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A Hidden Artwork inside MAAT Museum 

The MAAT Art Project  is accessible by reading a PDF document that will be the “track” and the basic guide to find the artwork inside the MAAT Museum.  The PDF document is sufficient to enjoy the project without necessarily going to the MAAT Museum. The free PDF text:

One of the waste bins inside the Lisbon MAAT Museum is randomly placed near an intermittent red light. The design of the basket recalls Malevic’s famous paintings very closely.

Art acquires meaning from the moment it reveals the profound truth of the world without an object. His poetics is therefore characterized by a secular mystical tension, connected to a utopian vision of revolutionary renewal of society.

“By suprematism – the artist wrote – I mean the supremacy of pure sensitivity in art. From the point of view of supremacists, the outward appearances of nature offer no interest; only sensitivity is essential. The object itself does not mean anything. With suprematism, art comes to pure expression without representation “.


The work of art was born precisely from this “pure” sensitivity and from the position of the simple visitor who decides to highlight the proximity between the waste bin and the luminous spy.

The indicator light seems to question the object and the function of the object. The Black Square, a symbol of “pure sensitivity”, incorporates the waste of visitors, that is, things that are perhaps considered as the zero degree of a work of art. The Black Square on a white background imposes itself as the most extreme and “absolute” attempt »Of overcoming the limits and relativity of painting, through the presentation of a primary form with no references to anything other than itself, based on the agreement of the two opposite poles of color, black and white, also understood as the end Malevic’s suprematism saw in the total questioning of the object a real political and social utopia. After 100 years, the nature of the object, like the work of art, is experiencing a fibrillation between direct experience and imagination, mediated experience and real objects. Throwing away something, after all, is the opposite of posting content on Facebook. The pollution of contents and information of which we are producers and consumers risks suffocating and anesthetizing us. The result is a void, a “non-information”. Like the freedom to post content on the internet, which we are forced to exist (“I post so I am”), is equivalent to talking to 100 other people in a small room, equivalent to “non-freedom of expression”.

That indicator light seems to want to question the value of the object as much as its elimination / conservation. If we were able to reconsider our needs, the concept of “crisis” could change, be it economic, political, social, personal or private. The global emergence of Coronavirus is forcing us to reevaluate and appreciate new needs. Capitalism trembles not only because of the total blockade but also because people after this crisis could pursue new needs. Kazimir Malevic saw “Inoperosity as an effective truth of man”, in which, against the tradition that sees the realization of Inoperative man affirms himself as the “highest form of humanity”. Luca Rossi’s work at the MAAT in Lisbon stems precisely from a state of inactivity, or rather, from a different “critical sense” towards reality. Contemplation and idleness are the metaphysical operators of anthropogenesis, who, freeing the living man from any biological or social destiny and from any predetermined task, make him available for that particular absence of work that we are used to calling “politics” and “art” The definition of the creative gesture, given by Gilles Deleuze and then completed by Giogrio Agamben, sees the work of art as the “result” of an act of resistance that the artist makes towards himself. If anyone can be Luca Rossi, anyone can hold back and resist Luca Rossi. In the work of art, as in life, the “done” as well as the “not done” has value, what we discard and throw, in fact, in the garbage. Not understanding a work of art can be an indicator light that tells us that we are wrong in deciding what to keep and what to throw in the trash.