolonisation, Pan-Africanism, afro-futurism, and love, among other themes.

Guided tours

Guided tour to the exhibition “Traverser la nuit”

Guided tour to “48 artists, 48 years of freedom” and to the exhibition “Interferences – Emergent Urban Cultures”  
With Jorge Catarino 

Guided tour to the exhibition “Visual Natures”

Guided tour to “48 artists, 48 years of freedom” and to the exhibition “Interferences – Emergent Urban Cultures”  
With Jorge Catarino

Guided tour to the exhibitions “Prisma. Vhils” and “Interferences – Emergent Urban Cultures”  

Guided tour to “48 artists, 48 years of freedom” and to the exhibition “Interferences – Emergent Urban Cultures”  

Monumental Tour 

Target: for all ages
Duration: 60-90minutes
Capacity: máx. 20 people
Free admission
Registration at Info Point, Central Tejo building

48 artists, 48 years of freedom

The reinterpretation of this mural, 24 meters long and 3 meters high, has the participation of 48 artists: some of them participated in the creation of the original panel and the others are artists who stood out in the art scene during the last 48 years of democracy in Portugal, an anniversary celebrated this year, and some of them are part of the exhibition Interferences: Emerging Urban Cultures, on view at maat.

The artists who participated in the original 1974 panel include Teresa Dias Coelho, Teresa Magalhães, Guilherme Parente, Emília Nadal, Eurico Gonçalves, Sérgio Pombo, José Aurélio, and David Evans.

The starting point for this initiative was the Interferences exhibition, curated by Alexandre Farto, António Brito Guterres and Carla Cardoso, on display at the maat building until 5 September of 2022. This exhibition affirms different expressions of urban culture, exploring the narrative itineraries of the city through dialogues that prioritise the museum as a critical space, a place where various communities and sensibilities come together – those part of the establishment who frequent it and those subordinate who are unfamiliar with it. Interferences puts into dialogue works by contemporary artists who use the streets as a context of expression and experimentation and works from institutional and private collections, highlighting alternative narratives that aim to question the public and invite them to reflect on which city, urban spaces, and artistic and cultural institutions can be built by adding new voices to this process. 

48 artists, 48 years of freedom is also a reflection of this will to bring together artists from various disciplines, backgrounds, and generations, so that from these collective and shared moments a new city, more inclusive and democratic, may be born. 

±MaisMenos±, Alice Geirinhas, Ana Aragão, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, Ana Vidigal , Ângela Ferreira, António Alves, Blac Dwelle, Border Lovers (Pedro Amaral), Carlos No, Carlos Stock, David Evans, Diogo Carvalho, Emília Nadal, Eurico Gonçalves, Fernanda Fragateiro, Fidel Évora, Filipa Bossuet, Francisco Vidal, Gabriel Abrantes, Guilherme Parente, Joana Vasconcelos, José Aurélio, Lima Carvalho, Manicómio, Manuel Botelho Manuel João Vieira, Maria Imaginário, Mariana Duarte Santos, Mariana Gomes, Moami31, Noah Zagalo, Obey SKTR, Onun Trigueiros, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Pedro Portugal, Petra Preta, Rappepa, Sara & André, Sepher Awk, Sérgio Pombo, Susana Gaudêncio, Tamara Alves, Teresa Dias Coelho, Teresa Magalhães, Vhils, Xana.

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