On the occasion of the Portugal-France 2022 Season, maat presents for the first time in Portugal a broad overview of Antoine de Galbert’s personal collection.
Inspired by the history and original function of the exhibition site, the theme of the night quickly established itself. Built at the beginning of the 20th century to supply electricity to Lisbon and its surroundings, the Tejo Power Station is testimony to the transformation that took place at the beginning of the last century with the generalization of electricity and lighting introduced by power stations. Together with the psychoanalysis then emerging, this energetic revolution transformed the night and the relationship we have with it.
An inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists, the night continues to feed and impregnate the works with the questions it raises, whether philosophical, political, societal, ecological or scientific. A source of hope or anguish, it is also a space-time of freedom and transgression that is so convenient for creation and which the collection made by Antoine de Galbert echoes.
Through a journey conceived as a crossing, from dusk to dawn, from blindness and the loss of references to the hope for better days on the horizon, from night dreams to the cosmic night, the exhibition invites visitors to travel through this nocturnal interval, propitious to the expansion of the imagination, to dreams and visions of the future.