October 28, 2013 - Oliva Creative Factory - The Norlinda and José Lima Collection
October 28, 2013

The Norlinda and José Lima Collection

Kcho, Enséñame la Isla, 1999. Leon Golub, So Much The Worse, 1993. Nicholas Hlobo, Umrhubuluzi, 2010. Exhibition view, Oliva Creative Factory. Photo: Aníbal Lemos. © The artists or their estates.

Discontinuous Line: Selections from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection
19 October 2013–4 May 2014

Oliva Creative Factory
Rua da Fundição, 240
3700-119 S. João da Madeira


Curator: Miguel Amado

The city council of S. João da Madeira, Portugal, is pleased to present Discontinuous Line: Selections from the Norlinda and José Lima Collection, the inaugural exhibition of the Oliva Creative Factory. The Oliva Creative Factory is a new cultural and economic venue installed in the old Oliva factory quarter in S. João da Madeira, an industrial town in northern Portugal. The Norlinda and José Lima Collection was initiated in the early 1980s by José Lima, a local businessman, and is currently on long-term loan to the city council of S. João da Madeira. It is one of the most important private collections in Portugal.

Norlinda and José Lima Collection
The Norlinda and José Lima Collection includes approximately 1,000 works by more than 250 Portuguese and international artists. It encompasses a wide range of media, generations, styles, and subject matter. It maps Portuguese and international art trends since World War II, with an emphasis on Western Europe, South America, and Southern Africa. Many artists, especially Portuguese, Spanish, and French, are represented with numerous works. Movements such as Nouveau Réalisme and Figuration Libre, and groups such as KWY and El Paso, are areas of special focus.

Discontinuous Line is the first exhibition to present the Norlinda and José Lima Collection in its entirety. The exhibition’s organizing principle aims to create multiple narratives by pointing out constellations of images, objects, issues and questions based on different visual, theoretical, and historical connections. This suggests the participation of the visitor in the construction of his or her experience, on both an intellectual and an emotional level.

The exhibition includes international artists whose works are rarely seen in Portugal or who are little known or unknown in the country, as well as some established and young Portuguese artists. There are iconic artists from the West, both contemporary and from the 1950s onwards, as well as modern and emerging artists from the Global South.

Selected list of artists
Andy Warhol, Antoni Tàpies, Arman, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Cindy Sherman, Cristina Iglesias, Damien Hirst, Franz West, Jorge Días, Joseph Beuys, Julião Sarmento, Karel Appel, Kcho, Leon Golub, Lygia Pape, Malangatana, Martin Kippenberger, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Rotella, Nicholas Hlobo, Paula Rego, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Robert Combas, Victor Vasarely, Vik Muniz

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 128-page book edited by the curator, Miguel Amado, and designed by Rui Mendonça. It includes essays by Amado and Adelaide Duarte. It is published by the S. João da Madeira city council.

Raquel Guerra: olivacreativefactory [​at​] cm-sjm.pt / T +351 256201680

The Norlinda and José Lima Collection at the Oliva Creative Factory
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