At Play exhibition at Garagem Sul

At Play

Garagem Sul at Centro Cultural de Belém, the Lisbon gallery dedicated to architecture—will open a Portuguese iteration of At Play on September 28, 2021. Presented initially at CIVA in Brussels, the exhibition will be adapted to Garagem Sul and expanded with new works.

Architects at Play is an exhibition delving into play and the imagination, built experiments, and mythological narratives. The exhibition is essentially centered on the idea of ‘Creating Worlds.’ It attempts to bring together two characters: the architect and the child. Children’s games have always been a breeding ground for the invention of ‘Worlds’.

Likewise, architects also imagine new ‘Worlds’. These worlds and the mechanisms of invention they rely upon constitute the core of the exhibition, which touches on themes as varied as childhood and education, urban planning, public space, history, architecture, art, and creativity—in order to trace the history of imaginary as well as imagined ‘Worlds’. Each one of us is a playful architect. From the solitary hut to the cosmopolitan ark, we build worlds we inhabit or co-inhabit.

The world of play is located in the mysterious interval that connects our subjectivities to external reality. It sometimes happens that architectures crystallize in this ephemeral space, for a while becoming the stage of our lives, the horizon of our habits. This power of imagination is at the heart of the curatorial system in which childhood playgrounds and those of architects, artists, and designers meet. sOURCE BY Garagem Sul / Centro Cultural de Belém.

  • Location: Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Curatorial Team: David Malaud, André Tavares, Ivo Poças Martins, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Cédric Libert
  • Organization: Garagem Sul / Centro Cultural de Belém in collaboration with CIVA, Brussels
  • Date: September 28, 2021 to January 30, 2022
  • Photographs: Tiago Casanova, Courtesy of Centro Cultural de Belém

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