Second edition of the Lisbon International Biennial of Contemporary Jewellery, will take place this year between April and September, with the theme: “Political Jewellery. Jewels of Power” and the title Madrugada, inspired by a famous poem by Sophia de Melo Breyner (in English, Daybreak).

In April 2024, the 25th of April revolution turns 50 years old. The values ​​of democracy, freedom and equality, which were the driving force behind regime change in Portugal, are once again threatened around the world. We are living in dark times in which political and religious extremism threatens not only democracies, but world peace. The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April are a pivotal event in Portuguese life over the next two years, but they can also be a moment of reflection on the global context. Jewelry has always had a close connection with power. Whether monetary, spiritual or political power, jewelry was and is symbolic representations of these manifestations – from popular gold, which collects savings or dowries in the form of jewelry, to the papal ring and coat of arms rings, decorations, tiaras and royal crowns. There is also, in contemporary jewelry, a body of work in which authors express positions, reflections and comments of a political nature on the most diverse subjects – questioning the financial system, problematizing racial issues, affirming feminist positions, denouncing massacres or making fun of consumption. excessive, everything can be a theme for a piece of jewelry understood as an artistic manifestation. Art in freedom and the possibility of critical political expression will be two of the central themes for reflection.



18.04.2024 (Thursday) *opening 17.04.2024/XNUMX/XNUMX



Exhibition design: Mónica Taipina

Date: inauguration on April 17, 2024, opening to the public on April 18, closing on June 30.

An exhibition composed of jewellers who are members of PIN, which brings together jewellery made for women who played an important role in the transition to democracy or suffered especially with the dictatorship. Each artist evokes a known or anonymous woman who marked or marks activism for democracy and freedom in Portugal and also in other geographies.

~ 60 artists participate / Until June 30th - Sunday

118.04.2024 (Thursday) *opening 17.04.2024/XNUMX/XNUMX



Exhibition design: Mónica Taipina

Date: inauguration on April 17, 2024, opening to the public on April 18, closing on June 30.

Synonymous with the exclusivity of classic jewellery, a symbol of status, power and wealth, the tiara has practically disappeared in the contemporary world. In an artistic field that has in its conceptual genesis the criticism of preciousness and the idea of ​​jewellery for everyone, what can a tiara express?

Former ARCO students and guest artists create contemporary tiaras, a piece of jewellery almost forgotten in the 40st century, inviting dialogue with the classic jewellery from the Royal Treasury collection, in a new version of the exhibition held on the fortieth anniversary of the jewellery department of ARCO.

~40 artists participate / Until June 30th - Sunday


EXHIBITION “1984” by TERESA MILHEIRO, Curators: Natxo Checa and Manuel Costa Cabral

Location: Zé dos Bois Gallery

Date: opening on May 20th

Teresa Milheiro's work establishes the body as a place of the inescapable original conflict between the human being and its collective nature. The bio-political instance, upon which violence, control, alienation, and obedience strike, resists the incompleteness of the fragile but sagacious subjectivity, dissatisfied with the docility of surviving and committed to wanting to be. Without documenting forty years of her career, the exhibition "1984" brings together existing and new works, staging, above all, the artist's dialogue with Orwellian dystopia


22-26.06.2024 (Saturday—Wednesday)


10am–17pm (Saturday 14pm–17pm)

Location: Arco – Center for Arts and Visual Communication


HOPE Masterclass: Lin Cheung (UK)

Masterclass JEWELLERY IN ACTION: Manuel Vilhena (PT)

24-30.06.2024 (Monday Sunday)


Location: different spaces in Lisbon

These events are the initiative of galleries, artist collectives and schools, or independent curators who, during the central week of the Biennale, will show works related to the general theme.

Galeria Reverso presents Veronika Fabian

Galeria Tereza Seabra presents Eija Mustonen and Helena Lehtinen

Cindor School (Portugal)

António Arroio School (Portugal)

Algures Jewellery School (Brazil)

Atelier Mourão School (Brazil)

Extranalities Collective

Power by collective #000000

Coletivo Broca (Brazil)

Bang Bang (duo exhibition)

Students at the Munich Art Academy

L'étranger (curated by Elena Karpilova)

Resistance + Fragility (collective exhibition)

Alter Solis (group exhibition)

Birth (group exhibition)

Is It Worth How Much Does It Weigh? (collective exhibition)

From Ex-voto to jewel with power (solo by Márcia Cirne)

When men climb trees (duo exhibition)

Radical Softness (group exhibition)

Walk the line (group exhibition)

Kukas (meeting with the artist)

Tympani Organ (Fausto Lobo solo)

27.06.2024 (Thursday)



Date: 27th, 28th and 29th June.

Three half days of debate and reflection on political jewellery, jewelry and the power and politics of jewellery, with national and international speakers.

June 27 / Give me a Revolution

Cindi Strauss (USA), Monica Gaspar (ES), Vivi Touloumidi (GR)

June 28 / More than Flowers

Dionea Rocha Watt (BR), Rosa Maria Mota (PT), Toon Leen (BE)

June 29 / Radical Entanglements

Clementine Edwards (AU), Patricia Domingues (PT), Benjamin Lignel (FR)

27.06.2024 (Thursday)

MADRUGADA COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION, Curatorship: Mónica Gaspar (ES), Patrícia Domingues (PT), Marta Costa Reis (PT)

Location: MUDE - Fora de Portas

Date: opening on June 27, 2024, closing on September 22.

The Biennial's core exhibition is about a journey through the various themes and notable moments of political jewels, bringing together multiple artists from different nationalities. “Madrugada” appeals to that moment of total possibility, of infinite potential that was felt at the dawn of the Revolution, but it is not just the themes of 1974 that we want to bring to this exhibition, we want to use that energy to think about the now and design the future. Based on this idea and the intuitions raised by the title “Madrugada”, we sought to generate sharing, coexistence, emancipation, collaboration, democracy and dialogue, creating an exhibition where everything interconnects and increases in this connection. The exhibition will have different thematic sections to disseminate ideas and objects. From these sections, connections are born that become more complex, occupying the space, inspired by the works, the dialogues they establish and how the political dimension is expressed by the artists.

We are planning the exhibition around the following thematic areas: More than Flowers, Caring, Materiality, Voices of Protest, Instruments, Memories, Identity, Borders, Hope and Give me a Revolution (workshops and other interactions with the public). ” (excerpt from the curatorial project)

28.06.2024 (Friday)

MEETING and EXHIBITION OF SCHOOLS, Curator: Catarina Silva

Location: Arco – Center for Arts and Visual Communication

Date: June 28

Participants: Ar.Co – Center for Art and Visual Communication (PT), Central of Saint Martins – University of the Arts (UK), Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (EE), Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School (IT), Konstfack. University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Jewellery and Corpus (SE), PXL-MAD – School of Arts Hasselt (BE), Saint Lucas School of Arts Antwerpen (BE). The exhibition continues throughout the month of July.

28.06.2024 (Friday)


Location: FRESS Museum

Date: 28-30 June

International galleries present their best pieces, based on the Biennial's theme. Each of them was asked to include at least one Portuguese artist in their exhibition, thus seeking to promote the representation of national artists in other markets.

Participating: Galerie Door (Netherlands), Galeria Alice Floriano (Brazil), Galerie Vice-Versa (Switzerland), Galerie Beyond (Belgium), Galerie Quittenbaum (Germany), Galerias Platina and Four (Sweden), Tincal Lab (Portugal)

29.06.2024 (Saturday)


Location: MUDE Out of Doors

Date: June 29, 2024.

Conversations between artists participating in the “Madrugada” exhibition


Location: Ar.co

Date: June 29, 2024

Celebration of Dawn and the Biennale, evoking intervention music.

30.06.2024 (Sunday)

Closing of Contemporary Tiaras and Jewelry for Democracy Exhibitions at the Royal Treasury Museum