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13 Dec 2011

Kunsthalle Lissabon Presents André Guedes: Pleasure Gardens

André Guedes, Sketches for Pleasure Gardens, 2011
Presented at Gasworks, London
Photo by Kristel Raesaar

André Guedes: Pleasure Gardens
Kunsthalle Lissabon


December 16th, 10 pm and 11 pm Following presentations: December 17th, 10 pm, January 7th, 14th and 21st, 10 pm Limited seating, reservation required


+351 91 2045650

Kunsthalle Lissabon
Avenida da Liberdade 211 - 1º E
1250-194 Lisbon

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Kunsthalle Lissabon presents Pleasure Gardens, a new performance piece by Lisbon-based artist André Guedes, and the result of a residency program at Gasworks, in London, sponsored by Gulbenkian Foundation. Sketches for Pleasure Gardens, an exploratory, work-in-progress version of the piece was presented in Gasworks in June 2011.

The dramaturgy for Pleasure Gardens departs from a set of texts written in a period of intense reflection and action in Europe, between 1881 and 1891, by Paul Gauguin, Louise Michel, William Morris and Oscar Wilde and reflects on the possibility of application of social and political utopias and, more specifically, their application to an exuberant, solar, non-western landscape. 'Pleasure Gardens' is, in fact, an historical concept describing a specific garden typology that develpoed in England throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. it marks not only a new understanding of the garden as a democratic space in which different social strata could mix, but also the appearance of a new social class driven by leisure concerns. In Guedes's project, these 'pleasure gardens' act as an allegory of sorts, a place in which to enact the 'new', the rupture and, eventually, the revolution.

Even though it may be difficult to consider Pleasure Gardens a theatre play, it clearly reflects Guedes's interest in the model of the one-act play, that was first experimented with in relatively improvised plays performed in factories during the Industrial Revolution in England, and went on to become one of the most used dramaturgical temporal units during the 20th century. The one-act functions as a kind of cinematic sequence-plan taking place in one location and characterized by no interruption of the chronological unit and no change of setting.

Author: André Guedes.
Translation (from English): David Prescott.
Actors: Patrícia Andrade, Eduardo Breda.
Staging collaboration: Maria Duarte.
Javanese gamelan players: Elisabeth Davies, Jorge Oliveira.

Each performance of Pleasure Gardens has limited seating and requires previous reservation through +351.912045650 or

Project financed by Secretaria de Estado da Cultura/DGArtes (Direcção-Geral das Artes), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and supported by the Indonesian Embassy in Lisbon and Fundação Oriente.

André Guedes
was born in 1971 in Lisbon, where he lives and works. Guedes studied Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Space Anthropology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He was a resident artist at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and at Gasworks, London. A selection of his solo shows and performances include Hoxe comezamos a falar, Colexio de Fonseca, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2011); L'argent, Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris (2010); The Losts, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2009); AIROTIV, Vitoria, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain (2009); Better Days, For These Days, Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2008); Better Days, Museo Internazionale della Musica di Bologna/Nosadella.due, Bologna, Italy (2007); Informações/Information, Chiado 8, Lisbon (2007); O Jardim e o Casino, a Praia e a Piscina, Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon (2005); Outras árvores, outro interruptor, outro fumador e uma peça preparada, Museu de Serralves, Porto (2004). His work was featured in the following group shows (selection): Play, Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon (2011), I'm not here. An exhibition without Francis Alÿs, De Appel, Amsterdam (2010); Practising Memory, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2010); World Question Centre, 2nd Athens Boennial (2009); The Clearing, Prague Triennale (2008); Prémio de Artes Plásticas União Latina, Culturgest, Lisboa (2007). In 2007 he was awarded the Prémio de Artes União Latina.