On March 5, EXCAVO will open Carpe Diem: Múltiplos. Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (CDAP) is a contemporary art nonprofit and multidisciplinary visual arts structure based in Lisbon, Portugal with the aspiration to generate an international network of exchange between artists, critics, students and the public.
The Curatorial Program consists of exhibitions as a result of residencies by national and international artists accompanied by conferences, talks, workshops and guided tours. Since 2013 CDAP has presented these editions in a range of over 30 spaces globally including Paris, Berlin, Athens, Seoul, New York, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (CDAP) is a contemporary art non-profit research and studies agency founded in 2009 as a plural and multidisciplinary visual arts structure with the ambition to create a network of exchange of information between creators, critics, students, producers and the public. The Curatorial Program consists of exhibitions that result from residencies by national and international artists, accompanied by conferences, talks, workshops and guided tours.
From 2009 to 2017 the location of CDAP was in the XVIII Palácio Pombal in Lisbon, Portugal. Since then the agency has moved into a new challenge: to not have a permanent exhibition space and continue with developing programs that relate to exhibiting contemporary art in ever-changing settings internationally. Heritage, education and sustainability are a main focus. The current projects at this moment are a yearly exhibition project with Abreu Advogados in a 19th c. century building that used to be the Port of Lisbon Archive, the continuation of Arte Jovem, a national call for final year students of all the art schools of Portugal and the edition’s permanent and temporary displays.
The works are printed in a series of 30, accompanied by the authenticity certificate and in some cases relate to exhibitions developed at the Palácio Pombal, our previous permanent location. Each piece contributes strongly to the continuation of the curatorial program of CDAP and is the result of a direct relationship between the artist and the project. We consider this to be an important sustainability point of this project.
Today CDAP has produced more than 170 different editions by maintaining the idea of producing a new group of images following each new exhibition.
In short, this Collection of editions is now a natural extension of the contemporary curatorial program and based on a strong new model of cultural sustainability. The program has also the goal of facilitating access to contemporary art for the general public; available for purchase at approachable prices while at the same time contributing to the continuity of the Carpe Diem Art and Research program.