Vasco Araújo

Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Let’s begin with a question: What might one have done to induce an apt mood for viewing Vasco Araújo’s recent show “L’inceste”? My recommendation: Listen to Mozart and read the Marquis de Sade. For “L’inceste” was a contest between reason and perversion, elegance and corruption, good and evil. And the only rules of the game are those that determine the theatrical power of staging and interpretation. The show was composed of ten works spread over three rooms in Lisbon’s Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). The dialogue between the traditional pieces on permanent exhibition and Araújo’s intervention was an additional element of complexity or, if you prefer, perversity in reading the show. Araújo’s works here (each titled L’inceste, 2004) were standard museum vitrines, inside which were porcelain pieces installed on a gray moiré fabric base with embroidered texts. The objects

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