Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina with
Leslie Thornton & Thomas Zummer
27.04. – 28.07.2024

23.04 | 19h Tunneling, artist talk by Leslie Thornton

(Maumaus, Av. António Augusto de Aguiar,148–3ºC)

27.04 | 17h Opening of the exhibition

A combined exhibition with Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg (18.05 — 28.07.2024)

© Sid Iandovka / Leslie Thornton, twins of earth, 2024, video still

Maumaus © Sid Iandovka / Leslie Thornton, twins of earth, 2024, video still

once in a hundred years brings together work by Sid Iandovka and Anya Tsyrlina with that of Leslie Thornton and Thomas Zummer. Iandovka and Tsyrlina embrace and dismantle technologies and form in a peculiar meditation on the ridiculous and the sublime loitering in the dark corners of consciousness, memory, history and humanity. Thornton is a distinguished and renowned pioneer of media as contemporary art form. Zummer is a conceptual/materialist artist and his unusual skills as a photo-realist draftsman are often a subterfuge for the practice of philosophy through acts of image making.

once in a hundred years features historical and new works, including a collaborative video by Iandovka and Thornton, which explore, among other things, the affinities the artists have sensed in each other’s work from the beginning of their recent encounter. The exhibition orbits around a new eponymous media work by Iandovka and Tsyrlina – a bold experiment in slow flow that allows the work to create itself on its own terms, unsteady and strange, untethered to familiar orders of mediated perception.

With an instability disguised as a story, once in a hundred years conjures a reimagined post-punk tale, a ‘story-space’ in which narrative form breaks into ephemeral songs, a eulogy for the living present, a roll call in an eerie wasteland.

A combined exhibition between Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg (Switzerland) once in a hundred years also engages with the historical and architectural differences between these two institutions.

Sid Iandovka and Anya Tsyrlina (both born in Novosibirsk, USSR) discovered video when they met playing in a teenage noise band. They have collaborated ever since, ultimately creating a uniquely independent production approach to their work across different media. Theirs is a practice that occurs within a condition of statelessness, separate from community, identity and known context. Similarly, their working methods are not products of any educational/professional institutions, and they find it both impossible and unnecessary to create a theoretical framework for what they show.

Leslie Thornton’s (USA) work spans more than fifty years and bridges film to contemporary media practices and technologies. Her works have been exhibited worldwide in a range of venues, such as: MoMA (New York), MoMA PS1 (New York), Whitney Biennial (New York), documenta (Kassel), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Raven Row (London) and CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux. Retrospectives of her work include shows at Anthology Film Archives (New York), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA). Thornton has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Maya Deren Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Alpert Award in the Arts for Media, Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Fellowship. Recent artist residencies took place at CERN (Meyrin) and CalTech (Pasadena). Leslie Thornton is a Professor Emerita of Brown University.

Thomas Zummer (USA) is a scholar, writer, artist and curator, whose work in each of these fields is informed by the fluidity with which he crosses their boundaries. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Drawing Room (London), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Exit City Kunsthal (Antwerp), Exit Art and White Box (New York), among other venues. In 1994 Zummer curated ‘CRASH: Nostalgia for the Absence of Cyberspace’ (with Robert Reynolds), the first major exhibition with a significant proportion of digital/online, telepresence and other forms of transmission works. Zummer has curated major exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Thread Waxing Space, the Katonah Museum of Art, CinéClub/Anthology Film Archives, and the Palais des Beaux-arts Brussels. He lives and works in Croton-on-Hudson with his partner Leslie Thornton.

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité - once in a hundred years


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2024
Until 03.09.2023


Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
30.09.2023, 19h00

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Book Launch
Alberto Toscano
Late Fascism: Race, Capitalism
and the Politics of Crisis (2023)

with Ruth Wilson Gilmore
and Alberto Toscano

11.06.2024, 19h00


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal

The discussion will be in English.
Entry is free and limited to the number
of seats available.


Encounters between art and philosophy

Seminar 4
Turbid Media

with Esther Leslie

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Sala 3, Zona de Congressos
19.–21.06.2024, 11h–13h,14h–17h

Programme 5
True or false

Salam Cinema (1995)
by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

with Esther Leslie and Jihan El Tahri

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Auditorium 2
09.05.2024, 18h30


Programme 4

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Programme 2:
(de)framing the frame

Meeting the Man:
James Baldwin in Paris (1970)
by Terence Dixon

with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
and Kerstin Stakemeier

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 2
23.11.2023, 18h30

Programme 1:
space, place and memory

with Billy Woodberry
and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
13.10.2023, 18h30

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Dozie Kanu
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

and Simon Thompson


Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina with Leslie Thornton & Thomas Zummer

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

A combined exhibition between
Lumiar Cité and Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg.

Lumiar Cité
27.04. – 28.07.2024

Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg
18.05. – 28.07.2024

27.04. – 28.07.2024 | Lumiar Cité

18.05. – 28.07.2024 | Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg

A co-production by Lumiar Cité
and Artium Museum

14.10 | 17h00 Book launch with talk between

Alejandro Cesarco and
Miguel Wandschneider

| 18h00 Opening of the exhibition


Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


Lumiar Cité
14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar.

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