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Vinte Vinte

2020 foi o que foi e talvez ainda não tenha passado tempo suficiente para percebermos o que isso é e, mais importante ainda, o que será. Com todas as dificuldades, barreiras, esforços, lutas e outra vez dificuldades, foi um ano em que vi, li, ouvi coisas excecionais.

Também foi um ano em reli e revi sagas para conforto próprio e, é claro, ouvi de novo discos que volto sempre a ouvir, mas isso não entra aqui. Tenho saudades de ir a concertos e não há nenhum nesta lista. Não é tudo deste ano, mas foi neste ano que cheguei ao que aqui está e foi neste ano que me ficaram na memória.

A lista não não é, obviamente, completa, mas estas foram algumas coisas de que gostei muito (está tudo por ordem alfabética):


  • Devs – Alex Garland
  • I May Destroy You – Michaela Coel
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney / Allice Birch / Mark O’Rowe
  • We Are Who We Are – Luca Guadagnino / Paolo Giordano / Francesca Manieri / Sean Conway


  • A Perfect Spy – John Le Carré
  • Agency – William Gibson
  • Balada para Sophie – Filipe Melo e Juan Cavia
  • Berlin – Jason Lutes
  • Cleanness – Garth Greenwell
  • Flights – Olga Tokarczuk
  • Hurricane Season – Fernanda Melchior
  • Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
  • Rusty Brown – Chris Ware
  • Spring / Summer – Ali Smith
  • The Lost Pianos of Siberia – Sophy Roberts


  • A Metamorfose dos Pássaros – Catarina Vasconcelos
  • His House – Remi Weekes
  • Mank – David Fincher
  • Martin Eden – Pietro Marcello
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Eliza Hittman
  • Nomadland – Chloé Zhao
  • O Fim Do Mundo – Basil da Cunha
  • Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu – Céline Sciamma
  • Possessor – Brandon Cronenberg
  • Sound of Metal – Darius Marder
  • The Human Voice – Pedro Almodóvar


  • Cenizas – Nico Jaar
  • Debussy-Rameau – Víkingur Ólafsson
  • Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
  • S. Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 – Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki
  • Mordechai – Khruangbin
  • Raiashopping – David Bruno
  • Róisín Machine – Róisín Murphy
  • Rough and Rowdy Ways – Bob Dylan
  • The Lost Berlin Tapes – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Untitled (Black Is)/Untitled (Rise) – Sault

Já agora, apenas dos livros mantenho um registo anual, hábitos. Li isto (ainda ando a ler mais três, mas ficam para o ano):

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Liu Ye






Beijing-born painter Liu Ye (b. 1964) combines abstraction and figuration to create bold, meditative paintings that investigate the intersections of history and representation through a distinct vocabulary that transcends traditional Eastern and Western art-historical categories. Drawing on both his childhood memories of China and his early education in Europe, the artist’s carefully balanced, methodical compositions play on perspective and ways of seeing, while also referencing a diverse range of aesthetic, literary, and cultural sources. Among these are the fairy-tale worlds of Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll; literature by Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov; and modernist painting, architecture, and design, from Balthus to the Bauhaus. These various points of reference have inspired Liu’s artistic output for more than twenty-five years, resulting in a body of work that is at once rich in its historical quotations and singularly his own.

Liu studied mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and industrial design at the School of Arts & Crafts, both in Beijing, before studying at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. The artist spent six years living and studying in Europe, which included a six-month-long residency in 1998 at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

The artist’s work was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai (November 2018 through January 2019). Other solo museum presentations include shows at Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2016) and Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2007).

His work has also been featured in significant international group exhibitions, including Hello World: Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2018); The World in 2015, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); Focus Beijing: De Heus-Zomer Collection, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2014); Re-View: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum, Shanghai (2014); In Time, 2012 Chinese Oil Painting Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2012); Future Pass: From Asia to the World, 54th Venice Biennale (2011; traveled to Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung; and Today Art Museum, Beijing); Chinamania, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark (2009); and Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley (2008; traveled to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts). In 2017, Liu’s work was included in the 57th Venice Biennale as part of Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel, director of the 2017 Venice Biennale and chief curator at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Work by Liu is held in numerous public collections, including the Long Museum, Shanghai; M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong; the Shanghai Art Museum; Today Art Museum, Beijing; and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Liu lives and works in Beijing.

Some Of My Best Friends Are Records


From "The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity" by Grant Snider


What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? Grant Snider’s illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers and, like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions. Whether you are a professional artist or designer, a student pursuing a creative career, a person of faith, someone who likes walks on the beach, or a dreamer who sits on the front porch contemplating life, this collection of one- and two-page comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

Marilyn reads Ulysses


James Joyce was born on this day in 1882. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his novel Ulysses stands as a monument to modernism but remains a daunting challenge to many readers. This picture of Marilyn Monroe was taken during a photoshoot with Eve Arnold, who described the moment thus:

'We worked on a beach on Long Island. She was visiting Norman Rosten the poet…. I asked her what she was reading when I went to pick her up (I was trying to get an idea of how she spent her time). She said she kept Ulysses in her car and had been reading it for a long time. She said she loved the sound of it and would read it aloud to herself to try to make sense of it — but she found it hard going. She couldn’t read it consecutively. When we stopped at a local playground to photograph she got out the book and started to read while I loaded the film. So, of course, I photographed her. It was always a collaborative effort of photographer and subject where she was concerned — but almost more her input.'