I is for Institute: Kunsthalle Lissabon at the ICA

15 Mar 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia


Exhibition view of Iman Issa’s Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2016. Photo by Bruno Lopes, courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

In conjunction with its year-long discovery project, I is for Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents a conversation between Luís Silva and João Mourão, co-founders and co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon. Founded by Silva and Mourão in 2009, Kunsthalle Lissabon is an independent contemporary art institution based in Lisbon, Portugal, that seeks to position itself “as an intentional alternative to traditional institutional models and, in the process, expand the general view of what constitutes an institution.”

I is for Institute is a multi-part investigation into the idea of “institutionality,” in which the ICA will determine how to dynamically plan for the future and increase audience engagement with the institution and its programs. Over the course of the project, the ICA will engage in archival research on its founding mission and its peer institutions, followed by a public survey and interviews with art historians, curators, and artists about the meaning, boundaries, and opportunities inscribed in the word “institute.”