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When the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns across the world, cultural institutions were among the first to close their doors. In late June, the American Alliance of Museums released a stark report. According to its findings, 16 per cent of the 760 organizations polled felt there was a significant risk of permanent closure over the next 16 months. In response, institutions have leveraged their digital presence while cautiously maintaining a physical outpost and thinking through post-pandemic occupancy. 

Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is one such space; it reopened in mid-June, launching a much-anticipated retrospective on Brooklyn-based studio SO-IL. To complement the show, called “Currents —...

SO-IL’s Beeline Installation Prototypes a Future Cultural Space

Taking over the entirety of Lisbon’s MAAT, the etherial installation complements a retrospective of the American firm’s temporary work.

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