Depois do Abismo : Ordem e Caos ( After the Abyss : Order and Chaos )

21 Mar 2019 – 17 May 2019

Event times

mo - fri, 3 - 8 pm

Cost of entry

Free Admission

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Galeria Acervo

Lisbon, Portugal


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  • 773 / 201 /
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ACERVO is pleased to present "After the Abyss : Order and Chaos", the second solo show by Magda Delgado at the Gallery


Magda Delgado (solo show)
21.03.2019 - 17.05.2019
opening : 21.03.2019, 7 - 10 PM

Carlos Vidal

From drawings, paintings, pictures and plaster (black, always black, from which pink lines and shapes emerge) erupt, in circular motion, signs of the end and rebirth of the civilisation - human, almost too human.

All things Human - civilisation on the background - are inevitably extinguished. That much we understand, as that is the Work of Mankind. But this Work also contains a wish : a pink polyhedron remains hidden inside a book ( an artist book ) and this shape signals the restart, or what is left for a restart ( the artist speaks of a „reset“ ) and a ( new? ) language with which all animals are able to communicate, unlike the human Babel.

But what about the polyhedron ? Who put it inside this book of the rebirth of the world? And who, in essence, desires this rebirth? We will never know.

That is, Man does not wish to perpetuate himself. He ends up in black and without sunlight ( see paintings, polaroids and artist book ) and it is from the animals ( with access to this new language ) and from a pink light that everything resurfaces.

The new beings free themselves from a sort of „curse“ ( the establishment of thinking ) chalked up by Rousseau : if one is born from or with knowledge, once ceases to be human, free, „citizen“. And everything returns to the same point, from black to the end. After the destruction, or the alchemical “oeuvre au noir” ( art ), after the “oeuvre au blanc” and the “oeuvre au rouge“, led ( and many of these painting carry the “weight” of led ) is turned into gold.

But this show is very different from the cited „cientific“ adventure. Its black theogony makes the birth of order and chaos possible ( and, in Hesiod, it is from chaos that night is created ), and from chaos, the impossible.

Impossible for us, but perhaps possible in the unknown imaginary that arises here, in this “silence des bêtes” ( Elisabeth de Fontenay ) or this „perfect imperfection of the black“ ( Badiou ). An imaginary and a new world where everything remains unseen, and is therefore new. A new vision. And it is very important that what is to come is not „Oeuvre“. Rule, Measure.


born in Lisbon, in 1980, Magda Delgado holds a Degree in Fine Arts - Painting by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (FBAUL), Portugal (2008) and a Masters in Painting by the same institution (2012). She lives and works between Sheffield and Lisbon

solo shows

2019 After the Abyss: Order and Chaos, Acervo - Contemporary Art (Lisbon, PT)
2017 Prophecy and Abyss, Acervo - Contemporary Art (Lisbon, PT)
2017 L‘Ermite devant le Mystère, Instituto Camões (Luxembourg, LU)
2017 Golgotha, Krypta der Klosterkirche Dendendorf (Stuttgart, DE)
2016 L’Arcadie après le Malaise dans la Civilisation, Rooster Gallery (New York, USA)
2012 Contemplation Images and the revival of mentor Alberto Caeiro, Casa Museu Fernando Pessoa (Lisbon, PT)

group shows (recent)

2019 JUSTMAD Feria Arte Emergente, Acervo - Contemporary Art (Madrid, ES)
2018 JUSTLX Lisboa Contemporary Art Fair, Acervo - Contemporary Art (Lisbon, PT)
2017 Luxembourg Art Week, Artscape, Hall Victor Hugo (Luxembourg, LU)
2016 Sala do Veado: 25 years, Museum of Natural History (Lisbon, PT)
2014 Pest Survey, Church of Saint Vincent (Évora, PT)

artistic residencies

2019 Monastery of Batalha (Batalha, PT)
2012 Coop Residencies (Lisbon, PT)
1998 Astronomic Observatory of Lisbon (Lisbon, PT)

prizes and scholarships

2019 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Artistic Development and Dissemination Programme
2009 Jovens Criadores ’09
1998 Cena D’Arte ’98 (Cerâmica), honourable mention


Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon, PT
Casa Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon, PT
Colecção ECO, Marvão, PT
Kloster Denkendorf, Baden-Württemberg, DE


Luís Castanheira Loureiro

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Magda Delgado


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