MAAT launches Love Open Call

Until 15 February, MAAT runs the  Love Open Call competition, which will award the best love photo next to the Solitaire (2018) by visual artist Joana Vasconcelos, located outside the MAAT Gallery. In the month that commemorates love, the museum invites everyone with an Instagram account to take part in this creative challenge and be eligible to win both an artwork by Joana Vasconcelos and a MAAT Pass.

Participants must take a photo next to Joana Vasconcelos' Solitaire, displayed outside MAAT, and upload it to their Instagram account between 5 and 15 February with the tag #MAATLoveOpenCall and the mentions to @maatmuseum and @joanavasconcelosatelier. These photographs will be eligible for participation in a digital exhibition at MAAT and the chance of winning the artwork Cupido (2024) by Joana Vasconcelos, as well as the MAAT Pass (which is valid for one year). The winners will be handed over their prizes at a public presentation held at MAAT. Cupido is an artwork created by Joana Vasconcelos from a frog in Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro's faience, covered in the traditional Pico Island (Azores) crochet.

Contestants must take a photograph that captures the work Solitaire and the human presence within a romantic relationship. The photographs can be taken with a mobile phone or a digital camera.

Shortlist and winner:

Initially, 10 photographs representing 10 finalists will be selected. Their names will be announced on 16 February via MAAT's Instagram profile. MAAT will post an announcement of the 10 finalists on Instagram, tagging the respective accounts. The 10 shortlisted photographs will be part of a digital exhibition at MAAT's premises from 16 February 2024 to 22 February 2024.

From the 10 shortlisted photographs, the jury will select the prize-winning photograph according to the following criteria: 50 per cent - technical quality and composition; 50 per cent - creativity, originality, and appropriateness for the theme of the contest. The regulations can be consulted in full on the MAAT website.


The 10 photographs selected by the jury will take part in a one-week pop-up digital exhibition (16 to 22 February) at MAAT.

The most inspiring photograph of the 10 finalists (in feed) will be selected as the "winning photograph" and awarded with the work Cupid (2024) and the MAAT Pass (valid for one year), which will be presented at a public ceremony at MAAT.

From the judging panel will take part Joana Vasconcelos, Rita Romão (Marketing, Projects and Partnerships Director at the EDP Foundation), Graça Fonseca (teacher and entrepreneur) and Luís Osório (writer and journalist). The winner will be announced the 22 February in a public ceremony at MAAT.

At the same time, Joana Vasconcelos' Plug-in exhibition catalogue will be launched, with texts from João Pinharanda, Valter Hugo Mãe and Jorge Lima Barreto.

Joana Vasconcelos' Plug-in exhibition is on until 8 April.

The exhibition's curator, João Pinharanda, writes about Solitaire:

A set of 110 car rims and 1449 whisky glasses make up this gigantic ring. The symbolic ostentation of this very special jewel (the rims are from a luxury car and the glasses serve a drink with significant social status) sums up an entire individual programme (the possession of a precious ring) that is also a programme of public ostentation of wealth. Placed outside the museum facing the Tagus, this ring can take on a new role as an alliance between the artist and her public. At night, due to the lighting emanating from it, this role of attraction/connection seems to be emphasised.
João Pinharanda