Runo Lagomarsino, We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus, 2003, single-slide projection on MDF, 18 × 10 × 16 3⁄4". Photo: Bruno Lopes.

Runo Lagomarsino

Galeria Avenida da Índia

One of the works in this exhibition, Untitled (This wall has no image but it contains geography), 2011/2018, featured the Portuguese version of its subtitle, written in small letters with white pencil on a wall painted black. Geography is the theme of much of Runo Lagomarsino’s work, so it’s undoubtedly significant that this show was presented in a space—run by the Lisbon municipal council—located near many historical sites and monuments associated with Portugal’s history of colonialism and seafaring in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries. Titled “La neblina” (The Fog), and curated by Filipa Oliveira, it was the first solo exhibition in Portugal by this artist, who divides his time between two cities: Malmö, Sweden, and São Paulo.

On the facade of the gallery hung Bonaparte Before the Sphinx, 2012, a large photographic reproduction of the eponymous 1868 painting by Jean-Léon

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